Posted by: naccm | October 14, 2009

5 Keys to Fundraising – Dr. Steve Shadrach, Part I

We were given permission to post Dr. Shadrach’s, The BodyBuilders Ministry, summary of 5 Keys to Fundraising. This week Iwill-work-for-food am posting the first two, in part to invite you into comments regarding key #2: Kill the Giants in Your Own Mind. I hope you’ll take time to share your own experience, stories, challenges and encouragement here.

As we grow, expand, plant in the ACM…starting new campus ministry work will expand outside of our traditional paradigms: local churches/local ministry. In part, because where the independent Christian churches are the strongest, so are our campus ministries. To grow, expand and plant in the ACM will mean training our new staff to fundraise well, and for the long-haul.


1. Understand the Biblical Basis
Take some time to study the Scriptures for yourself so you will know exactly what God thinks about asking others to give to you and to your ministry. Some choose to just pray and trust God to bring the funds in.
The great George Muller did this to support his orphanages in 19th century London. But it is just as Biblical and requires as much or more faith to personally invite others to invest. Either way, we have to understand that God is the source of our funds, not the donors, our plans or hard work. Scott Morton of The Navigators in his excellent book Funding Your Ministry Whether You’re Gifted or Not highlights five examples and teachings from the Old and New Testaments about the validity of God’s ministers being supported by others:

A. The example of the Levites (Numbers 18:24)—The Jews gave their tithe to the priests for support.
B. The example of Jesus (Luke 8:2,3)—Many people supported Jesus and the disciples.
C. The teaching of Jesus (Mt. 10:9,10)—A Kingdom worker is worthy of his support.
D. The example of Paul (Acts 18:4,5)—He stopped tentmaking to preach full time on support.
E. The teaching of Paul (1 Cor. 9:1-18)—He had the right to be supported by the churches.

Once you have a Biblical perspective on this topic of asking for and living on the support of others, check on one more thing: evaluate your own giving! Before you can ask anyone else to give you have to be committed to sacrificially investing in Kingdom work on a regular basis. Let’s practice what we preach!

anxious2. Kill the Giants in Your Own Mind

Remember the twelve Hebrew spies who went into the Promised Land to take a look before the whole nation was to enter and claim what God had given them? Only Joshua and Caleb came back ready to invade. The other ten spies were so terrified of the giants they saw in the land that they confessed, “we became like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.” (Exodus 13:33). Instead of trusting God and moving out with courage, they let fear paralyze them. How they viewed themselves affected how the giants viewed them. It is the same way in support raising. The confidence level that we have in our God, our vision, and ourselves can make us….or break us! All of us have different “giants” in our own minds that will keep us from beginning and persevering in the process of assembling a full support team. These are some common “giants” we must conquer:

A. You or your family might think support raising is really just begging.
B. You might think you are not a worthy investment.
C. You might think support raising is just a “necessary evil” that must be endured.
D. You might think people are rejecting you (or your ministry) if they say “no”.

You must kill these giants one at a time as you fill your mind with the Scriptures and believe what God has said about you and your calling. Then you can courageously march in and take the land! Just as God had prepared the land for the people to simply go in and take it, we need to believe that God has prepared the hearts of the donors and we need to walk boldly in faith to find those givers and ask them to join us in our vision.

– next week, 5 Keys Part II, and Spirituality of Fundraising



  1. […] Association of Collegiate Ministries posted the first of two posts about college ministry fundraising, reprinting (with permission) Steve Shadrach’s 5 Keys for this important area. Shadrach is a […]

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