Sun, 24 January 2010
This podcast includes: Brad Layland and Pat Rhoades discuss the Bible and money with Greg Lehman.
This is part 4 of a 4-part series. Greg Lehman is the Divisional Field Development Director for the Eastern Division. Greg helps areas get financially strong so they can reach more kids. His Eastern Division is the healthiest in the country. This podcast is Brad’s favorite on the Bible and Money.
Fundraising invites others into the mission and vision of what God is doing. We get to communicate what God is doing and invite people in to join us. It’s not all about us! Say, “It’s not all about me!” That takes a lot of pressure off us. It’s the Lord’s deal! We’re inviting people into what He is doing and what He is working on.
Brad’s favorite chapter in the Bible is Romans 12. In the JB Phillips version it says, “Do not let the world squeeze you into its mold.” The world says that we need to be everything to everybody. The world says that area directors need to be these superhuman people and that we need to have men and women on staff who can play guitar, speak well, raise a lot of money and be the best looking person in the world and do all those things. On all those fronts Brad said he fails. All he could do was admit that he couldn’t do it. The world says I’ve got to do it all, the Bible says don’t believe the lie. Romans 12 goes on to say that “…we all have different gifts according to the measure of faith God has given us.” “…We have 1 body with many members.” “… Each member doesn’t serve the same function.” When I think of inviting people in I think of their gifts. Brad’s gift is numbers. The Bible says we have different gifts. So when we invite people into the ministry, say, “Hey, you’re great with people.” So ask them to be on the committee, to be the TDS Chair. Another person is great at table decorations. Ask if they’ll take charge of the decorations. We all have different gifts and Brad loves that message.
Greg chose 2nd Timothy. We believe it’s about us in the way we raise money and it’s really about those we invite in to play those different roles. The verse says, “Command those who are rich with things of this world not to be proud. Tell them to hope in God and not in uncertain riches. Store up their treasure in heaven and that becomes a strong foundation. Then they will have the true life.” When we try to do it all ourselves we deprive people of having “true life” in this ministry and with us and really, in the Lord. It’s wonderful when we invite people in.
Pat states, “It’s not about me. It’s all about the Lord. My job is to point to the Lord and to look to Him. He’s the one that provides the riches, that provides the resources that we need. He’s the one that responds, that gets people to give.
Several years ago Brad read The Body by Chuck Holtz. It just never occurred to Brad. As a young student staff person, Brad read this book. It just never occurred to him. As a young area director, Brad still kept thinking he had to do it all. Brad remembers this younger leader who confronted him. She said, “Brad, you do a great job of everything, but you’re missing it. There are people who can help you. Why don’t you let us help you and then maybe you can actually talk to a kid!” There might be people in your area that would really enjoy the ministry of money and the ministry of engaging people and telling people about the need. Ask the Lord, “Who are those people?”
If you say to yourself, “I hate fundraising!” If that’s a line that’s brimming out of your soul right now, there’s probably a person like Greg or Brad who likes to do the financial reports. They’re out there and our job is to ask. Pat believes that, “We have not because we ask not.” The truth is we have different gifts and we need to remember that.
Prayer: “Lord thank you for all these people. Thanks for your word that teaches us that we don’t have to be in it alone. That we have your body, and that we have people that we can ask for help. We acknowledge you as the creator and the source that gives us all things. We pray for a great day for each person who is listening to this now. We pray in your son’s name, amen. (They skipped the regular ending) Thanks for listening.