My friend Justin recommended a helpful resource to me several months ago. (BTW, he does great work with an organization called Life in Abundance International and you should check it out.) It’s a little booklet by Henri Nouwen called The Spirituality of Fund-Raising and you can request a free copy from The Nouwen Society.
Nouwen’s thoughts have helped me refocus a few times as we’ve been fund raising this year. Nouwen reminds us that fund-raising is “first, and foremost, a form of ministry” and that it is a “concrete way to help the Kingdom of God come about”. If you are involved in fund-raising, or in any form of ministry with financial expenses, take the time to order this pamphlet. It’s a quick and easy read, but one that should be digested slowly.