As you begin another calendar year, there will be many priorities and needs vying for your attention. As you consider ways to fund your ministry, remember that there are three keys for your fund raising in this new year.
1. Your vision for your ministry.
What does the Lord want you to accomplish in 2014 for His glory? What does that look like? Think outside the box. Do some dreaming. Why can’t 2014 be the best year ever for you and your ministry? Don’t approach 2014 as just another year of ministry doing the same old thing. We serve a God who not only expects big things from us but is capable of performing that in our life and ministry.
God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us. (Ephesians 3:20, MSG)
2. Your vision for your donors.
Why merely expect some of your donors to fund your ministry at the same levels of last year? For us it should not be business as usual.
Recently I got up the courage to challenge a donor to double what he gave last year. Sure I was nervous when I made the ask. For days I struggled, should I just ask for the same amount or challenge him to double. The result? He decided to give 4 times what he did the previous year. Am I glad I did not simply go for the status quo.
3. Your dependence upon the Lord.
Keep in mind that God is in the business of translating His vision into the hearts of His people. Maybe we forget that from time to time. If it is His ministry then we know He will fund His ministry, but there is our part to play. We need to pray as never before. Give the Lord the credit when we experience success. And yes, we need to be prepared. Get your strategy in place, practice, evaluate, modify and improve those necessary fund raising skills.
I am excited about 2014 and trust you are too. I expect great things from the Lord but I need to do my part, and He will do His part.
May the Lord continue to bless your ministry in 2014.
– Bill Dillon
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