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Why you should never ask for a "One Time" Gift Featured

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Have you ever asked a potential ministry partner for a "One Time Gift?"  Read this article on why you should banish that phrase from your vocabulary!

Because you don't really want a one-time gift.  You want a "special" gift.

If a person (or group) who is interested the ministry doesn't want to make a commitment for regular giving, they often will respond to an appeal for a special gift.

But, we should not call them "one-time" gifts. That person may want to give another "special" gift in the future, and if we call their initial gift a "one-time" gift, we may be hinting "I'll never ask you for another gift again.   This is a "one-time" appeal."

So, while the concept is valid, let's just not use that phrase.

And I have found that often my "special" gift givers become regular contributers ... sometimes committing a regular pattern of giving, but sometimes preferring to respond to special needs and special appeals.

Keep your options open.  

Drop the phrase "one-time-gift" from your vocabulary.

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John Muehleisen

John Muehleisen is the regional strategist for World Gospel Mission in Africa.

He loves to help ministry teams clarify their "wildly important goals" and then connect those teams to the training, networks, people, and resources they need to execute their strategy.

In addition, he is the Transformational Training Coordinator for WGM in Africa.

He and his wife Beth currently live in Kampala, Uganda.  They have two adult daughters who were raised in Nairobi where they lived for almost 20 years prior to moving to Uganda in 2007.