Today, on the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord, we remember how the angel Gabriel came to Mary in Nazareth and gave her the best news of her life. While God had hand selected and prepared Mary to be the mother of Jesus Christ, His Son, was it possible that Mary heard this news with uncertainty, anxiety and fear? An unfriendly Roman empire, the shame of being an unmarried mother, and the doubt of being able to care for a baby...all of these worries very likely hit Mary like a ton of bricks in those first moments..
But what was Mary's response?
"Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word."
Mary embraced the opportunity along with the worry and accepted the role of a lifetime.
Right now, how many of us are feeling uncertain, anxious and afraid? COVID-19 has the undivided attention of the entire world and life as we knew it has changed. Churches are closed and ministries are no longer open to the public. Businesses are shutting down, people are being laid off, stocks are down and donor confidence is low. But what opportunity does this bring us?
Almost weekly, I speak with ministry and Church leaders who lament the fact that their finances are weak, their donor base is shallow and their energy and knowledge to correct these issues is limited. In 2018, Petrus created the Annual Manual to provide a clear roadmap, a set of instructions and a coach to guide ministries into a place with a sustainable annual fund. And it worked.
Annual Manual clients report increased giving, improved donor loyalty and a heightened sense of confidence to be able to go out and raise money for the ministry. And as we always say,
"When you have more money, you can do more ministry."
Taking into account the challenge - and yet very clear opportunity - that COVID-19 is presenting to parishes, ministries and apostolates, Petrus is called to help make a difference. As I mentioned on today's Virtual Summit session, from now until April 30, new subscribers to the Petrus Annual Manual will receive their first 2 months of preparation, guidance and coaching for FREE.
Fundraising is challenging, and especially in times like this of crisis and turmoil. This offer may be the opportunity that your ministry needs to shake up that culture of scarcity and to embark on a journey to sustainability.
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God calls us each to serve him and go out on faith at times when life is scary. What is God calling you to right now? How will you answer?
We are in this together! Mother Mary...pray for us.
God bless! #thistooshallpass
Andrew N. Robison, Owner and President of Petrus
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