Fundraisers that Work
When it comes to fundraising at Good Shepherd’s, we are different from other organizations in how we use them. Fundraisers can be good, but there are also concerns with them. This series will carefully step us through what makes fundraisers work so they are healthy for God’s people.
Step Two: Fundraisers that work are stewardship driven
Everything we have belongs to God: time, abilities, possessions. And God wants us to manage those things in a way that gives him honor. This is what’s called “stewardship” and stewardship is one way we worship God.
God makes us his managers to give us an opportunity to show our love for him. In Romans 12, God encourages us to give our bodies as an offering of thanks to him for saving us from sin. We respond to God’s love by serving him willingly and joyfully. It’s all about an attitude of thanksgiving. Two people could give offerings of $20 to God. One gives it with thankfulness in their heart to God—this is God-pleasing stewardship. The other does it because they have to—this is sinful. So God-pleasing stewardship happens when people are motivated by God’s forgiveness. Think about how many children joyfully give 25 cents because they love Jesus, while much larger offerings go unnoticed by God because they were never given for the right reason! It’s all about attitude.
Fundraisers may inadvertently cause us to forget the attitude of God-pleasing stewardship by emphasizing the outward action instead of the inner attitude. They may focus on how much money was raised, instead of helping people respond to God’s love.
Godly giving is a joy that lets our trust in God’s promises cry out with songs of praise to the one who saved us. We don’t want to put anything in the way that hinders someone’s joy in giving. But can fundraisers also give us an opportunity to serve and glorify God? Of course! But careful thought must be given as to how they will do that. When they remain focused on the attitude of thanksgiving—they work! Fundraisers that work are stewardship driven.
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Up next! Step Three: Fundraisers that work give more than they swap
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