Category Archives for "George Bullard’s Journey"

Fundraising is a Life-Giving, Hope-Filled Expression of Ministry

“How do we become people who security base is God and God alone?” “How do we move from perceiving fundraising as an unpleasant but unavoidable activity to recognizing fundraising as a life-giving, hope-filled expression of ministry?” (Nouwen, p. 55) Fundraising as a life-giving, hope-filled expression of ministry is what only can be achieved when we […]

Fundraising Must Increase the Significance of the Organization

“In the world, those who raise funds must show potential donors a strategic plan that convinces donors their money will help to increase the productivity and success of the organization” (Nouwen, p. 51) Fundraising success must also translate into increased significance in Christ-centered ministry. Success is simply not enough. Ultimately it must express itself in […]

Fundraising Must Create New, Lasting Relationships

“We have something to offer–friendship, prayer, peace, love, fidelity, affection, ministry with those in need–and these things are so valuable that people are willing to make their resources available to sustain them. Fundraising must always aim to create new, lasting relationships.” (Nouwen, p. 50) Fundraising must involve long-term meaningful relationships where the donor can participate […]

The Ten “R”s for Plotting a New Congregational Course

One strategy in our association–Columbia Metro Baptist Association–is about helping congregations who have been in significant decline over many years to turnaround and once again be vital and vibrant congregations. At times this requires radical transitions and changes. The current version of this approach is The Ten “Rs” for Plotting a New Congregational Course First, is […]

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