Even though fundraising has been part of the religious practices of the Church since its inception, its development over the centuries has led to the adoption of several fundraising strategies, which has led to overdependence on the congregation as the main source of funding. This situation has created fatigue in giving among a section of the congregation and its attendant complaints. Consequently, calls have been made for the Church in Ghana to wean itself from the traditional sources of generating funds and look for alternative sources of funding its activities. It is against this backdrop that this paper provides an alternative mean that the Church can use to wean itself from the traditional system of generating funds and thus be receptive to a more sustainable system of funds generation, which is the Nehemiah fundraising model. This research was done through primary and secondary sources and it became known that the adoption of Nehemiah’s fundraising model must be guided by certain principles. The application of Nehemiah’s model would aid the Church not only generate funds to meet its ever-increasing demands, but it would also reduce, to some extent, the Church’s dependence syndrome on the traditional system.
Keywords: Fundraising, Model, Traditional Fundraising system, Church and Strategies
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Iddrissu A. Shaibu (PhD), a lecturer with the Department of Religion and Human Values, College of Humanities and Legal Studies, University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast- Ghana, received his MPhil and Ph.D. from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana. He joined the department in 2005 as a teaching assistant and through a dint of hard work became a lecturer at the department in 2012 to date. He teaches in the area of Church and Society and his major research interest centers around Early Church history, Church and finance and New Religious Movements. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org