Survival Guide to Raising Support During the Coronavirus – Part 1

(This is Part 1 in our series as we look at heart postures and strategies for connecting with ministry partners during the coronavirus pandemic.) No battle plan survives first contact.  It is a strategic fact that the best made plans won’t last after meeting reality, one must adapt to the circumstances presented. This is true in partnership development too. The internet goes out, it’s suddenly Christmas and no one is available, you have a family emergency, or maybe there is a global pandemic.  So then, what must we do? Before unpacking some really practical suggestions about communication and adaptation—let’s start […]

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Should I Even Be Raising Support Right Now?

Survival Guide to Raising Support During the Coronavirus – Part 2 (This is part 2 in our series as we look at heart postures and strategies for connecting with ministry partners during the coronavirus pandemic.) While on a stateside trip for some leadership meetings I was asked to stop by a friend’s ministry in Oklahoma City to speak at the Rescue Mission downtown on my way back to Germany. I shared a short devotional and a few minutes on my current ministry. Then something happened that humbled and amazed me. It was a holy moment. The Executive Director asked the […]

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How Do I Raise Support Right Now?

Survival Guide to Raising Support During the Coronavirus – Part 3 (pulled from Steve Shadrach’s article, “Successful Support Raising in a Suffering Economy”. This is part 3 in our series as we look at heart postures and strategies for connecting with ministry partners during the coronavirus pandemic.) First, remember again that God is in control. Keep the ministry vision centralScott Morton with the Navigators says, “We must remember we are inviting supporters to advance the Kingdom, not merely to meet our personal needs.” YWAM’s John Ray adds: “Let’s help our supporters process what is really valuable and how their investments […]

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Communication

Survival Guide to Raising Support During the Coronavirus – Part 4 (This is part 4 in our series as we look at heart postures and strategies for connecting with ministry partners during the coronavirus pandemic.) You should always be communicating with your ministry partners. Especially when ministry might be in flux as travel becomes restricted and events are cancelled, your partners might be wondering what you are doing? Be vision focused in what you communicate, that means communicating what you ARE doing and not just listing what you are not doing. As you keep your supporters updated on your ministry, […]

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How Do You Meet Face-to-Face?

Survival Guide to Raising Support During the Coronavirus – Part 5 (This is part 5 in our series as we look at heart postures and strategies for connecting with ministry partners during the coronavirus pandemic.) As you are scheduling appointments you may have to consider alternate ways to meet face-to-face. As public gathering places are not recommended and social distancing is the buzzword of the day, how can you meet with someone in a relational way? Explore Options. Simply ask when you are setting up the appointment if they would like to meet in person at their home (or yours) […]

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Partnership Development and the Coronavirus

Many of you in the middle of raising support may be wondering what to do during this unprecedented time. We woke up this morning to more school closings, limitations on gatherings of more than 10 people, more chaos at airports, overall social distancing, and the like. Though it’s too soon to know how the coronavirus and the financial downturn will affect those raising support, I wanted to offer a few thoughts on what we should and should not be doing as it relates to partnership development within the next couple of weeks specifically. Be prayerful. Pray for those affected by […]

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Coronavirus and Fundraising?

Question: With the Coronavirus pandemic shutting down much of the world, what can you do now in fundraising? Nothing? Wait until things improve? Answer: Now is the time to be active in your giving partners’ lives. Now is not the time to withdraw! Your giving partners need your encouragement, but it will take time. Donor Ministry Ideas: Phone a giving partner who might be struggling. Listen to her. Pray with her over the phone. Send a physical note, text or email to a partner just to let him know you are thinking of him. Tell him you are concerned. Share a scripture. Send money […]

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Rest, Relationships, Relating to Partners: Balancing the “Three Rs” of Furlough

Setting the Stage The foundation of honoring God in the stewardship of our lives as servants on His behalf is love: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind…Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:37-39). In order to love God and others, you need to take care of, yes love, yourself. Furlough is a time for those serving cross-culturally to take care of themselves and their families, including their partners, in order to have the capacity to take care of others.  The ministry I serve with asks our members […]

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Beyond the Newsletter: Communicating Value to Ministry Partners

Keeping in touch with people who we don’t see regularly takes initiative. I remember during college, when I wasn’t doing a good job of calling home, my dad would say to me, “You make time to do the things you want to do.” My parents knew I had a full schedule with work, school and ministry, but that didn’t make them feel any better about my lack of communication. Really, all they wanted to know was that in my busy schedule, they were a priority. Similarly, keeping in touch with our supporters is a way we show that we value […]

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The Strategic Friendship of Financial Supporters

The first overseas missionary I remember meeting was a single woman who lived in Africa. She stayed in our home for a week and gave me a lovely necklace of polished gray seeds that came from her beloved Angola. In the evenings, she told stories that danced in my young imagination—images of African animals, villages, dusty hospitals, and exuberant worship services. She was the first of many missionaries who became our friends as my parents demonstrated the joy of giving generously, praying consistently, and joining the work of the gospel from afar. So when I raised support to work with […]

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