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.
Raising More Than Money
Funding Principles that Empower Ministry: Lessons drawn from EQUIP
by Doug Carter
Missionaries and other Christian workers do not enter the ministry because they like to ask for money, but most discover quickly that fundraising is essential if their ministry is going to succeed. In this book, Doug Carter shows how to teach givers to participate in ministry with their gifts and offerings. Using examples from EQUIP and from EQUIP partners who have successfully used these principles in their churches and ministries, Doug shows the reader how to build relationships into stewardship and then create partnerships for ministry.
In his foreword to Raising More Than Money, Dr. John C. Maxwell says, "Doug's vocation in the realm of development has focused more on teaching givers to reflect the giving nature of Christ than about raising money. I'm confident that if you embrace the principles that Doug shares, it will impact your life now and throughout eternity."
Viewpoints - Fresh Perspectives on Personal Support Raising
by Steve Shadrach
ViewPoints gives fresh perspectives on personal support raising for any Christian worker seeking to fund his/her ministry.
With 66 chapters full of biblical and practical advice and resources, this book is sure to provide encouragement to you during the support raising process.
Coach Your Champoins
by Eric Foley
Do you find yourself saying, "If only we could find a few more givers with deep pockets to help us make budget"?
It's an understandable sentiment. But the Bible holds a distinct approach to major donor development--one that is very different to what secular fundraising approachs teach.
Eric Foley, CEO of Seoul USA has written an interestint little book in story or "fable" format. He explores how a non-profit ministry learnes that:
* God has already sent your organization all the major donors you need
* Major donors are about more than big gifts; they're champions awaiting your coaching to make a comprehensive difference in your cause
* Each and every person who comes to your ministry is sent as a gift and challenge from God--and God is holding you accountable to grow each one to their fullest potential.
The Four Lists of Raising Support
Just recently I read a great article that reminded me that success in any venture is always based on what I call "The Four Lists".
The Four Lists are the guide-posts to success in support raising. The lists are really simple. So simple that we often forget them while looking for something more complicated!
Success in support raising is based on the Four Lists.
3 Things a Donor Absolutely Must Hear from You
There are 3 things that your donors need to hear from you. They absolutely must hear these things! And the sooner they hear them, and the more vividly and clearly the message is communicated, the better!
tntConnect is a full featured, robust computer program that goes beyond mailing list and contribution management, but tries to help staff members build a plan to help develop the relationships they have with their ministry partners and ministry friends.
tntConnect provides very strong tools to a structured approach to ministry partner development.
The Donor Manager program is a free Windows based program written specifically to help missionaries and others who raise their own support to develop stronger, transformational ministry relationships with their partners.
The Donor Manager is built around a mailing list, and includes the ability to track pledges and contributions, special relationships, special days in the lives of their partners (birthdays, anniversaries), as well as a record of your interactions with your partners (phone calls, visits, letters, thank you notes, etc.)
Don't Bring Donors a Problem ... Bring a solution
Many people approach donors with a "problem," and see the donor as the solution to that problem.
Turn that around. Instead of asking your donor to be the solution to your problem, why don't you become the solution to the donor's problem!
Here's how ...
Forging Strong Kingdom Partnerships
For many of us who raise the financial support needed to fund our ministries, it is very easy to get get caught up in a "money mindset." I need to raise money to do the ministry, and we often see the fund raising as a necessary evil.