Do you believe?

Jeff Brooks writes a lot of good, quick hitting stuff about fundraising for non-profits.  I have enjoyed following his blog for the last several months and while it is primarily about raising funds for the secular non-profit world, much of what he writes is appropriate for the church world as well.  A few weeks back, he asked readers “Do you believe in your cause?”

The entry talks about organizations who have a give first rule for its’ fundraisers: the fundraiser is expected to be a donor to the organization so that they are not asking others to do something that they won’t do.  This idea got me to thinking about how many times we as church leaders make asks of our congregation:

  • We ask our people to tithe.
  • We ask our people to give generously to a building project.
  • We ask our people to wait patiently upon the Lord.
  • We ask our people to trust in the LORD with all their heart and lean not on their own understanding.
  • We ask our people to share their faith with family, friends, and neighbors.

Are we doing the things that we are asking our congregations to do?

How do you hold your leadership (and yourself) accountable in this?


About the Author: Matt Steen

I love Jesus, Theresa (my wife), the Redskins & Capitals, and am currently living in Waco, Texas where I am studying the finer points of BBQ (while working on my MDiv and MBA at Baylor University). When not studying, I serve church leaders through MinistryBriefing.com and am the Director of Connections for Harris Creek Baptist Church's Downtown Campus.