Philosophy of Fund-raising
Commitment of Responsibility
While many other believers use fund-raising methods that are Biblically legitimate, we have decided to particularly demonstrate our dependence upon God and guard against materialism by committing ourselves to the following principles (1 Cor 9:17-9).
1. We will do all things for the Glory of God (1 Cor 10:31).
2. We will work joyfully, with the ultimate understanding that we are willing to suffer as servants to Christ (Mark 10:45, Heb 12:2) and are not living for our own comfort or material prosperity (Heb 11:8-16).
3. We will not randomly solicit donations for ministry work, but rather seek our provision from God through prayer (Matt 6:30). Ultimately, we will combine vision, faith and prudence to carefully budget our work according to the amount God provides (Philippians 4:10-19).
4. When invited, we will prayerfully present our ministry and share honest facts and needs without communicating any kind of pressure (2 Cor 1:8).
5. We will submit ourselves to the accountability of our sending churches and our fellow co-workers. All accounts will be audited annually by professional auditors and reported to the sending churches.
6. We will encourage donors to fulfill financial responsibilities to their local church before contributing to our work (1 Corinthians 16:1-2).
7. We will not incur debt for ministry expenses.
8. Money contributed for a specific purpose will never be used for other purposes without the donor’s consent.
9. Donor’s names will never be published with the amount of their gifts.
10. The success of our ministry will be measured not by the numbers served or by the amount of money taken in, but by whether God uses it to glorify Himself.
James W. Roland
Heidi S. Roland