The biblical model of funding ministry is very different than that of the world. Flashy marketing and donation scheme is of this world and we are to do thing counter to the worldly systems. The Lord has given us an example of how to be about friend raising, not fund raising.
When we look at Luke 8:1-3, there is a passage that tells us something about how Jesus was supported,
After this, Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God…. Joanna the wife of Chuza…Susanna; and many others. These women were helping to support them out of their own means.
The gospel was supported by people who believed in Jesus. That model is still the way God funds ministries today. It is through personal connection, not slick marketing. The message of Jesus saves, heals, delivers and fills can not be comprised by submitting to the political agenda of large corporations for a grant or large financial gifts. Too many ministries sell their calling to get a check.
In the book called Friend Raising by Betty Barnett, she presents a different concept and once worth looking at.
Friend Raising means loving and caring for others so that they and the Kingdom of God will be built up at the same time.
More than ever, there must be an emotional connection to the harvest. Simply giving money without that connection will not work in the end time harvest. People to be invested in the ministries they support. Having someone who is just a “donor” is not the wineskins of the Lord. He knew everyone who supported him and even Luke a generation later was told of the people by name!
Some of the best long term supporters were people that did more than cut checks for the work. They were those who prayed for the work daily and ultimately visited the mission work. They were emotionally connected to the harvest they were giving of their finances too.
George Mueller and Hudson Taylor are famous for just trusting God for finances and never telling anyone of the need. Many people think it is the way it should be done. However, as the Oswald J. Smith points out in the 1959 Cry of the World, this is not the biblical model. Paul had no issue in asking for needs from the faithful.
I believe that Gods expects us to make our needs known….There is pretty of room for faith even then…. The world is ours to evangelize…
The model for friend raising for Quest for Souls is two fold: traditional support through the local assembly and direct support through friends. Those who believe in the work and support it personally provide less time to spend preaching to “support raise.” Being able to visit a local assembly to encourage them and preach the gospel an an evangelist is more important that being a professional fundraiser 3-4 nights a week.
There is no slick “levels of partnership” with Quest for Souls. In keeping with Paul’s teaching to the church in Corinth, all giving must be “not reluctantly or under compulsion..” (2 Corinthians 9:7) The old lady that gives $5 is not treated any different than the executive that gives $50,000. A friend is a friend.