Partners invest. One of the resources I most often recommend to others is an amazing little book The Spirituality of Fundraising by Henri Nouwen. He makes a case that all development is asking people to invest in a mission. It changed my whole perspective on the task of fundraising.
Since reading that book a few years ago I have stopped asking people for money. Instead I invite people to partner, to join the team and become part of a mission that changes the world one life at a time. There is an opportunity to make a difference in this world by being a Canterbury Partner.
I know if you are reading these you have seen a clear message and invitation to become a Canterbury Partner. I do not apologize for that in the least. Long before I became the Executive Director, Canterbury has depended on the generous support who believe that Canterbury in important to them the church, the community and yes even the world. Executive Director for approaching eight years now. Yet, I have been a Canterbury Partner for decades.
By your financial support you move us forward so we can reach more people, minister to their needs, serve organizations and groups so they can be all they can and accomplish their mission. So consider this day making an investment, writing a check, giving on-line. When you do you become a part of a glorious mission.
Reflect: What missions are you invested in? What do you give yourself to? How have they made a difference and how have you made a difference by the relationship?