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.
Paul Yoder: Donor Elf Blog
Paul Yoder is the programmer behind Donor Elf, a very nice, subcription based, web based donor tracking program.
He also blogs regularly about fund raising, donor communications, as well as tips on how to use his software well.
In particular, he has an excellent series of tips on writing prayer letters / newsletters / etc., and other elements of effective ministry partner communication.
Be a Fully Funded Missionary
BeaFullyFundedMissionary.com is devoted to providing the resources missionaries need to raise the missions support necessary to carry out their missionary.
So many missionaries start at 0% and don’t get much farther. Some get to 40%, or some other plateau, and then they eventually give up. Sadly, the missionaries who get to 100% fast often find that the support fizzles out after a few years.
Be a Fully Funded Missionary is a specific system that missionaries can use to raise support, so that they will be a fully funded missionary.
And the website has a lot of great articles written by Darius Walker (pseudonym). Darius has served, and may continue to serve, in security sensitive areas, and so a pen name is necessary so that his real name is not linked to Christian missions on the internet.
Why did he choose the name “Darius Walker”? Darius, in Ezra 6, was used by God to provide the material goods to carry out God’s work. This Darius likewise hopes that Be a Fully Funded Missionary results in meeting the material needs to carry out God’s work.
Do the Word: Pastor Eric Foley
The Reverend Eric Foley is CEO and Co-Founder, with his wife Dr. Hyun Sook Foley, of Seoul USA, a multinational, multicultural ministry supporting the work of the indigenous underground church in North Korea and the spreading of historic underground Christian discipleship practices worldwide.
Pastor Foley is a much sought after speaker, analyst, and project consultant on the North Korean underground church, North Korean defectors, and underground church discipleship. He and Dr. Foley oversee a far-flung staff in the US and across Asia that is working to help North Koreans and Christians everywhere grow to fullness in Christ.
He is also the Dean of Underground University, a missionary training college for North Koreans. He is committed to equipping North Korean church leaders for comprehensive underground Christian service.
Pastor Foley oversees .W (which stands for DOTW, or Doers Of The Word) discipleship training programs in Colorado Springs, Colorado and Seoul, Korea. Over the past twenty years he has helped more than 1,300 churches and Christian NGOs learn how to build volunteer and giving programs.
Most recently, he has focused on teaching Christians in countries with freedom of religion how to adopt the discipleship practices of the North Korean underground church.
Support Raising Solutions: Dr. Steve Shadrach / Ellis Goldstein / Scott Morton
Dr. Steve Shadrach has a passion for developing laborers for Christ to reach the world.
He has been involved with Campus Crusade, The Navs, and as head counselor with Kanakuk Kamps. He served as Pastor of Students and Missions at University Baptist Church in Fayetteville, AR.
He is the founder of Student Mobilization, which focuses on evangelizing and discipling college students in the U.S. and abroad, The Traveling Team, and The Bodybuilders ministry, seeking to "build up the body of Christ" through the development of seminars and publications.
From 2004-2012 he served as the Director of Mobilization for the U.S. Center for World Mission, including the oversight of the Perspectives on the World Christian Movement study program. He is currently the executive director for the Center for Mission Mobiliation.
He and his wife Carol reside in Fayetteville, Arkansas, have five grown children, one grandson, Shad William McClure, and twin granddaughters on the way!
He and and several other trainers in partnership development blog at the Support Raising Solutions website.
People Raising: Bill Dillon
Bill Dillon is the Founder of Inner City Impact and has served for over 40 years as Executive Director. His family has been an integral part of urban ministry in Chicago since 1918 (three generations) and he has over 40 years of fund raising experience.
Bill has authored People Raising: a Practical Guide to Raising Support, now in a 14th printing, and does fund raising consulting through People Raising.
Bill is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute, Elmhurst College and earned his MBA from Murray State University. He and his wife Sandy, have three children.
Bill has been speaking and writing about raising ministry support for a long time, and he has a huge archive of articles and tips that is rich "how-to" library of ideas.
Lessons from Zaraphath: Todd Eckhardt
Rev. Todd Eckhardt is the Vice-President of Homeland Ministries for World Gospel Mission. He has served in ministry for more than 20 years. During this time he has pastored, taught and headed up mobilization and funding for WGM. In the past several years Todd has been trained in the principles of Transformational Giving and now trains missionaries and church leaders in these principles.
Todd blogs in the application of Transformational Giving Principles at the "Lessons from Zarapheth" blog.
He is also a regular contributer to articles on this website.
Welcome to "Raise Your Support"
Whether you are a new ministry staff member just getting started on the road of raising ministry support and developing transformational relationships with your ministry partners, or you are a "veteran" at this, we say welcome!
Here you will find a number of resources to help you get started (or stay on the path or get back on the path) of a spiritually vibrant, fully finded, passion filled ministry to and with your partners.
Needing some inspiration? Try some of these links
- Great books on partner / champion / supporter development
- Basic reading on core concepts
- Information about transformational giving concepts
- Training seminars and worshops to give foundational training
- Helpful blogs written by various authors and partner development experts
- Recommendations on some software tools to help you keep track of information and keep your development efforts "on track."
This page is coming soon
This page is coming soon.
Donor Elf is a web based program to help you keep track of your ministry support accounts.
DonorElf is made specifically for missionaries who raise their own financial support, and it takes the pain out of managing donors and donations. Because it is web based, your data is available wherever you can get online, on all devices.
Donor Elf can also synchronize with the accounting / donor systems of some mission organizations.
Missions Linked is a full service printing and design house that specializes in helping missionaries with prayer cards, brochures, prayer letters, banners, magnets, etc.
Founded and run by 2 MKs, they are a missions-focused design agency that serves those carrying out the Great Commission. Part of their philosophy is that as a missionary, you have the most important job in the world.
Sharing the Good News can't be something that is done with mediocrity, and they want to help you do it with excellence.