Being a Theological Support Raiser
God ordained three offices of leadership for the people of Israel, prophets, priests and kings. The prophets would lead by proclaiming truth and casting vision, the priest would lead by caring for the daily need of the people, and the kings would lead through organization and building systems and structures. However, even the best of these leaders failed Israel, and it became clear that Israel needed a savior who would fulfill all three roles perfectly.
Ultimately, since the Bible is all about Jesus (John 5:39), the failures of the leaders of Israel all point to the need for Jesus, and glorify him as the perfect leader. This is a theological understanding called triperspectivalism. Many churches have recently been applying the prophet, priest, king dynamic to their own leadership structures, but I want to discuss specifically how these three roles are crucial for finding financial backing for your ministry.
"Prove that you are a prophet, a priest, and a king, and supporters will flock to your ministry team, fail to do so and only your mother will join you"
It is important that you demonstrate your sufficiency as a prophet, priest, and king, if you want to successfully gain donors trust, and ultimately their support. As a priest you show them that you care for them, and do not just see dollar signs over their heads. As a prophet you walk with them through theological convictions of your ministry, as well as biblical foundations for raising support. A prophet is also needed to paint a clear picture of the need for your ministry, and an envisioned future if the ministry was funded. Finally, A king is needed to whip out his strategic plan, showing the donor that you are not just some pie in the sky dreamer, but this ministry actually has a good chance of becoming a reality. Prove that you are a prophet, a priest, and a king, and supporters will flock to your ministry team, fail to do so and only your mother will join you.
But [the Lord] said to me (Apostle Paul) “my grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me
2 Corinthians 12:9
For someone who used to be notoriously disorganized, the thought of being a kingly strategic planner would have once terrified me. The good news is that I do not attempt to fulfill these roles in my own strength, but I do so in the power of the Holy Spirit. God does not make perfect natural leaders, but gives us weaknesses so that his glory may be made evident.This does not mean we continue to walk in our weakness and call it glorifying. Instead, we lean into our weakness and by the power of Christ we are changed.