Preface to From Soup & a Sermon to Mega-Mission

It's a challenge to write a book on funding a "faith ministry." After all, Shouldn't we just pray?"

Prayer is an important part of rescue mission financing and should never be understated. Paul tells the Philippians: "Do not be anxious about any thing, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God" (Philippians 4:6, NIV).

However, in the same chapter, Paul reminds the Philippians of their re sponsibility to give: "Not that I am looking for a gift, but I am looking for what may be credited to your account" (Philippians 4:17, NIV).

Paul does not just "promote" and cajole. In 1 Corinthians 16:1-4, he instructs on the mechanics of how the money should be given, and how the funds should be distributed.

Now about the collection for God's people: Do what I told the Galatian churches to do. On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his in come, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made. Then, when I arrive, I will give letters of introduction to the men you approve and send them with your gift to Jerusalem. If it seems advisable for me to go also, they will accompany me (1 Corinthians 16:1-4, NIV).

He clearly lays out both the responsibility and the fundraising process. So this instruction is not in opposition to "faith" but is a part of the biblical plan for people of faiith.

That's what this book does in easy-to-read and easy-to-follow manner.

The growth of rescue ministries over the past few years has been amaz ing. The numbers of homeless have grown, as well as the diversity of those coming for help. New programs, facilities, and additional trained staff have been added to meet the new dynamics in sharing the "old story."

These new programs, facilities, and staff need funds to support them, and rescue missions, often the best kept secret in town, have been getting their "light out from under the bushel" and have been sharing their work using modem techniques and methods. International Union of Gospel Missions (IUGM) ministries have seen income increase from $50 million to $300 million in the past six years.

This book, written by leaders in this fundraising revolution, deals with the techniques and methods that are getting the message out. The roles of the executive director, the board, the development department, the volun teer and the donor are explored and examined.

The needs continue to increase, and with changes in the government welfhre system, faith-based organizations may well be called on to do even more. This book will help faith-based organizations prepare to meet the financial needs that these challenges will bring. This book and prayer can change your ministry.

Stephen E. Burger, Executive Director, International Union of Gospel Missions