Chuck at “Being Filled” asks a very interesting question in his post “What if Ministries Stopped Asking for Money?” Now, in his post, Chuck says that he’s not attempting to condemn the practice; he’s asking a question. (By the way, Chuck works for an organization that asks for money… and I do also.)
Instead of condemning the practice of asking for money, Chuck wonders if the groups are missing something by asking for money.
Jesus said not to worry about provisions. He said simply seek God’s kingdom, and all these things will be added.
Wouldn’t that apply to bigger ministries as well?
If a ministry truly is seeking God’s kingdom and doing his will, would he not provide for its financial needs?
And if a ministry is not seeking God’s kingdom or not doing his will, would it not be better for it to run out of funds?
It’s definitely true that we can keep something running on our own strength and abilities and fundraising acumen… but that’s not necessarily a good thing.
But, there’s another side of this question. What about the people who are sending in the money… faithfully writing their checks or filling out the online credit card forms.
If these organizations stopped soliciting money…. or didn’t exist… how would these people show others that they cared? How would they help people in need? How would they demonstrate the love of Christ? How would people even know about these needs?