What If God’s Got This


The biggest challenge facing not-profit ministries today is sustainability. Contrary to popular opinion, even inside the ministry world, raising funds to be able to keep doing the work is just as important as doing the work. This book looks at six different aspects of sustainability in a very specific and purposeful order to achieve success.


“What if?” Two seemingly innocent words. Depending on what follows these two words, you can find yourself paralyzed by fear and set up for defeat, or inspired by truth that makes your dreams possible.

Too often these two words are followed by a worst-case scenario that evokes fear and scarcity. But what if—see what we did there?—they were followed by a beyond-comprehension God-case scenario? What if these two words open the door to an abundance mindset?

What If God’s Got This? 6 Key Pillars of Sustainable Ministry is a book written for ministry leaders, but it’s applicable to all of us. It illustrates an abundance mindset. When it comes to sustainability, this is crucial. If we don’t take a “what if” mindset, we can miss the great invitation from the Lord to thrive.

Sustainability is defined as “the ability to be upheld or confirmed.” Our ability to be upheld comes from the posture of leaning in. What If God’s Got This? reminds us of the ways God upholds us and provides six practical pillars that we can focus on to build for long-term sustainability.

When Connie Hougland first started with the National Christian Foundation in 2000, she had no experience—or even interest—in the world of charitable planned giving. But an opportunity to work for a new branch of the organization close to her home allowed her to learn about the industry and build a job description that stretched her personally and professionally.

This book talks about a plan she has developed in her 20-year career of helping ministries build staff, train boards, develop strategies, understand God’s calling and how to stick to it, and create systems to allow ministry to happen. She invests her own experiences, including her failures, to help ministries understand the importance of every aspect of ministry leadership.

Connie’s life mission is to love, lead and compel others to live from a place of “what if” versus “if only.” “If only” is about regrets, while “what if” is about possibilities. What if the Creator of the universe loves us so much that He sent His one and only Son to give His life for each one of us? What if we believed that, lived from that, exuded that belief?

Take this journey with her, and you and your ministry will be better for it.