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April Fools: ENTERPRISING YOUNG COUPLE RAISES LANDMARK LAUNCHING FUNDS IN RECORD TIME

Dan and Bridget in their Arkansas home Dan and Bridget Scott know the rigors of support raising well, but as I sit in their living room chatting, it seems they never backed down from the admittedly daunting task. “I seriously doubt that anyone has faced bigger financial hurdles than us,” laughed Dan, with a knowing glance at his wife. “It was a little overwhelming at first.” Though they’d rather not divulge actual figures at this time, Bridget has said that though their annual budget was not too abnormal, their launching fund “could probably bankroll a small country.” This might seem […]

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BRODY, THE UNSUNG HERO IN YOUR MINISTRY

In a real-life physical battle, the front line is the area where forces are engaged in the most dangerous and brutal conflict. Every thought, action, reaction, and decision matter. What each soldier contributes to that battle is absolutely critical, because it can make the difference between life or death. All soldiers don’t work on the same task, because it would spread them too thin and leave the entire unit vulnerable. However, a mass of well-trained, well-coordinated soldiers, working in various but unified roles to accomplish an overall goal, is nothing short of extraordinary! If you are in ministry work, there […]

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A CAPTIVE SET FREE FROM A SLAP IN THE FACE

In the summer of 1982, my mother and I boarded the biggest plane I’ve ever seen: a 747 jumbo jet, bound for a place known as “Beautiful Country”, the literal translation of the word “America” in Mandarin Chinese. As a 12-year-old boy, I had no idea what God had in store for my life. Fourteen years later, and after much spiritual growth, I joined The Navigators ministry to reach college students for Christ. I still remember my staff orientation and how daunting it sounded to go out and raise my entire support. For the next 10 years, I struggled immensely with […]

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SIX PILLARS TO AN EFFECTIVE PRESENTATION

First, securing personal time with each person or couple you want to invite onto your support team is critical. After securing the time and place, the priority becomes preparing for that appointment. Here are six pillars that will serve as the basis for making the most effective presentation possible. Read, enjoy, apply! Prayer Corrie Ten Boom once said, “Don’t pray when you feel like it. Have an appointment with the Lord and keep it. A man is powerful on his knees.” Prayer is a powerful weapon that we must use when entering support raising. Ephesians 6:12 says, “For we are not […]

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LET VISION PULL YOUR TRAIN WITH A WARTIME MINDSET

Jesus talked about money more than any other topic. Not only are two thirds of the parables dealing with money, but our Crown Financial Ministry friends tell us that money is discussed 2,350 times in the Bible—more than heaven and hell combined! My pastor believes that how we view and handle money is the main barometer of our spiritual lives. Could that be true? Two of the greatest human resources the Lord lends to us during our short stay on this planet are our time and money. If someone were to look at your schedule and checkbook, what would they […]

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HOW NOT TO LET SOCIAL MEDIA BLUNDERS SINK YOUR SUPPORT RAISING SHIP

What you may go through to finally sit down with a person for a support appointment can feel like a sea battle of volleying shots sometimes—making calls, leaving messages, missing returned calls, texting, rescheduling, etc. You can expend so much time and emotion on just getting the appointment that you are totally worn out by the time you actually meet! And if you are anything like me, you begin to rationalize, “there has to be a better way!” Unfortunately, this line of thinking can lead to taking shortcuts that won’t help you get to full support, and might even torpedo […]

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PAUL WRITES WITH SINCERITY TO HIS SUPPORTERS IN PHILIPPI

I’ve been reading the book of Philippians lately and from it I have been gaining wonderful insights in the area of ministry partnership development. Don’t you love Philippians? The tone that Paul carries throughout is so warm and kind. Philippians is a book full of encouragement and vulnerability and contains this well-known verse: “I can do all things in Christ who strengthens me.” (Phil 4:13) A bonus is that it carries my favorite very-zealous-teenage-self verse, “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” (Phil 1:21) Do you happen to know why Paul wrote to the Philippians? […]

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GETTING STARTED IN SUPPORT RAISING

No matter what the endeavor—whether it is a DIY project at home, planning an event at church, a new job responsibility at work, or something as fun and inviting as going on vacation—it always seems like getting started is the most difficult part of the equation. This idea holds true with beginning the process of developing your team of ministry partners who will stand with you and help support the ministry to which God has called you through their generosity.  To help make the process a little less overwhelming and a bit more manageable, here are some basic steps that […]

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ARE YOU FULLY FUNDED OR JUST “GETTING BY”?

I once picked up a slightly inebriated hitchhiker in rural Wisconsin. As I attempted to engage him in conversation, I decided to risk asking him a rather penetrating question: “Friend, what is your life goal?” My liquor-smelling seatmate announced resolutely, “My goal is to get by!” That launched us into a very lively discussion about Jesus Christ! But the next day his words “get by” haunted me. God used my hitchhiker friend to help me realize I had a financial “get by” mentality. Yes, I worked on fundraising a little here and there, but deep down, I never really planned […]

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RADICAL FUNDRAISING: FIVE STORIES OF VISION-DRIVEN SUPPORT RAISING

They (whoever “they” is!) say that “necessity is the mother of invention”. And when you feel so burdened by a ministry calling God has given you, you will do whatever it takes to find the resources to get fully funded and launch into that ministry assignment. In other words: Vision begets urgency, urgency begets creativity, and creativity begets breakthroughs. To affirm that, we used to say, “That’ll preach!” Now we say, “That’ll tweet!” I am in the process of helping my three-year-old grandson move from babyhood (i.e. diapers) to boyhood (i.e. pants) and it can be a tedious, frustrating experience. […]

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