You may have seen the news recently that my friend, Joe Sangl, acquired Injoy Stewardship Solutions – the company founded by Dr. John C. Maxwell. I co-authored Funded And Free with Joe, and our ministries have intersected literally hundreds of times as we have served churches across the nation.
Joe recently told me about a report that the Injoy team was releasing called “5 Mistakes That Will Kill Your Church Fund Raising.” Here is a brief portion of this report.
Failing To Build Trust
Lack of trust in leadership and in the church will lead to terrible giving results toward a major initiative. This lack of trust can be caused by many different issues. A church leader may have had a moral failure, money previously collected for a project was improperly spent on other items, or the leadership is too new to have developed deep trust. Trust is built over time, especially in the ministry. There must be a deep level of trust for the church to follow the leadership, especially when it relates to giving.
“Trust is built over time, especially in the ministry. But, trust can be eroded in a moment of time, so be diligent.” How do you build trust? Follow the example of David who slayed the bear, then the lion, and finally Goliath. Scripture demonstrates that trust is built when people see church leaders make wise and timely decisions over an extended period of time. Because you have been faithful in the little things, your people will trust you with major initiatives.
Proverbs 22:1 (NIV) also shares that “A good name is more desirable than great riches.” Answer questions that are asked in a clear manner. Ensure that money given toward the major initiative is applied toward the initiative. Do not use Land & Building contributions to fund operating costs without first ensuring that the church clearly understands why this is happening.
Establish a timeline of events that establish trust. Events and projects that are vital and display to the leadership and the church as a whole that you must do what you commit to do. When there is a clear series of past events that have proven trustworthiness, it will provide maximum trust for the next major initiative.
This free report takes just minutes to read, but could literally be a catalyzing difference between a surviving or a thriving ministry. Fill out the form below to receive the report, and you will also receive a special offer on our book, Funded And Free!