Summary of “The God Ask” By Steve Shadrach In Under 600 Words
The God Ask involves two asks; ask God and ask others.
With Out Vision…
…You won’t raise support. Steve asks, “How deeply do you feel about the ministry the Lord has called you to?… Unless you believe, deep in your soul that your vision is from God and is the most strategic thing you could do with your life, you will not experience much receptiveness from the potential donors you meet with.”
A Biblical Vision Of Support Raising
Support raising is Biblical. Paul did it. Jesus did it. Nehemiah did it. The Apostle Paul said,
“The Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should receive their living from the gospel.” 1 Cor. 9:14
Embrace support raising not as a necessary evil but as a privilege. Those called to raise support are commissioned by God to mobilize people to join what God is doing.
Support raising is a ministry in itself.
We allow others to get “a fraction of the action” and receive eternal rewards. The Apostle Paul said,
“Not that I desire your gifts; what I desire is that more be credited to your account.” Phil 4:17
When someone gives to our ministry, they are really giving to God. We don’t have to force or manipulate people either; those whom God calls to be on our team should give “not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” 2 Cor 9:7
Ultimately, God is the one who provides for his workers. Steve says, “The strength of my public support raising is directly tied to the strength of my private intercession with God.” Pray big prayers and trust God to provide in ways that we couldn’t imagine possible. Steve asks, “Are you going to believe him for big things or not?”
Ask Others Directly…
No other method comes close to the effectiveness of asking people directly face to face. It takes guts, it takes work, it takes preparation, but it produces results.
Any short cut you take so that you don’t “have to” meet with people personally will end up back-firing in the long run. We are raising up people to be on our team, not just raising money.
The more personal the approach the more powerful.
How To Get Meetings
- Make as big of a list as possible of potential supporters.
- Call, email, text, send letters and even Facebook people asking for appointments to share your vision and how they can support you. Wait to actually ask for their support until the face to face meeting.
- Go to them. Drive to them and meet with them face to face.
- Make a simple, engaging presentation of your ministry. (20 mins)
- Ask people to support you $75, 100 or $200 a month. (Wait for their answer.)
- Get their first check then or get them set up to give automatically.
- Thank them!
Invest In And Appreciate Your Supporters
Appreciate and keep up with your supporters. Send newsletters of what God is doing in your ministry at least every other month. Thank them often. Go out of your way to show your appreciation and love.
Thank God for providing for your needs and work hard at the ministry He has called you to!
What are you waiting for? Make THE GOD ASK!