The temptation to transact rather than coach

Great post this morning (well, it’s morning in Korea anyway) on the temptation to raise money transactionally when our organizations hit dry patches.

The author is my dear brother Greg Stier, founder and president of Dare2Share Ministries. I told Greg when I first met him, ‘Greg, you’re the guy who would have hit up the rich young ruler for a donation’. Since then, Greg has gone on to become one of the best and most articulate advocates for a biblical approach to fundraising. He wrote the preface to my book, Coach Your Champions, and frankly it’s my favorite part of the book.

In Greg’s post this morning on the temptations of fundraising, he likens Saul’s premature and ill-conceived sacrifice in 1 Samuel 13:8-10 to the way we nonprofits often choke in the clutch and succumb to secular fundraising approaches at precisely the moment we need to be steadfastly committed to doing things the Lord’s way.

The Apostle Paul noted in Philippians 4:11-13 that he had learned to be content in a little and a lot, and this is a discipline nonprofits are reluctant to learn. We have the (decidedly unscriptural) sense that if fundraising is down, we must be doing something wrong, and if fundraising is up, we must be doing something right.

Paul thought otherwise, lived otherwise, and wrote otherwise. Greg’s post this morning is a great (and typically entertaining, as Greg’s posts always are) restatement of that great truth.

About Pastor Foley

The Reverend Eric Foley is CEO and Co-Founder, with his wife Dr. Hyun Sook Foley, of Seoul USA, a multinational, multicultural ministry supporting the work of the indigenous underground church in North Korea and the spreading of historic underground Christian discipleship practices worldwide. Pastor Foley is a much sought after speaker, analyst, and project consultant on the North Korean underground church, North Korean defectors, and underground church discipleship. He and Mrs. Foley oversee a far-flung staff in the US and across Asia that is working to help North Koreans and Christians everywhere grow to fullness in Christ. Pastor Foley is Dean of Underground University, a missionary training college for North Koreans. He is committed to equipping North Korean church leaders for comprehensive underground Christian service. He is presently a candidate for the Doctor of Management at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management in Cleveland, Ohio.
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