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 Four: Understanding unintentional consequences

Many things in life have a good purpose but can also be misused and their blessing can become a curse. If you suddenly received a large sum of money, you would probably think of many good things that money could do. But there are downsides, too—people may keep calling you asking for money.

When fundraisers are used following the steps we’ve outlined over the past few weeks, they can be beneficial. However, we should also go into this with eyes open to some of the unintentional consequences while at the same time recognizing the benefits fundraisers may bring.

• Fundraisers may take away people’s time and energy from other areas of Christian ministry (like volunteering at Vacation Bible School)

•Fundraisers may give the impression that the church’s business is raising money not sharing the gospel.

•Fundraisers may downplay our privilege to give offerings motivated by God’s love.

•Some forms of fundraisers (like raffles or lotteries) may lead people to the sins of greed and coveting.

Yet there can also be benefits to fundraisers, when carried out in a God-pleasing way.

•Fundraisers can encourage and reward hard work.

•They can serve as an opportunity for Christian fellowship.

•Fundraisers may provide a source of funds for Christian ministry.

As we consider the use of fundraisers, we must keep our eyes on both sides of the issue so that we are as informed as possible. Fundraisers that work understand the unintentional consequences.

Next up! Step Five: Fundraisers that work are budget mindful. Please e-mail any comments or questions to pastors@goodshepherds.net.