Fund-raising gets a bad rap among some Christian leaders who are uncomfortable with asking for money. They cite George Müller and Hudson Taylor as examples of great Christian men who told their needs to no one but God. Some modify that approach and are willing to share “full information” with donors, “but no solicitation.” Others go so far as to suggest that personal solicitation is an unbiblical method that Christian organizations have adopted from the world.
This is a serious discussion for ministry leaders. What are the Biblical methods for raising funds, and what strategies cross the line? Paul wrote, “Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share” (1 Timothy 6:17, 18, NIV). What does this command look like in real life?