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From the perspective of the gospel, fundraising is not a response to a crisis. Fundraising is, first and foremost, a form of ministry. It is a way of announc-. Overview. Have you ever raised funds for your church, another organization, or a mission trip? Maybe you felt uncomfortable about asking people to donate. A Spirituality of Fundraising has ratings and 85 reviews. Eugene said: This was a sermon Nouwen gave a number of years ago and was edited into a book.

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First of all, I think that it is rundraising just plain jealousy: My father always said, “Henri, be funsraising you don’t become dependent on anybody. A Spirituality of Fundraising by Henri J. How did they make all that money?

It was just about six years ago; someone had read a lot of my books, and called my assistant at the university; I wasn’t there, I was a away for a few months; and he said, “I’m reading Henri Nouwen’s books and I wonder, does he need any money because I really want him to write more and it is expensive to write books these days.

A good book, albeit short. A succinct and powerful witness that fundraising is a form of ministry and can be a deeply spiritual experience.

As someone who’s been raising money as part of ministry for two years now this was an immensely helpful little read. Many rich people are very lonely. Let me recall what I said earlier; asking people for money is giving them the opportunity of putting their resources at the disposal of the Kingdom, it is giving other people the chance of offering their resources for the work of God.

And I want to talk about this because it is a very important question. I didn’t know what to do, so I said, “Well, go and have dinner fndraising him.


And you notice this immediately when you come to fund raise I wonder how they got it. If it is true that this world is full of lonely people, isolated people, then fundraising has to be community building. After all, even if you conclude that it was absolutely useless, it’s not long enough to really waste a significant amount of your time.

Spirituality of Fundraising by Center for Stewardship Leaders – Stewardship – Luther Seminary

I’m just asking about your relationship to money. And she said, “You know, Henri, everybody is after my money. I like the quote, “I will take your money only if it’s good for your spiritual journey and your spiritual health. You’ll get fndraising from me.

Fundraising is as spiritual as giving a sermon — if you believe in the Kingdom. When he died, his family said to me, “We as a family would like to continue supporting you because of the love that you had for my husband and my father. This book is a must for anyone who is in ministry of any type but especially one that requires soliciting funds.

But this is not exactly what we’re talking about. The call that you have in your life, and in God’s eye, must fundeaising deepened and strengthened in your fundraising. After a long period of declining energy, which he chronicled in his final book, Sabbatical Journeyhrnri died in September from a sudden heart attack. The general question is: What is your security base? Now, I want to nuwen with a second subject, people who are rich — I’ve met a number of them since coming to L’Arche.

Asking for money and giving can draw us into deeper relationships with others, he believes. We are not hiding it; this is open to you.


You don’t say, “Please we have a nice little nkuwen going here, and wouldn’t you like to help us out a bit”.

Return to Book Page. Fund raising has to be good for you.

Do you ever use money simply to give others the freedom to do what they want to do? And as long as your trust is in money, you cannot be a true member of the Kingdom. All you can say is “no,” and I can reply, “Fine, you missed your chance,” and I can go on about my business.

So when we build the Kingdom here on earth, it is a Kingdom that will reach out beyond our own chronological existence, and if you raise funds for the creation of a community of love, you are building the Kingdom. Get inspired Receive free stewardship resources and ideas weekly from the Center for Stewardship Leaders.

A short but sweet book that in an hour or two detailed read helped me understand fundraising for ministry as an actual spiritual discipline rather than a necessary chore before we get to the real work. I was invited to join my assistant to meet this banker.

A Spirituality of Fundraising (Print Book)

We are inviting you to invest yourself through the resources that God has given you—your energy, your prayers, and your money—in this work to which God has called us. They have more money than they deserve.

Your trust, hfnri basic trust, Jesus says, has to be in God.