Raising Support in 2009 – Funding Your Ministry Conference

My dear colleague and friend Jeff Anthony recently was part of a special meeting where ministers from various organization where their staff raise support met together to discuss observations and trends in support development. Because many of us who are in ISM have our ministries supported through partnership development (or support development, or support discovery or whatever you organization calls it), I asked Jeff it it was okay to share his notes on our blog. Below are the insightful and useful thoughts from the representatives of this conference…

Funding Your Ministry Conference

1. General Comments/info

1.1. Partnership development(PD) is Ministry and a deeply spiritual endeavor.

1.2. Every support appointment is a divine appointment, just as much as a witnessing opportunity.

1.3. In PD, we are challenging people and giving them the opportunity to be devoted to the Lord and invest in His kingdom work. PD is about connecting people to God’s heart.

1.4. God wants us to live dependent upon Him and interdependent with others.

1.5. Go to the right/worthy people who are deserving and feel privileged to be part of your support team. Matthew 10:5-16 1.6Matthew 10:5-16 1.6
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5 Jesus sent these twelve out, and charged them, saying, “Don’t go among the Gentiles, and don’t enter into any city of the Samaritans. 6 Rather, go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7 As you go, preach, saying, ‘The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!’ 8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers TR adds “, raise the dead”, and cast out demons. Freely you received, so freely give. 9 Don’t take any gold, nor silver, nor brass in your money belts. 10 Take no bag for your journey, neither two coats, nor shoes, nor staff: for the laborer is worthy of his food. 11 Into whatever city or village you enter, find out who in it is worthy; and stay there until you go on. 12 As you enter into the household, greet it. 13 If the household is worthy, let your peace come on it, but if it isn’t worthy, let your peace return to you. 14 Whoever doesn’t receive you, nor hear your words, as you go out of that house or that city, shake off the dust from your feet. 15 Most assuredly I tell you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city. 16 “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.

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. Bless your donors and give of yourselves (Time, calls, notes, emails, gifts, meals etc.).

1.7. We represent Christ and are following Him in obedience. They’re rejecting Him, not us.

1.8. We bring powerful spiritual authority into fund raising. It is a two-way relationship – ”Freely you have received, freely give.”

1.9. We have a divine calling and are worthy of our wage.

1.10. No matter how desperate a need may seem, a Christian’s need to give is far greater than the one who has the need to receive.

1.11. We are blessing Brokers – Connecting people to the head of God and opportunity to transfer their earthly treasures that will not last to treasures in heaven that will last forever.

1.12. Need to use both email and printed newsletters to communicate with donors and prospective donors.

2. Recruiting and Keeping Anchor Donors

2.1, it’s all about relationships, ministering to people aid connecting with their heart.

2.2. Relationships that are caring and genuine.

2.3. More about them and what is going on in their life.

2.4. Key Factors:

2.4.1. Integrity

2.4.2. Effective Listening (builds trust and demonstrates interest and care)

2.5. Cast a bigger vision.

2.6. Donors need to know that I am walking with Jesus, loving Him and see the reality of His presence and work in my life.

2.7. Giving follows ministry. Minister to others deeply in their hearts and lives.

2.8. The road to a bigger gift, isn’t a bigger ask. It’s a process of developing the relationship and making a personal connection.

2.9. Need long-term funding strategy.

2.10. Give donors your time, regularly conned with them.

2.11. Major Donor Lists:

2.11.1. Who do you know that owns a business?

2.11.2. Professions like lawyer, doctor, engineer, archived, CPA’s, etc.

2.11.3. High-level executives

2.11.4. Inheritance (wealth being passed on)

3. Successful Support Raising in a Down Economy

3.1. Review your Calling (sense of conviction of the calling). During discus times God does a deeper work in our lives and draws us closer to Himself.

3.2. Don’t Panic – Look to God and trust Him (Psalm 73125-26)

3.3. Diverse your donors more broadly (Luke 8:2-3Luke 8:2-3
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2 and certain women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary who was called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out; 3 and Joanna, the wife of Chuzas, Herod’s steward; Susanna; and many others; who ministered to them TR reads “him” instead of “them” from their possessions.

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3.4. Focus on the Essentials, not the Electives (Needs vs. Wants). Reduce expenses, pay down debt, increase savings, etc.

3.5. Empathize with suppliers and pray for them (Galatians 6:2Galatians 6:2
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2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

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3.6. Keep the vision of your ministry in the forefront (Rev. 7:9Rev. 7:9
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9 After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude, which no man could number, out of every nation and of all tribes, peoples, and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, dressed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands.

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). Supportraising is about vision and relationships.

3.7. Facebook –the support raisers new best friend. Great way to reconnect with old friends.

3.8. Get Back to the Basics – Communication, Face-to-Face meetings, Care and Prayer.

3.9. View it as a wakeup call – 1) Get finances in order, 2) Savings, 3) Budget 4) Giving

3.10. Get Donors personally engaged and involved in the ministry.

Jeff also shared Steve Shadrach’s Article, “The Most “Secure” Job You’ll Ever Have!” from http://thebodybuilders.net/srs/may08.html as an encouragement to us all.

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