No worries, I’m not asking for money (yet). I’m looking for some advice. As I said in my last post, Breathe is alive and well. However, our current demographic makeup isn’t really a high-dollar-worth group. The expenses for Breathe are quite minimal, but they’re still there. And we need to figure out a way to generate some funds.
One way I’ve considered is doing some traditional fundraising with churches our committed group has had some connection with in the past. While I have no idea how successful this will be, I think it’s a solid place to start.
To explain what we’re doing with Breathe, we’re constructing a simple one sheet with both high-level philosophy and more detailed descriptions. I’ve never personally raised money with churches before and I’ve never really considered what churches would like to read or what would create a compelling case to inspire a parting with precious, limited dollars.
So I’ve written what you see below – which certainly falls in the high-level category.
What’s the purpose of Breathe?
If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them.” – Genesis 11:6
In this verse, the almighty, omnipotent creator of the universe, affirms and confirms the ability of His creation; when we speak the same language and live with the same purpose, there is nothing we can’t accomplish.
It is with this foundation that we pursue the idea of Breathe. However, instead of building a structure that will do no more than glorify us, we seek to continue the movement started by Jesus, carried by millions, and which is, we believe, the hope of the world.
While we believe that we are innovating our approach for the current culture and time in which we find ourselves, we recognize and celebrate that we are simply fragile containers for the power of the message.
We are not the point.
The point is restoring God’s good creation.
And we hope to play our part in that effort.
And here’s where I need your help. What do you think? Is it stupid to start with a verse that talks about the arrogance and foolishness of men? Is it compelling at all? Is it too churchy or not churchy enough?
I’m grateful for your help.