Fundraising was not something I enjoyed for my first 16 months on staff. Man has God changed my mind in the past 6 weeks. Now I can’t wait to call friends, set appointments, and share this passionate vision I have for the future of FCA in San Diego.
When I flew to Fayetteville, Arkansas with my good friend and fellow San Diego FCA’er Brian Schroeder, I was ready to get better at fundraising, but definitely wasn’t thrilled about spending a weekend away from my family in Arkansas. But man did God work on my heart. There were three major revelations for me that I wanted to share with you as I move forward.
1.) Stop playing Holy Spirit and start sharing the vision God has given you.
This was the most amazing revelation to me and what has been my mantra since I’ve returned. Let me explain. Steve Shadrach, the conference keynote speaker, has been fully funded since 1986. The reason he’s been fully funded is sharing a passion for his ministry, but more importantly, HE ASKS. So often I have put people in boxes and labeled potential partners in the ministry. I have had the thoughts of “I haven’t talked to them in a while” or “will I be bothering them” or “will they care”? What Steve challenged us to do was stop trying to wrestle with one’s relationship with God on their behalf and instead, share our passion and let these people wrestle with God instead. In fact, that leads me to the second big takeaway…
2.) Most missionaries have 1000 relationships, but only ask 60 for support.
Yikes. Talk about a slap in the face. This made me realize that I have not been faithful and trusting God in this process and in addition, have potentially limited others opportunity to serve the Kingdom of God. Yikes, part 2. I will never make this mistake again. I immediately made a list of people that I owed a face-to-face conversation and the respect and opportunity to see if they wanted partner me in our ministry. I often complained that I didn’t have any potential donors to talk to, didn’t know where to turn, blah, blah, blah. Through this process, I had also put God in a box and limited the opportunity for Him to wrestle with people’s hearts and change their lives forever. Never again will I limit.
3.) Jesus lived off support, what’s your problem?
Oh, so the King of Kings and Lord of Lords lived off the generosity and provisions of others and I am fighting this process? What does that say about my faith in what God can do? By this point of the weekend, I realized I had limited God in this ministry in every possible way and I was ready to serve my God differently for the rest of my life.
God has blessed my family and this ministry tremendously in the 18 months I’ve been on staff, even as I’ve stumbled through the darkness. As my director Colin Sinclair is keen to say, we have to dream so big that the only way it can succeed is to have God in it. Well, I have set the bar high and am aggressively looking to build my budget and be fully funded for this ministry. My plan is to be fully funded by the start of FCA camp on June 27. That means I need to raise roughly $1000 of new monthly support every 3 weeks. If that’s not God sized, I don’t know what is.
So I’m coming for you. If you haven’t heard from me, you will, and I’m going to invite you to join me in serving a Huge God in this ministry. I hope you can take this as encouragement to live in God’s shadow instead of trying to cast your own.
Posted on Thu, March 22, 2012
by Matt Clinton