Raise Your Support

Ideas, Inspiration, and Tools for Christian Workers Who Raise Ministry Support

John Muehleisen

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.

Website URL: http://wgm.org
Friday, 15 November 2013 17:44

Print 4 Missions

vendor-print-4-missionsPrint 4 Missions (formerly DPI) specializes in printing and graphic design for missionaries.

From prayer cards, to magnets to newsletters, they have a variety of products and services to help you implement a more effective communication strategy to your ministry partners. They understand the contraints of missionary budgets, so they keep overhead expenses to a minimum.



Friday, 15 November 2013 16:25

An Overview of the Transformational Giving Participation Architecture

There is change in the wind in the way donors support ministries, and that change is good!

In the past, many donors were content to support you in what you did.  

But more and more, donors don't want simply to support you in what you do, they want to get personally involved in causes that they believe in and are passionate about.

And they also want to help involve their friends in the cause, too.

So, how do we respond to this changing landscape?   

Friday, 15 November 2013 16:20

Transformational Giving: Three Types of Giving

If you are looking for a good, concise introduction to Transformational Giving, here is a 7 minute introduction to the three types of giving:

  • Subtractional Giving
  • Transactional Giving
  • Tranformational Giving
Friday, 15 November 2013 14:22

Never Do Fund Raising Again: A Paradigm Shift from Donors to Lifelong Partners

book-never-do-fund-raising-againby Ken Williams and Gaylyn Williams

Ken Williams (developer of the excellent Sharpening Interpersonal Relationship Skills workshop) and his daughter Gaylyn have written this practical book that expands the principles originally published in Ken's core article "A New Look at Missionary Support."

The thesis of the book is that the focus should not be on the money, but on developing key interdependent relationships with ministry partners that help both of you move forward in your walk with the Lord and obedience to the Great Commissions.

Some of the key concepts in the book include

  • Convert one time gifts into lifetime support
  • Experience the amazing power of gratitude to motivate people
  • Employ effective communication skills—both written and verbal
  • Transform the stress and drudgery of fundraising into a joyful ministry
  • Utilize proven strategies to spend less time, effort and money to maintain full support
  • Cultivate life-long ministry partners and close friends
  • Inspire your partners to become your best recruiters for more support
  • Enjoy freedom from worry about your financial needs
Friday, 15 November 2013 14:03

Be a Fully Funded Missionary

book-be-a-fully-funded-missionary-2by Darils Walter

Do you dream about that day when you are fully funded and you can depart for the mission field?

The e-book, Be a Fully Funded Missionary (and it's companion website www.beafullyfundedmissionary.com) takes a look at developing a strong network of supporting churches.  

It is available for download on a donation basis.

Many missionaries use the same tactics and strategies to raise funds for their ministry. For some, it works. They focus exclusively on raising support from individuals.

However, they are lacking a key tool in their support raising toolbox. They don’t have the tools to raise missionary support from churches.

Be a Fully Funded Missionary concentrates on this part of partnership development ... raising missionary support from churches.

For more information, visit www.beafullyfundedmissionary.com

Wednesday, 17 July 2013 15:06

More Than Money More Than Faith; Successfully Raising Missionary Support in the Twenty-first Century

by Paul Johnson

book-more-than-money-more-than-faithWould you leave all and go to the mission field by faith alone? Is this really what the Bible teaches about how missionaries should be financially and spiritually supported?

  • Should churches, friends, and family send their missionaries off to the "field" without being sure they have adequate support?
  • Should mission agencies encourage new recruits who do not have established financial and spiritual backing?
  • Does the Bible teach missionaries to live on the promises of God and not be concerned for physical and financial needs?
  • Or, does God have a plan for those He calls and sends out to carry the gospel to the ends of the earth?
  • If so, what is the plan?

In this book, Dr. Johnson shows that God laid down the plan and the principles for missionary support in the Old Testament. He demonstrates from Scripture how The Lord Jesus and the apostle Paul picked up on this plan and those principles from personal experience and through their teaching.

The author provides biblically based, practical suggestions on how to develop, with the help of friends and churches, a missionary sending team.

He and wife Dona have served with Wycliffe Bible Translators for over thirty years. They have two sons, and two grandchildren.

Wednesday, 17 July 2013 00:00

Raising-Support.Com Video Course

logo-support-raising-comJeff McLinden and Barry McLeish have spent three decades working with ministries in the areas of marketing, communications and fundraising. They have trained hundreds of missionaries how to quickly and successfully raise the funding and partner teams needed to be fully supported.

McLeish and McLinden created an online resource and training center for support raising at Raising-Support.com. This subscription member-based site provides a comprehensive video-based training course for those who need help -- 24/7 from anywhere in the world that has an Internet connection. 

Several of the course videos modules on the site are available for free, as are a number of articles and other resources.

Wednesday, 17 July 2013 14:42

Partners for Life

by Jeff McLinden and Barry McLeash

book-partners-for-life-200Are you a brand new missionary who needs to raise financial support? A seasoned missionary with years of service in the field...and flagging support? Are you raising support for short-term missions projects...or for a lifetime of service? And wondering "how am I ever going to raise the support I need?"

Raising financial support can sometimes be a difficult -- even discouraging -- part of your journey to your ministry assignment. If you're brand new to missions, this could be the make-or-break task that will determine whether you're EVER going to go to your field assignment. If you're already in the field, KEEPING your partners engaged and giving regularly can be a daunting task. But now you can experience the best in missionary training from people who literally "wrote the book" on developing a strong support team -- and KEEPING partners for a LIFETIME!

Jeff McLinden and Barry McLeish have taught hundreds of missionaries and short term workers the best practices for today's highly competitive support-raising environment. With 35 years in ministry fundraising, marketing and communications, they've left behind the outdated methods that were appropriate twenty years ago and focus on the methods that are working NOW.

Get more information on this book at www.raising-support.info.


Wednesday, 17 July 2013 09:25

The God Ask

book-the-god-ask-200by Steve Shadrach

As a ministry worker, raising support can be a daunting task. It doesn't have to be intimidating though. It isn't about money or asking people to give. It is about looking to God to provide for you. He has given you a vision for ministry, and now you get to invite others into that vision. Your job is to pray and work hard to discover those whom the Lord has already prepared to invest in you and your ministry. God has done His work. Now it's time for you to do yours.

A case in point: Nehemiah was very nervous about meeting with the wealthiest, most powerful man on the planet. He was asking King Artaxerxes to fund his Jerusalem restoration project. But when it came time to make his appeal, this lowly cupbearer first looked up to the Person who really provides resources. At the moment of truth, Nehemiah lifted his heart and made The God Ask. In Nehemiah 2:4 he describes the exchange: "Then the king said to me, 'What would you request?' So I prayed to the God of heaven."

Instead of going into appointments fearing what your fellow man will say, you can have confidence that God is superintending the whole process. This book will help you embrace the fact that this is not a Man Ask. No. It is a God Ask!

The book is available in softcover and as an e-book.

Follow this link to the Center for Mission Mobilization website.

Friday, 16 July 2010 13:38

Growing Givers' Hearts : Treating Fundraising As A Ministry

book-growing-givers-hearts-200by Thomas Jeavans and Rebecah Burch Basinger

This helpful book looks at fundraising as an opportunity to nurture current and prospective donors and facilitate their growth in faith. Growing Givers' Hearts explores how development staff, executives, and board members from across the theological spectrum can make faith-building opportunities for donors their first priority; act on their confidence in God's abundance; draw from their theological tradition in their approach to fundraising; involve a vital cross-section of staff in planning; and cultivate spiritually mature leadership.

With this innovative approach, Growing Givers' Hearts empowers readers to work in spiritually grounded, deeply creative, and professionally satisfying ways. Fundraisers in any Christian organization will find extraordinary insights in this important guide.

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