Raising Funds in Hard Times
Rev. Dr. Jonathan B. Lee, Rev. Dr. Paul L. Ramsey, and Rev. Dr. James Moos
While difficult circumstances-- most notably the COVID-19 pandemic-- present multiple challenges to fundraising efforts in support of local and wider church mission, as well as often suppressing enthusiasm for undertaking such efforts in the first place, this workshop will present a more hopeful outlook. Using the practical lessons of a successful 2020 Christmas Fund campaign during the pandemic as a guide, this workshop will demonstrate how moments of challenge and even crisis are an opportunity for local churches and faith-based organizations to express their mission in new and clearer ways that deepen connection with stakeholders, diminish paternalistic dynamics, and inspire and sustain generosity.