The Sower 2

As mentioned in a previous blog, The Sower, is an excellent book if you are interested in having your paradigm of fundraising turned upside down!

In effort to look at a biblical worldview for raising resources, the book is based on 3 assumptions:

  1. Generous giving is not predicted solely on the work of an individual or an organization’s efforts, but rather on God’s work in people.  1Corinthians 3:6-9
  2. Generosity flows from transformed hearts as they conform to the image of Christ, who is generous. Acts 4:32-37, Acts 5:1-11
  3. Christian resource-raising is not solely about securing transactions or gifts; rather it is encouraging spiritual transformation – helping people become givers rich toward God.

I don’t know about you, but the idea of my job being about seeing the heart of a donor transformed by God versus dollars tallied is encouraging indeed.  Remember Jesus was in the people business – so we are in good company.  I am convinced that as our focus becomes the heart of givers the dollars will follow.


2 Responses to “The Sower 2”

  1. The Sower « Giving Solutions Says:

    […] READ PART 2 of Connie’s thoughts on The Sower. Posted in For Ministry. Tags: ECFA, Gary Hoag, giving, Scott Rodin, The Sower. 1 Comment » […]

  2. Eric Foley Says:

    Connie, the three points you share from the book are music to my ears. I’ll definitely look into purchasing a copy of the book.

    It certainly squares with my own practice of reclaiming the word “philanthropy” for Christian use. Few people realize that the word is actually used in the Bible, in Titus 3:4, to describe not financial giving from one human being to another but rather God’s love toward us in Christ. In fact, the word originates in the 5th Century BC to describe Prometheus’ imprisonment by Zeus because Prometheus loves and cares for human beings too much.

    As with the three points you’ve described, we need ways of thinking about fundraising that source with the love of God and his overall work in the believer’s life, of which financial giving is but a small but blessedly important component.

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