Some of my favorite responses when telling people I raise support for my job:
- "I told my son, he better not be a college graduate begging people for money to work a Christian job."
- "Wow, you're one bad chick!"
- "I could never do that."
- "Good for you... (but their non-verbal communicates the opposite)."
- "When are you going to get a real job?"
These are just a few of the many responses I have had when I tell people that I raise support. Because our culture values independence above everything we have become so resistant to ask anybody for help (in more ways than one). Not to mention, people get squirmy talking about money! Tehe. Here are some un-truths and truths that I have found to be encouraging to me while fundraising.
Un-Truths about Fundraising
- I am asking you to buy my groceries.
- I am doing this because I couldn't get a different job.
- What people choose to do with their money is none of my business.
- People will be compelled to give without a direct ask.
- Everything would be better if I could accomplish the mission independent of anyone else.
Truths about Fundraising
- I am inviting you to join me on a mission for the Kingdom of Heaven.
- I choose to serve in ministry with FCA because I feel a clear calling from the Lord to do this work.
- I have a unique opportunity to challenge those around me to consider where they are investing their resources.
- A request to everyone is like a request to no one.
- The very essence of fundraising allows for the mission to be a team sport, not an individual one.
Fundraising is something that has been a part of my life for the past ten years. I honestly cannot imagine NOT fundraising as a part of my job. I love being able to share the stories and empower people to make a difference in the world. Something that once was a burden has now become a joy for me.
1. Co-laborers - If you are someone who also raises support for your job, be encouraged! This could be a great cornerstone to your ministry, not the achilles heel.
2. Givers - Thank you to those who are cheerful givers! To those who may find giving more difficult, I would challenge you to think about "people who ask you for money" differently. View us as people who are inviting you into a God-given secret mission that you could be honored to play a small part in.
Urban Soccer League Director