07 Jun To Delay is To Deny
“He called together the priests and Levites and said to them, ‘Go to the towns of Judah and collect the money due annually from all Israel, to repair the temple of your God. Do it now.’ But the Levites did not act at once” (2 Chronicles 24:5).
King Joash reigned for forty years and did right in the eyes of the Lord. During his time in power, the Temple developed some serious deferred maintenance issues, so he called the priests and Levites and instructed them to collect gifts from the people and repair the Temple. His instructions were crystal clear, “Do it now!”
Unfortunately, the Levites procrastinated and never started the work. Finally, after sixteen years, King Joash called for an account and found negligence, misappropriation of funds, and even theft. So, he issued a proclamation that the people should bring their gifts to the temple and deposit them in a chest he had made. He appointed his royal secretary to collect the gifts, purchase supplies, and hire masons and carpenters to start the work. This time, the men he placed in charge were diligent and completed the repairs.
When you raise money for a project, you raise donor expectations that their gifts will be used for that project. If the project is delayed because of poor planning, leadership changes, plan revisions, or any other reason, donors begin to question the ministry’s credibility. Will you do what you say you will do? Projects usually stall due to lack of funding. King Joash addressed the internal problems then called Israel to generosity. “All the officials and all the people brought their contributions gladly, dropping them into the chest until it was full” (vs. 10).
When you have a clear vision and a clear path to accomplish that vision, people will rally to your cause.
Have a Spirit-led fundraising week,
Ron Haas, Vice President for The Timothy Group, has also served the Lord as a pastor, the vice president of advancement of a Bible college, a Christian foundation director, a board member and a fundraising consultant. He’s authored two books: Ask for a Fish – Bold Faith-Based Fundraising and Simply Share – Bold, Grace-Based Giving. He regularly presents fundraising workshops at ministry conferences and has written fundraising articles for At the Center magazine and Christian Leadership Alliance’s Outcomes magazine.