Jesus Was Funded by Rich Women

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Three simple lessons from Luke's Gospel about funding ministry.

I can’t believe this passage of Scripture isn’t taught more or studied deeper.  This is one of the clearest passages about Jesus and his ministry being funded.

Soon afterward Jesus began a tour of the nearby towns and villages, preaching and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom of God. He took his twelve disciples with him, along with some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases. Among them were Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons, Joanna, the wife of Chuza, Herod’s business manager, Susanna, and many others who were contributing their own resources to support Jesus and his disciples. (Luke 8: 1-3)

Let’s look at some key points that apply to your ministry:

1. The Women Who Gave Had Been “Cured of Evil Spirits and Diseases”

People fund ministries where they find Jesus, and he radically changes their lives.  This is why it is so important to be Gospel centered, not financially centered, in your church.  If Jesus changes their lives, it is EASY to make the ask.

2. Women Give More than Men

This Scripture is very clear that women were funding his ministry at a high level.  Check out THIS STUDY done on the generosity level of women.  Women are statistically more generous than men.  If this is true, why do we leave them out a lot of times when having meetings about funding the vision?  Never have a fund-raising conversation of significance with JUST the husband.  Include the spouse always!  Very important.

3. The People Who Funded the Ministry Were CLOSE to Jesus

What can we learn from the text when it says, “He took his twelve disciples, along with some women”?

Jesus had many people in his ministry ask if they could go on the journey with him, and he told them no.  He had people that he told them to just go back to their town.  Why would Jesus invite these women on the journey and then the text point this out?

I believe it’s a super clear passage showing the importance of cultivating relationships with High Capacity Donors.  He could have said, “No, you can’t come; just send your money.”  Jesus gave these ladies access to his life, and they funded because of their lives being changed and being included.  Was Jesus “showing favoritism” by knowing what they gave and having his donors on the journey? NO, he was modeling the way!

What do you think about this text?  Anything we can learn about funding that I missed?

Casey Graham Casey Graham is the founder of The Rocket Company. He worked for ten years in the trenches of local church ministry, which led to his passion for helping church leaders win in their ministry and personal lives. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife, kids and their Westie dog named Westie.

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  • Word of Truth

    I agree that Jesus did not propagate aggression regarding donation like some do today however He did say to ask and you will receive. I do not think there is anything wrong asking for donations or support when it is genuinely needed for the work of the ministry. The fish He asked Peter to catch was to symbolic to he going to become fishers of men where financial support will come from to do the ministry. We have to be balanced in our theology because balance is the key to life. I think the people of His time were more sensible, sensitive and matured in their approach to the things pertaining to God and His kingdom than some of us today. I think there will be no need to ask if all will be sensible and sensitive today like they did back then. Be blessed y’all.

  • PAorangeburg

    HMMM! Not really in agreement with where this article comes to a conclusion. Many times women can’t say no and many times we have watched families were women are making the financial decisions live way above their means and they are looking for handouts because they can’t say no to wants when they should be saying only yes to needs. I like the idea of including both husband and wife in discussions about all aspects of their marriage, and in this respect financial giving but this also could imply the wife should go behind the husbands back and give if she determines it is what God wants her to do. I don’t think that is a healthy way to approach these scriptures.