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Is it Biblical to Raise Support?

My son wants to do an inner city missions program. This program asks for each participant to raise support. I don’t think my son feels comfortable asking for support. What’s the best way to handle asking, and is it biblical to ask for support?

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Biblical Fundraising

The quick answer is yes, it's Biblical to raise support. Paul's words to the Corinthians in 1 Corinthians 9 are especially helpful. Check out his instruction in verse eleven: "If we sowed spiritual things in you, is it too much if we reap material things from you?...So also the Lord directed those who proclaim the gospel to get their living from the gospel." Thus, the Biblical mandate is that ministers of the word and prayer "get their living from the gospel."

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The quick answer is yes, it's Biblical to raise support. Paul's words to the Corinthians in 1 Corinthians 9 are especially helpful. Check out his instruction in verse eleven: "If we sowed spiritual things in you, is it too much if we reap material things from you?...So also the Lord directed those who proclaim the gospel to get their living from the gospel." Thus, the Biblical mandate is that ministers of the word and prayer "get their living from the gospel."

Of course, rare exceptions apply. Even in this very passage, Paul states that he would never exercise his right to a living from the Corinthians, due to several factors. The biggest of these reasons is that Paul felt led of the Spirit that taking cash from the Corinthians would diminish his leverage for the Gospel.

As a background, major public speakers of the first century were generally paid large sums of money. In fact, to not ask for such a sum would've been taken as an indication of your relatively low worth as a speaker. Paul knew this and chose to go exactly against, so he would have better footing on which to present the Gospel to the Corinthians. Read 1 Corinthians for a sense of this.

A modern-day example of preachers of the Gospel who simply trusted God for their living and did not solicit funds is the duo of John and Charles Wesley. They simply trusted God and He providentially provided, sometimes through bags of cash literally being dropped off at their front gate.

Your son must seek God's Spirit in His word and the counsel of Spirit-led believers to determine his support model. Biblically, he's on solid ground to actively seek support.

I pray this helps...

It is okay to ask some support. Especially to those organizations, that don't have much funds. They really need to ask some help to other people. It is really not a bad thing at all.

Christian Reformed agencies engage in this process differently than most para-church agencies because of the existence of Ministry Share and centralized development work. -Steven Delarge

To ask for support is wide practice if I'm not mistaken, can't see any prejudice in it slot machines free

I think yes. It is in the bible that everyone should help each other and be generous to all. I think it is applicable in that kind of situation. - Kale Flagg