It’s truly amazing how God has brought the nations to the United States.
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In the Spring of 2021, the Western Missouri Operation Andrew Project began with Director of Missions Woody Wilson and churches of the Osage River Baptist Association saying “Yes,” to God’s call to reach their communities and neighborhoods with the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ through a partnership with International Commission (internationalcommission.org).
Dysfunctional team members are hard to deal with at the best of times.
I’ll be honest. Raising financial support for my ministry is not one of my favorite things to do. I’ve discovered that it is much easier to keep the partners I have than to continually find new ones.
How do you keep the church’s passion for ministry from deflating?
My husband, Mark, and I hadn’t even graduated from college when we began raising our support in 1995. What we lacked in training and coaching we made up for in enthusiasm and youthfulness.
A number of years ago, someone put a copy of Henri Nouwen’s booklet “A Spirituality of Fundraising” in my hands. Near the beginning of the piece, Nouwen says, “From the perspective of the gospel, fund-raising is not a response to a crisis. Fund-raising is, first and foremost, a form of ministry.”
This is part one of a two part article series. This first article shares the support raisers experience. The second article shares a bigger vision and perspective from that of a coach and can be found here.
It is stated in three simple words – get fully funded. You are a leader, a coach, a trainer, and, as such, you are an example for the supported staff in your organization.
When I met Jessie, everything indicated he would be a star in his ministry. The ministry he was aiming for was at the center of his passions. It was in worship and his creativity came alive in the church context. His church body loved his contribution and his family was all for it.