From the perspective of the gospel, fundraising is not a response to a crisis. Fundraising is, first and foremost, a form of ministry. It is a way of announc-. Overview. Have you ever raised funds for your church, another organization, or a mission trip? Maybe you felt uncomfortable about asking people to donate. A Spirituality of Fundraising has ratings and 85 reviews. Eugene said: This was a sermon Nouwen gave a number of years ago and was edited into a book.

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Ultimately, fundraising is spiritual journey to be enjoyed and shared with people you care about. So it has to be good for you, for your conversion too, because you have to get in touch with your own hang-ups about money, you have to get in touch with who you are, and suddenly you say, “I’m afraid to ask for money, I’m afraid to say to this man, give us a thousand dollars.

It’s very short and is not a book of practical fundraising tips but rather a sermonette on how to view fundraising from a theological perspective. And suddenly you realize that you aren’t used to doing this, and you feel awkward about it, and you feel a little embarrassed about it.

Jesus says, “You walk into the house and offer peace, if people don’t want it, shake the sand off your shoes and walk on. We are inviting you to invest yourself through the resources that God has given you—your energy, your prayers, and your money—in tundraising work to which God has called us.

It is a way of announcing fundrqising vision, and inviting other people into your vision with the resources that are available to them. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Wonderful little book that every Christian whose job requires raising funds should read.

Do you talk with your own children about your money?

A Spirituality of Fundraising (Print Book)

If you’re looking for encouragement to enter what feels to be a daunting tasks, Nouwen has some great, consoling wisdom to offer. And finally, it must be good for the Kingdom. As long as I have some money in the bank, nothing can really happen.

Fantastic short read for anyone who fundraises in ministry. But interestingly enough, if was not a relationship of begging; it was more a sharing of who he was. It was just about six years mouwen someone had read a lot of my books, and called my assistant at the university; I wasn’t there, Fundraisjng was a away for a few months; and he said, “I’m reading Henri Nouwen’s books and I wonder, does he need any money because I really want him to write more and it is expensive to write books these days.


It’s a mission, not a task, that people want to participate in. Author profiles may not reflect author’s current employment or location. We want you to enter into communion with us. Important read for those individuals involved in fundraising for the Kingdom. He says that you cannot put your security in God and money. I need to be ministered to as well.

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The thoughts were actually just compilations of what Nouwen said in various speaches to development officers of non-profits and churches. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

If it is true that this world is full fundraisinh lonely people, isolated uenri, then fundraising has to be community building. It is a form of ministry Fundraising is proclaiming what you believe in and proclaiming henrl in such a way that you offer the other person an opportunity to participate in your fundraiaing.

Asking for money and giving can draw us into deeper relationships wi This was a sermon Nouwen gave a number of years ago and was edited into a book. Quick recap of a biblically-minded approach to fundraising, that’s been a timeless reminder for missions workers. He really needs a thousand, so let me give him a thousand. See my profile for my star rating system. Do you feel good when you have a lot — or do you think it doesn’t matter at all? To ask other readers questions about A Spirituality of Fundraisingplease sign up.

Anyone working in ministry of any kind and especially those who raise financial support either for themselves or for their organizations will benefit from this.

A Spirituality of Fundraising by Henri J.M. Nouwen

hdnri I’m telling you this because it shows so well that it was only through the poverty of the rich man that something very much of the Kingdom developed. GenerosityCenter for Stewardship Leaders.


We have a vision and we think about it and write about it, and it is good to have your aboard. It’s all very beautiful and encouraging, one of the best things I’ve ever read on fundraising.

Books by Henri J. Then again, it’s so short, there’s really no harm in reading jouwen. And I say to him, “Hey do you have a hennri of money? Fundraising then is a very rich and beautiful activity. The general question is: Tell them how you earn it and how you use it? With discussion on seeing the work of Fundraising as ministry Secondly, asking people for money is inviting them into a new communion.

If you come back from asking and you feel awful, there is something wrong. Otherwise you are saying, “I’m here, you’re there, and you’re fundraisong some a little bit,” and then suddenly, you are begging again, and you are not standing up for your vision.

You will never be able to ask for money if you don’t know what fundraksing own relationship to money is. Nouwen wrote about his relationship with Adam, a core member at L’Arche Daybreak with profound developmental disabilities, in a book titled Adam: Loneliness, fundraizing and separation fundralsing everywhere and if you ask for money, it means that you offer a new fellowship, a new brotherhood, a new sisterhood, a new way of belonging.

Jan 04, Drew rated it it was amazing Shelves: Stewardship calls us to share. It is a thin volume but thick on truth and a different view of fundraising and money. My father always said, “Henri, be sure you don’t become dependent on anybody. You won’t become poorer, You’ll henrk richer by giving And, further, since it is a ministry, it is always a call to conversion.

Three cheers for having the bravery to write on this important topic and I’m grateful that he has left this treasure for those who come behind him. Our kids need books about marriage and the other sacraments.