Make the planning process spiritual before mechanical…
Ray Lyne of Lifestyle Giving says, “It is important to make the planning process spiritual before focusing on the mechanical. Only then can we minister to the needs of the steward, helping each person to use his God-given abilities to manage God-owned assets to accomplish God-directed purpose.”
Indeed, the only thing that sets Christian Gift Planning and Estate Design apart from secular planning is counseling with biblical principles and a commitment to teaching people to manage assets as stewards. The difference in results to the steward (joy, purpose, and significance) and to ministry (adequate current funding and endowed or continued giving beyond the donor’s death) is very significant.
Of course, as in all of the Christian life, the more effective you are, the more the enemy has reason to oppose you.
The Christian Stewardship Association’s Scott Rodin writes of “5 Things They Never Told Me About Christian Fundraising” (Christian Management Report, September/October 2007). He says that Christian fundraising is about spiritual “warfare, not welfare.” He is right. It stands Christian fundraising professionals in good stead not only to be generous givers but also prayerful people.
As you push ahead to grow a healthy development operation, keep talking with God, listening to God. New challenges will arise. New obstacles may appear. Let every new bend in the road lead you back to the One who called you into ministry in the first place, the One who wants to journey with you and provide for you and reach some portion of a world in need through your ministry. Pray as King David prayed in 1 Chronicles 29:12: “Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all.”
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