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    Gary G. Hoag,R. Scott Rodin
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Scott Rodin and Gary Hoag are unique individuals. The Sower was a great inspiration for support raising

Scott Rodin and Gary Hoag are unique individuals. They are trained New Testament scholars and experienced seminary executives and fundraisers. The Sower was a great inspiration for support raising. As a missionary going into the field, raising support has been challenging and as well difficult to understand how and why it should be done.

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The purpose of this book is to provide momentum to a movement aimed at the heart of every person who is involved in the process of raising money or giving money for the work of God s Kingdom. You may be a full-time development officer, an executive director, a pastor, a president, a board member, a volunteer or a faithful giver. You may have decades of experience in fund development, or this may be the first exposure to this topic.

The Sower will provide momentum to a movement aimed at the heart of every person who is involved in the process of raising money or giving money for the work of God’s Kingdom. All that sowers can do is sow faithfully and wait and hope and believe

The Sower will provide momentum to a movement aimed at the heart of every person who is involved in the process of raising money or giving money for the work of God’s Kingdom. All that sowers can do is sow faithfully and wait and hope and believe. Sowers cannot play God and cause the seeds to grow. All they can do, and must do, is sow faithfully and regularly and trust God for the increase. If you care about giving or raising money for God’s work, this book is for you.

The Sower: Redefining the Ministry of Raising Kingdom Resources by R. Scott Rodin and Gary G. Hoag. ECFA Press, 2010, 112 pages. Written for pastors and organizational leaders tasked with raising funds for the ministries they represent, The Sower provides a refreshing and somewhat counterintuitive approach to the ministry of fund development. In their introduction to the book, coauthors Scott Rodin and Gary Hoag, both seasoned fund development professionals, write: For too long there has been too little said about how we should be raising money in the kingdom of God.

By Author: R. Scott Rodin, Gary G. The purpose of this book is to provide momentum to a movement aimed at the heart of every person who is involved in the process of raising money or giving money for the work of God s Kingdom

By Author: R. The purpose of this book is to provide momentum to a movement aimed at the heart of every person who is involved in the process of raising money or giving money for the work of God s Kingdom.

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Rodin, Scott R. and Gary Hoag, The Sower: Redefining the Ministry of Raising Kingdom Resources, ECFA Press, 2010. My Brother’s Keeper, Fondazione Cariplo on Philanthropy. Satterlee, Craig A. Preaching and Stewardship: Proclaiming God’s Invitation to Grow. Herndon, VA: The Alban Institute, 2011. Updegraff Spleth, Ann.

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The purpose of this book is to provide momentum to a movement aimed at the heart of every person who is involved in the process of raising money or giving money for the work of God s Kingdom. You may be a full-time development officer, an executive director, a pastor, a president, a board member, a volunteer or a faithful giver. You may have decades of experience in fund development, or this may be the first exposure to this topic. If you care about giving or raising money for God s work, this book is for you.

This movement is a realignment of priorities that places changed hearts above changed bank balances. It is a new order that seeks to develop faithful stewards whose hearts are rich toward God. It redefines development work as ministry in the Kingdom of God. And it replaces manipulative techniques and closing strategies with a dependence on prayer and relationship building as the essential tools for success.

All that sowers can do is sow faithfully and wait and hope and believe. Sowers cannot play God and cause the seeds to grow. All they can do, and must do, is sow faithfully and regularly and trust God for the increase.


Rocksmith
The Sower: Redefining the Ministry of Raising Kingdom Resources by Gary Hoag and Scott Rodin redefines the way of fundraising as, “the transformational ministry of raising Kingdom resources.” What I saw was my whole ministry redressed in light of fundraising.

As a Social Media Missionary, my work is investing seeds in other people’s lives. So I resonated with this book. When I teach people to rethink their missionary letters, I am basically echoing what Hoag and Rodin say:

“Pray for a deep sense of God’s love and grace that you might truly be God’s worker sowing life, hope, and joy in the lives of your colleagues, co-workers, supporters, friends, and family.”

One missionary they wrote about sent devotionals every week. His supporters looked forward to receiving those devotionals. A missionary letter doesn’t have to be a report, but it can encourage great stewardship, worship, and growth. It’s not how often you communicate, but how deep you sow those seeds into the lives God brings your way. The Sower: Redefining the Ministry of Raising Kingdom Resources can be summed up by three principles:

Who Owns You?
Stewardship
Seasons of Sowing

Who Owns You?

A few years ago our church went through a couple of layoffs. I held my breath and prayed each time, terrified at losing my job. If I lost my job, my husband and I looked at losing even our home, as the area we live in has a struggling economy. Hoag and Rodin convicted our possession of our jobs:

“If you believe you absolutely must have your job, that you cannot afford to lose your job, that you don’t know what you would do if you ever lost your job, then you are playing owner of that job. As you try to control it, it will put you in bondage. If you want to be free, then say to God, ‘Lord, you have me here for a time, when you are finished, move me on. I know you will prepare another place for me. In the meantime, I will live in freedom in my relationship with my job.’”

Fundraising is about living and growing in faith. I believe we should prepare, but my husband and I won’t live in bondage of our circumstances. Everything we have is because of God, and honoring Him through good stewardship of our time and the money He has entrusted us with is part of that relationship.
Stewardship

Investing time in loving my supporters, family, friends, and colleagues are a part of my ministry, but The Sower: Redefining the Ministry of Raising Kingdom Resources really highlights this as they take what is secular and makes it spiritual. I must keep my seed bag full by spending time with God and in His Word so I may find strength and joy every day in sowing those seeds into the lives around me. This can happen in many ways.

Timely emails or phone calls, in person visits, coffee or lunch together, prayer, and how I communicate with my supporters are illustrations of sowing seeds. In my life, I always try to have “wiggle room” in my tight schedule. Since I am on God’s time, I make my daily plans, but when God says I must spend a little extra time with someone, I obey. I have the NIV Stewardship Study Bible: Discover God’s Design for Life, the Environment, Finances, Generosity, and Eternity on my Amazon wish list. Stewardship is worship.

My husband waits til Sunday morning to sit down and make his tithing to our sending church electronically. It’s an act of worship for him. He likes to imitate the widow in Mark 12:42 by giving more than he did last year each week as it is growing his faith. I don’t know how we are making it from paycheck to paycheck, but somehow God provides in the lack. We manage to pay all our bills, get necessities, and when we have a need, God provides in most unexpected ways, like a new client or a bonus. Being good stewards though also means financial responsibility and accountability. Whatever God gives us, we must honor Him in how we use it.
Seasons of Sowing

The authors refer to their experiences as a farmer. They call this book the spiritual almanac. In this book they go through the four seasons of giving: summer, fall, spring, and winter. It encourages me to read through it knowing that, like farming, some seasons will stretch me; some will bring me great joy of an abundant harvest; and through it all, I must be faithful to do the plowing and seed sowing.

In social networking as in life, relationships take time. In some communities where missionaries live and work, that community must invite them in before those missionaries can share with them the Good News. People who receive missionary reports sometimes have unrealistic expectations of the work of a missionary.

Because it’s about relationships, you must sow the seeds into that person’s life through ardent and consistent prayer, communication, and face-to-face (or in my case, online community). They must trust you before they will share their deepest fears, loves, and allow themselves to be vulnerable with you. Like using a machete to cut down weeds in a field, you must work through the weeds that choke the person’s life from growth. A harvest in that community or in that person’s life could take years. Redemption is the work of the Holy Spirit, or as my former pastor used to say, “Salvation is a spiritual miracle.”
Conclusion

So I am taking the lessons to heart in this book by planning my communications out so I am sowing seeds into the lives of my friends, family, supporters, and colleagues.
Sirara
I actually was introduced to this book by the authors at a Christian Leadership Alliance conference in Spring 2010. I was so excited to hear Scott and Gary tell me to do what I had been doing. Reading the book has been a great refresher. I like the idea that I am not just asking people to support MY ministry, but am inviting them to get involved in what God is doing in their community as partners. The local Pregnancy Resource Center where I serve as Executive Director is flouishing and I believe it is because God is opening the door for "partner" to get involved, not "donors" to send a check.
Levaq
The Sower was a great inspiration for support raising. As a missionary going into the field, raising support has been challenging and as well difficult to understand how and why it should be done. The Sower rests its foundational concepts in Biblical principles and guides "sowers" to raise support through methods that do not make you feel like a salesman. Instead you feel like a missionary to those investing in you, and to those to who you reach through your mission.
Otrytrerl
This book helped me to think differently about speaking to people about money. While fund-raising is one aspect of this book the most important value gained was more about living generously. A life that give generously has nothing about which to be embarrassed or ashamed when giving opportunity to others to also give. This is a great book. It changed my thinking.
MisterQweene
If you're into Fundraising as I am, this is a must, especially if your clients are Christians. It will really cause you to think how you present yourself and your organization.
Hulis
Excellent book on stewardship. The info in this book could relate to many areas of the church life. Really great book.
Very Old Chap
Excellent book for those in missionary work.
While not sharing any new information, the manner in which it was shared brought a fresh perspective to development and stewardship. Definitely not the kind of stewardship message that turns off so many people near the end of the fiscal year.

The book confirmed my own internal sense of how stewardship should be viewed.