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The process of support raising

The process of support raising

How do you go about raising support? It's not a one-time activity-- it's a process involving several steps. Here's a proven approach: List Start by making a list of people. Consider those you've influenced or had a relationship with, people you've led to Christ or...

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Story of an incarnational missionary

Story of an incarnational missionary

While working full-time, Tony Bleything gathered a strong core of 70 people. He proved himself a capable missionary, gatherer and leader. At the point when he hit 70 people, he realized he could no longer function effectively in a bivocational capacity, but the church...

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Funding proven people

Funding proven people

We need to start thinking about funding missional activity in new ways. I've already talked about how bivocational missions activity is going to be come more and more the future of the church, in part because the way we've traditionally funded church plants is...

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Why people give

Why people give

When people ask me for advice about raising support, I ask them to consider why people give. In my experience, there are four reasons why people give: 1. Because they have a relationship with you 2. Because they believe in the vision 3. Because you have a clear...

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Advice for missionary letters

Advice for missionary letters

Here is my unsolicited advice to those of you who raise support about keeping in touch with the people who are investing in your minisistry. 1. Be regular and consistent. Contact once a month is the absolute minimum. If I haven't heard from missionaries I am...

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Non-monetary rewards and sanctions

Non-monetary rewards and sanctions

Today’s entry is from guest blogger Dr. Steven Goodwin. People are motivated by much more than money. This means that granting an employee a salary increase is not the only means to encourage positive work behavior. Researchers Richard King and Judith Mathers of the...

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Plant the seeds – don’t dig them up

Plant the seeds – don’t dig them up

Have you ever watched kids learning to garden? They plant something, then are so eager to have it grow that they keep digging it up to see if it’s growing. Sometimes we’re like that in our endeavors. If we’ve sown the seed and done what we needed to do, now it’s time...

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Using the prophetic gift well in leadership

Using the prophetic gift well in leadership

Of all the gifts, the prophetic gift is one that is often misunderstood and misused... like God or a prophet hammering down in an uncaring angry way. But that's not how the gift is supposed to operate. How do you deal with the prophetic gift if you have it and are in...

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Whose approval do you seek?

Whose approval do you seek?

I recently asked this question of someone. He’d been working hard in his ministry, putting forth a great deal of effort, yet receiving very little by way of appreciation from his congregation. He was frustrated and tired. Yet the question, “Whose approval are you...

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