Bishop Fred Magbanua spoke at Christian Growth Ministries’ 50th anniversary celebration. At that event he shared some principles on raising funds and said, “Countless people around the world pray and give or nothing would be accomplished.”
That statement prodded ACTION Associate International Director Jeff Anderson to write down not only the principles shared in that message, but others that he has learned over the years from Doug Nichols and from Jeff’s personal study of the Scriptures.
Here are Jeff’s notes. He says, “These are the fundraising principles I operate by.”
- It is God Who provides for His work.
- It’s our duty to tell His people what He’s doing in and through us.
- We need to pray to the Holy Spirit asking Him to touch His people to give to His work.
- The focus of our request for financial support needs to be on the ministry not on our personal needs.
- The worker informs others of the needs of the ministry. We are not beggars but representatives of what God is doing in a certain place among a particular people for His glory.
- The ministry takes place because the worker is here performing it.
- Always use donations as designated.
- Always send a receipt and/or thank-you letter, followed by regular progress reports.
- If the donation cannot be used as designated ask the donor for permission to use it another way. If they say no, the gift may need to be returned to the donor.
- “For we walk by faith, not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:7 (NKJV)
- “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6 (NKJV)