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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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. A Spirituality of Fundraising by Henri J. A succinct and powerful witness that fundraising is a form of ministry and can be a deeply spiritual experience.

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This was a sermon Nouwen gave a number of years ago and was edited into a book. It is a thin volume but thick on truth and a different view of fundraising and money.

His main point is to encourage Christian leaders to see that our fear of talking about and asking for money stems from our dependance on it rather than God. He also highlights the idea that all mnistry is relational and that fundraising is ministry. Asking for money and giving can draw us into deeper relationships wi This was a sermon Nouwen gave a number of years ago and was edited into a book.

Asking for money and giving can draw us into deeper relationships with others, he believes. May 29, Tami rated it really liked it Shelves: I’m co-chairing an upcoming fundraiser for a cause I believe in.

This book reinforced how important it is to believe in your cause, rely on already strong relationships in your life to build other believers, and how to help your friends and family become believers in your cause as well.

Ultimately, fundraising is spiritual journey to be enjoyed and shared with people you care about. A short little book adapted from a sermon or address that Nouwrn gave.

A Spirituality of Fundraising by Henri J.M. Nouwen

As someone who’s been raising money as part of ministry for two years now this was an immensely helpful little read. Nouwen asks his reader to think about their own fundraiing to money and to other people and to consider how fundraising can actually be a ministry to the people that we’re asking because we’re inviting them to participate in nouwej work of God’s kingdom.

It’s all very beautiful and encouraging, one of the best t A short little book adapted from a sermon or address that Nouwrn gave. It’s all very beautiful and encouraging, one of the best things I’ve ever read on fundraising. Apr 04, David rated it it was amazing Shelves: Fantastic short read for anyone who fundraises in ministry. Nouwen was a brilliant spiritual writer whose work has consistently moved and challenged me, so I was delighted to see this offering.

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I am going to encourage everyone in my campus ministry organization to read it. Quick and sweet overview of the theology behind fund-raising and stewardship. I especially enjoy Nouwen’s analysis of relationality and community as being at the core of our work in fundraising–the goal is fundrausing money, but relationship, building community, creating the Kingdom. Mar 01, Rich rated it really liked it. Quick read to refresh ministry workers about the purpose and ministry of partnership development.

Not full of practical how-to’s, but contains probing questions that bring the reader back to the ultimate goal of inviting God’s people to join in on God’s work in the world.

A Spirituality of Fundraising

Jan 04, Drew rated it it was amazing Shelves: Wonderful little book that every Christian whose job requires raising fundraisiing should read.

For such a small book there is very profound content. Mar 19, Dave rated it really liked it Shelves: Good overview of spiritual reasons to fundraise. A good and quite short book to read slowly and reflectively.

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

Worth a look for anyone involved in raising money, and maybe also for those who give it too. Feb 28, Kevin rated it really liked it. Short, simple and deep. Important read for those individuals involved in fundraising for the Kingdom.

There are some gems in there and it is short enough that it is worth the read. Nov 30, Dagan Mayfield rated it fundraiaing was amazing. Challenging and Inspiring As always Henri both inspires one to see ministry through a new lens by first understanding oneself at a deeper level. Nov 20, Sam Schreiner rated it really liked it. While Nouwen is always rich and this gave me a lot to think about, it funrraising me wishing that he hennri taken the time to write more on the subject.

Three cheers for having the bravery to write on this important topic and I’m grateful that he has left this treasure for those who come behind him. Jul 02, Benjamin Vineyard rated it really liked it. This is an excellent, short book on the heart of fundraising.

If you’re looking for encouragement to enter what feels to be a daunting tasks, Nouwen has some great, consoling wisdom to offer.

My greatest take away: People give to something they believe in. It’s a mission, not a task, that people want to participate in. This reality will drive us, the ones requesting, to the drawing board to ask, “How much do I believe in what I’m raising resources for? 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. I believe that I have something important to offer.

This book definitely strikes a different tone about fundraising. It challenges people to see fundraising as an act of relationship rather than an act of necessity. It findraising people to view fundraising as an opportunity to announce the mission of your particular organization, and invite people to work with you to achieve it’s purpose.

What I found lacking was depth. The thoughts fundraisiing actually just compilations of what Nouwen said in various speaches to development officers of non-profits and ch This book definitely strikes a different tone about fundraising.

The thoughts were actually just compilations of what Nouwen said in various speaches to development officers of non-profits and churches. It takes about 5 minutes to get the point. It will take much more to convince someone to become a fundraiser if they are not already.

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A good book, albeit short. It challenges some deep-set beliefs revolving around fundraising both giving and asking.

This fundraisnig talks about conversion. The conversion that we as fundraisers need to go through to be able to ask for support without hesitation and the conversion the giver ne A good book, albeit short. The conversion that we as fundraisers need to go through to be able to ask for support without hesitation and the conversion the giver needs to go through in order to see that their giving is allowing them to partner with someone who is being their hands and feet in another country or endeavor.

Nov 05, Alice Zhang rated it liked it Shelves: Quick recap of a biblically-minded approach to fundraising, that’s been a timeless reminder funsraising missions workers.

The Spirituality of Fundraising essentially sums up all those points for a good refresher on why asking others to partner financially is about reinvesting God’s money, not their’s, and addresses other miscon Quick recap of a biblically-minded approach nnouwen fundraising, that’s been a timeless reminder for missions workers.

This book was recommended to me by my sending organization as a way to help prepare me in support raising for missionary service.

It’s very short and is not a book of practical fundraising tips but rather a sermonette on how to view fundraising from a theological fundralsing. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is doing fundraising as it will help give you a different perspective on what is often seen as drudgery work. Nouwen’s goal is to empower the fundraiser to see their task as the Hdnri book was recommended to me by my sending organization as a way to help prepare me in support raising for missionary service.

Nouwen’s goal is to empower the fundraiser to see their task as the Lord sees it and to value it as funrdaising as they do other work and ministry.

Jun 02, Tyler rated fundraisibg it was ok. The book is very short and to the point, which is good. It’s useful for someone heading into a ministry that necessitates raising financial support. But other than that, it’s probably not worth reading. Then again, it’s so short, there’s really no harm in reading it. 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.

Sep 27, Rachelle Sperling rated it really liked it. A very helpful little book for anyone who has to raise money for ministry. With discussion on seeing the work of Fundraising as ministry See my profile for my star rating system. This is nluwen wonderful little Christian primer reminding me that fundraising is all about confidence in the mission and vision of the nouwn and about the relationship I seek with God in the process of asking ehnri for money.

I like the quote, “I will take your money only if it’s good for your spiritual journey and your spiritual health. Aug 17, Michael rated it liked it. It is a useful little collection.