The God AskThis book provides a fresh, biblical approach to personal support raising that will help you embrace appointments with confidence!

By Steve Shadrach

As a ministry worker, raising support can be a daunting task. It doesn't have to be intimidating though. It isn't about money or asking people to give. It is about looking to God to provide for you. He has given you a vision for ministry, and now you get to invite others into that vision. Your job is to pray and work hard to discover those whom the Lord has already prepared to invest in you and your ministry. God has done His work. Now it's time for you to do yours.

A case in point: Nehemiah was very nervous about meeting with the wealthiest, most powerful man on the planet. He was asking King Artaxerxes to fund his Jerusalem restoration project. But when it came time to make his appeal, this lowly cupbearer first looked up to the Person who really provides resources. At the moment of truth, Nehemiah lifted his heart and made The God Ask. In Nehemiah 2:4 he describes the exchange: "Then the king said to me, 'What would you request?' So I prayed to the God of heaven."

Instead of going into appointments fearing what your fellow man will say, you can have confidence that God is superintending the whole process. This book will help you embrace the fact that this is not a Man Ask. No. It is a God Ask!

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About the AuthorDr. Steve Shadrach, Founder and Global Ambassador for Via, has a passion for developing laborers for Christ to reach the world. He has founded serval ministries and authored numerous books and articles on campus ministry, personal support raising, and mission mobilization. He has been living on personal ministry support since 1986, and still is sharing the Gospel and discipling men on the campus at the University of Arkansas. He began his ministry career serving in leadership at Kanakuk and then as Pastor of Students and Missions at University Baptist Church (1983-1986) in Fayetteville, AR. He is also the founder of three organizations. In 1986, he founded Student Mobilization, which focuses on evangelizing and discipling college students in the U.S. and abroad. In 1999, he co-founded The Traveling Team, which focuses on mobilizing college students throughout the country, with Todd Ahrend (who pioneered the ministry). In 2001, he turned these two ministries over to the next generation of leadership to launch Via (formerly the Center for Mission Mobilization and earlier, The BodyBuilders), which seeks to multiply mission movements to the unreached. From 2004 to 2012, in addition to leading Via (CMM), he was the Mobilization Director for the US Center for World Mission, which included leadership of the Perspectives Study Program. Dr. Shadrach has a Master’s in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary and a Doctorate of Ministry in Church and Parachurch Executive Leadership from Denver Seminary. He has written four books, The Fuel and the Flame: Ten Keys to Ignite Your Campus for Jesus Christ, The God Ask: A Fresh, Biblical Approach to Personal Support Raising, Brown Like Coffee: For Students Who Think Outside the Box, and Viewpoints: Fresh Perspectives on Personal Support Raising. Steve and his family reside in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Steve Shadrach’s The God Ask is destined to be one of the classic rock-solid books on raising personal support. Every Christian worker and missions executive needs to include this book in their support-raising training curriculum.

Ellis F. Goldstein
National Director, MPD for Cru

What You'll Learn

Raising support can be a daunting (and intimidating) task.

This book provides a fresh, biblical approach to personal support raising that will help you embrace appointments with confidence knowing, this is not a Man Ask. No ––  It is a God Ask

The God Ask will help you:

  • Develop a practical step-by-step plan to track and progress toward fully-funding your ministry (even if you’re an introvert) 

  • Overcome common myths and obstacles in support raising with scripture and stories of God providing for Nehemiah, Elijah, Jesus, and his disciples

  • Utilize proven templates, scripts and frameworks used by staff from 1,000+ organizations

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Full of practical tools and biblical foundations, The God Ask turns our focus away from our fears and toward faith in God's abundance. Shadrach inspires us toward excellence, courage, and humility. A must-have resource for anyone engaged in support raising!

Tom Lin
Vice President and Director of Urbana, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
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