This week I was studying Nehemiah, which as we know, is one of the Biblical examples of a guy who not only had to help rebuild the walls of Jerusalem and set the singers and musicians back in place at the house of prayer in his day, he also is an example of partnership development.
"Now wait," you might say, "all of his funding came from the king of Persia." Which is technically true. He really only had to make one BIG ask to the king to let him go to Jerusalem, finance the trip, get letters from him for safe passage, and letters to make other people give to him. Obviously a bit different from our situation of making MANY asks to build a partnership team.
But, if we look at his story I think we can glean 2 things. One- Lord give us each a KING! An Artaxerxes who will do everything in their power to help us become fully funded.
But more importantly, Nehemiah had all of his finances when he went to Jerusalem but that alone didn't build the wall and set the singers and musicians in place. He had to then ask MANY families to help do the work. He wasn't asking them for finances, per se, but he had to go door to door with a cold call approach saying, "Hey I just me you, and this is crazy, but I'm Nehemiah from Persia. Will you help me build the wall of Jerusalem? Oh, and also (for the Levites) can you quit your job and come sing and pray in the temple night and day when the wall is built?"
I can't imagine that tactic working well for us today. But think of it this way- we are asking many people to support us financially. We're not asking them to totally uproot their lives, quit their jobs, and join us. We're not asking them to quit how they're living and come take a few months to build a wall. We're asking them to partner with us financially. We're saying hey WE will do all the uprooting and turning our lives upside down, if YOU will support us financially. And THAT message is easier to sell.
So be encouraged! Our job is easier than Nehemiah's.