You've heard God's call to serve in the mission field---but how do you raise support? Start by learning the proven methods explained in this handbook. You'll gain a biblical perspective and discover what motivates people to give. Provides practical, step-by-step...
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You've heard God's call to serve in the mission field---but how do you raise support? Start by learning the proven methods explained in this handbook. You'll gain a biblical perspective and discover what motivates people to give. Provides practical, step-by-step instructions; examines ethnic contexts; and addresses the unique challenges faced by women.
Most of us would rather have a root canal than ask for money.Raising support is one of the most difficult challenges facing Christians in ministry. Fears of rejection, concerns about biblical validity, feelings of not being deserving, anxiety about limited resources can all block us from obtaining the means to fulfill our calling.This book both affirms that God uses the Christian community to send us into ministry and demystifies the process. This down-to-earth handbookoffers a clear, biblical perspectivegives step-by-step instructions on how to assemble the tools unique to each person's support-raising taskhelps you know what range of gift to ask of a potential donoroutlines the how-tos of holding a home promotional eventtells the four predictors of church supportis aware of the diverse ethnic contexts of today's new mission candidatesincludes a chapter by a woman for women on their unique challenges in support raisingshows how to build a base in a strong church when you don't have oneexplains exactly why people do and don't giveThe relational strategy in this book has proven valuable for those who serve Christ on campus, in the city or in other special ministries at home or abroad. It is not necessarily the quickest approach to raising money, but it is the most lasting and fulfilling for those who give and receive.
Sommer is associate director of campus ministries.
- <strong>part One: Building The Foundation</strong>
- 1. God's Word Is Final
- 2. The Fear Factor
- 3. Why People Give
- <strong>part Two: Preparing</strong>
- 4. Step One: Prepare The Case
- 5. Step Two: Find The People Who Care
- 6. Step Three: Approach Your Church
- 7. Step Four: Prioritize
- 8. Step Five: Organize
- <strong>part Three: Asking</strong>
- 9. Send Your First Letter
- 10. Phone Your People
- 11. Meet People
- 12. Ask For Church Support
- 13. Recruit A Core Team
- 14. When Women Raise Support (donna Wilson)
- <strong>part Four: Developing Your Team</strong>
- 15. Build Partnership
- 16. Send Mail
- 17. Ask Again
- 18. Get Sent For Good
- Appendix One: Frequently Asked Questions
- Appendix Two: Getting Sent On Short-term Missions