But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name. John 20:31


It’s now the year of the Youth Gathering–wow, it’s really here! It is so exciting to know that this year we will be in New Orleans serving, loving, and praising Jesus! The Gathering is a special time when youth and adults from all over the world gather in celebration of what Christ has done for us. It is such an overwhelming spiritual experience. Unfortunately though, it is such an overwhelming financial experience as well. In the next few weeks I would like to give you a few ideas on how to fund-raise some money so that you can lessen the financial burden of attending the Gathering.

First, I have learned that FUND-RAISING is also FRIEND-RAISING. It is definitely true that the more people you have who believe and buy into what you are doing, the more they will be supportive of your ministry. I have had so many people who have nothing to do with our ministry donate money because they really believe in what we are doing! As much as it is possible, go out there and be passionate about what you are doing and take the time to develop relationships, and eventually those relationships will become partnerships.

The second thing I would like to share with you is that you NEED TO GET THE WORD OUT THERE. I like to hold informational meetings, use our newsletter and other informational pieces, create slideshows and DVDs, and make a lot of personal contacts with our people–all in an effort to promote the event with enthusiasm and passion. The more people know about something, the more willing they will be to donate to the cost! People like to donate to specific causes, so get your cause in front of them!

Join me next time as we look at specific ways to fundraise for the Gathering!

Blessings as you continue on the Road to the Gathering!