Being a missionary, church planter, or ministry leader can be hard. I hear from many people that it's like having two jobs: the actual ministry and also chief fundraiser. And it can be HARD to raise money for missions.
Most ministers have a vision that's much bigger than the resources they currently have, so they are constantly seeking God's guidance in how they should invest the resources they do have right now.. Their time and attention. Their compassion. Their relationships. And, yes, even their own money.
If you're a missionary and struggling to raise support, check out these four resources designed to help you. And, if you know of others, please let me know in the comments. I'd love for this to be an ongoing post that helps people for years to come.
Resources to raise money for missions
Hear from a fundraising coach
Aaron Babyar is a fundraising coach and a great guy. Listen to this episode of the Engaging Missions Show to hear what he shared with us.
Be a Fully Funded Missionary is a complete guide for missionaries who are raising support for their ministry. It's written out of Darius Walker's experience and highlights the exact process he used to connect with people and churches, share the vision for what God was doing, and raise his support.
He put this resource together because other missionaries kept asking how he raised support. And now many missionaries have been able to use the exact method that worked for him.
Darius was a guest on the Engaging Missions Show and continues to provide resources and tools through his email newsletter.Be a Fully Funded Missionary
The Relational Fundraising e-Learning course was designed and made available by Youth With a Mission. It's offered as a resource to equip you to build a team of ministry partners who will financially support you to do ministry.
It's designed in four modules to take you from start to finish.
- Kingdom View of Fundraising
- Essential Tools to Communicate Vision
- Crate Your Personal Fundraising Plan
As you might expect, it designed for YWAM but is applicable to anyone, from any organization. And, at the time I'm writing this, it's available for free.Relational Fundraising
Coach Your Champions
Chuck Huckaby, an upcoming guest on the Engaging Missions Show recommended Coach Your Champions as a resource for fundraising. According to the book's publisher, you'll discover:
- 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
- God is holding you accountable to grow each one to their fullest potential.
The God Ask
The God Ask
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!
What about you?
Do you have any missionary fundraising resources to recommend?
Please let me know in the comments. I'd LOVE to make this a super-valuable resource for any missionary, ministry leader, or church planter who is struggling to raise support.
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