Does Missionary Fundraising Have to be Hard? with Karl Meisterheim – EM213

Does Missionary Fundraising Have to be Hard? with Karl Meisterheim – EM213

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Have you thought about how difficult it must be for missionaries to raise funds? Thankfully, Karl Meisterheim created SupportGoal to help take out the guesswork so missionaries can focus on relationships and calling.

Show Notes: http://engagingmissions.com/213

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Today, Karl Meisterheim joins us to put the “fun” back in fundraising. He created a program called “Support Goal,” which helps missionaries keep up with fundraising. This program is great at keeping information organized and encouraging missionaries to stay connected.

During the podcast, Karl talks about why he started the program. He also explains how SupportGoal works and who it works best for. His greatest goal is to see missionaries get the support they need to keep doing what God has called them to do. With this program, less time has to be spent organizing. This gives missionaries more time to minister and connect with supporters.

What We Talked About

  • [00:24] – Episode summary
  • [02:38] – Introduction
  • [03:05] – What do you do in ministry?
  • [04:12] – The positive impact of organized fundraising
  • [05:21] – Ways to fully approach fundraising
  • [06:54] – Experiencing a deeper realization
  • [07:35] – What led you to create SupportGoal?
  • [09:01] – Finding a way to serve missionaries
  • [10:06] – How does lack of support affect missionaries?
  • [11:14] – The benefits of direct feedback
  • [12:51] – What is SupportGoal?
  • [13:51] – How to navigate SupportGoal
  • [15:21] – What kinds of ministries would benefit from SupportGoal?
  • [17:09] – Learning to not be everything
  • [18:21] – How SupportGoal connects with other programs
  • [19:05] – Can the program help with finances?
  • [20:21] – Ways to approach confrontational conversations
  • [22:14] – How much work goes into maintaining the system?
  • [25:16] – Saving time for missionaries
  • [26:26] – Having a flexible schedule
  • [27:19] – Balance between work and life
  • [28:32] – Resources for fundraising
  • [30:30] – Who are key connections?
  • [31:49] – Ways to connect
  • [32:42] – Who is SupportGoal best for?
  • [33:12] – How can we best pray for you?
  • [34:11] – Recommendations and requests

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How to Raise Up Multicultural Leaders in the World, with Ramon Pastrano IV – EM212

How to Raise Up Multicultural Leaders in the World, with Ramon Pastrano IV – EM212

How does our cultural view shape our actions? As Ramon Pastrano IV shares, it's important to have a full, multicultural perspective that honors people to avoid devaluing people or creating more problems than we fix.

Show Notes: http://engagingmissions.com/212

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When going into ministry, understanding leadership is very important. Ramon Pastrano joins us to talk about leadership training and how it helps people in different cultures. Over the years, he has worked with different groups in how to see the world through another culture’s eyes. He also helps people find their own strengths and ways to lead others well.

Ramon cares a lot about reflecting Jesus in everything he does. He takes many examples from Jesus’ life in how to lead others. In the U.S., he currently prays that groups will be open to working with others that are different than them. He reminds us that Jesus is the answer to problems today, just as He always has been.

  • [00:24] – Episode summary
  • [02:04] – Introduction
  • [02:24] – The value of leadership training
  • [03:18] – Revealing gifts of leadership
  • [06:26] – A story of deep impact
  • [08:31] – Why is leadership training needed in missions?
  • [12:06] – Growing in cultural sensitivity
  • [14:58] – Working in the Dominican Republic
  • [18:23] – A conversation with God
  • [20:07] – How did you move toward the call?
  • [22:55] – A ministry of intersection
  • [27:43] – How do you reconcile faith and inclusion?
  • [31:55] – Reaching new places through leadership
  • [34:03] – Connecting the dots between culture and Christ
  • [35:54]- Encountering Jesus
  • [39:03] – What groups are impacted most by training?
  • [42:40] – How can we connect with you?
  • [43:30] – Good resources
  • [44:41] – How can we best pray for you?
  • [45:47] – Closing remarks
  • [46:41] – Recommendations and reflections

Show Links

Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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12 New Churches in the World in 15 Years, with Ernie Peacock – EM211

12 New Churches in the World in 15 Years, with Ernie Peacock – EM211

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Have you ever wondered what God is up to? Well, as Ernie Peacock shares, He's moving powerfully. Listen as he shares about church planting, cross-cultural ministry, God's call, and a new opportunity. Be inspired!

In the world today, the amount of people open to Jesus seems to be growing very quickly. This should make us open our eyes to what God is doing in the world. Ernie Peacock comes onto the show to talk about this growing harvest. Over the last 30 years, God has called him to minister throughout the world.

In his ministry, he has primarily planted churches and has been in Madrid, Spain for some time now. Recently, though, God has called him to move to Guadalajara, Mexico. His vision is to see all levels of society reached with the Gospel so that they can impact their communities.

  • [00:24] – Episode summary
  • [01:41] – Introduction
  • [02:01] – How were you called into ministry?
  • [06:13] – Responding to the call
  • [07:13] – The excitement of following Christ
  • [09:02] – Preparation for ministry
  • [10:45] – The value of developing discipline
  • [11:48] – What has surprised you the most over the years?
  • [13:28] – Making the Gospel relevant across the world
  • [15:34] – Cultural shifts in presenting the Gospel
  • [18:55] – What has God been showing you?
  • [21:45] – A challenge to look at the harvest
  • [23:02] – A time of transition
  • [23:54] – Forming an international church in Mexico
  • [26:42] – What are the dreams you have for this church?
  • [28:55] – The process of building a team
  • [30:45] – Needed character traits for missions
  • [32:27] – What do you look for in a team?
  • [35:05] – The next step
  • [35:40] – How can we pray for you?
  • [38:07] – Closing remarks
  • [39:03] – Reviews and recommendations

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The Wounded Shepherd: How to Find Healing and Hope, with Kevin Moore – EM210

The Wounded Shepherd: How to Find Healing and Hope, with Kevin Moore – EM210

What happens when a pastor, missionary, or church planter gets wounded? What happens to them and the people they minister to? How does healing come? Listen as Kevin Moore shares how God is working in his life.

http://engagingmissions.com/210

Sometimes, ministry can be messy. People are imperfect, and sometimes a congregation or a group one is serving can cause pain for their leaders or pastors. Our guest, Kevin Moore, joins us to tell about his time of hurt in the church and how God has used that to help other pastors now.

He now works with current “wounded shepherds” to help them come to a place of healing. By relating with them in their pain, Kevin is able to remind them of their calling that God has given them. Even when ministry causes misfortune, pastors and ministers can cling to God and find healing in His presence.

[00:24] – Episode summary
[01:50] – Introduction
[04:06] – How prevalent is hurt in ministry?
[06:29] – Being brought out of the gap
[09:02] – Are you still at the same church?
[10:42] – Meaningful verse
[13:10] – Holding onto the calling in the midst of pain
[16:37] – Living life abundantly
[19:30] – Moving toward healing
[23:39] – The impact of working through the hurt
[27:13] – How can congregants protect their pastors?
[31:48] – Resources for healing
[35:26] – Where can we find your podcast?
[37:35] – How can we best pray for you?
[40:26] – Closing remarks
[41:59] – Podcast recommendations and personal stories

Resources

The Wounded Shepherd: http://thewoundedshepherd.com
The Global Initiative Coffee Break: http://reachingmuslimpeoples.com
Missional Audio: http://missionalaudio.com

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How to Sow Seeds of Good News in the World, with Mark McGoldrick  – EM209

How to Sow Seeds of Good News in the World, with Mark McGoldrick – EM209

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Can God move in unexpected places? Does he love ALL people? Listen as Mark McGoldrick shares his story of redemption and how God is moving in exciting ways in Atlanta, GA.

Show Notes: http://engagingmissions.com/209

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Connections can be crucial in bringing people to Jesus. Our guest, Mark McGoldrick, shares stories of how he has built relationships with people through working with Cru over the last 30 years. From millennials to marketplace managers, Mark shares the story of Jesus and sees lives transformed. These transformational stories have led to more people coming to follow Christ.

Even when he is not working with Cru, Mark tells people about the Gospel wherever he goes, even at the gym. During the show, he reminds us that even our hobbies can be used to expand the Kingdom of God. Through those hobbies, we can connect with people and show them the love of Jesus.

[00:24] – Episode summary
[01:32] – Introduction
[01:51] – Ministry in an unconventional place
[06:30] – Seeing the love of God in others
[08:03] – What has kept you going in ministry?
[12:27] – The many parts of Cru’s ministry
[18:03] – How were you called into ministry?
[24:07] – Evangelizing relationally across generations
[30:03] – What has God been showing you over the last year?
[34:25] – How can we best pray for you?
[36:49] – A challenge for the coming week
[39:40] – Closing comments
[41:59] – A flurry of feedback

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Learning about the Life of Jesus on Earth, with Scott Stripling – EM208

Learning about the Life of Jesus on Earth, with Scott Stripling – EM208

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Does it feel like people either discount science or faith to believe in the other? Scott Stripling shares how, in pursuing truth, He's able to look to truth in archaeology and see truth in the Bible as well.

http://engagingmissions.com/208

Scott Stripling joins us to discuss archaeology and how it helps us learn about our faith. He and his team are now working in Israel (specifically Shiloh) around where the tabernacle would have been during the Old Testament. Through Scott’s digs and research, he has come to know even more about Jesus and His life.

During the episode, he shares about past discoveries, his books, and the importance of knowing the Word. If archaeology, history, ministry, or Scripture interests you at all, come listen and dig into the redemptive story of God!

[00:24] – Episode summary
[02:16] – Introduction
[03:40] – A trajectory towards ministry
[05:36] – How has the jigsaw puzzle fit together?
[06:28] – How has God brought healing in your life?
[07:48] – The process of becoming more like Christ
[09:36] – Important Scriptures
[10:32] – How do you remain engaged and active?
[11:45] – Opening doors for archeology in ministry
[13:04] – Facing the critics
[14:47] – Bridging the gap across cultures
[18:05] – Discoveries of the early Church
[20:17] – What has been the most surprising discovery?
[24:26] – The final month of Jesus’ life
[25:47] – Understanding the stories of Jesus
[28:13] – Peeling back the layers of history
[30:12] – Drawing closer to God and to each other
[32:06] – What questions need to be answered?
[32:58] – Marketplace matters
[34:25] – What is your book about?
[35:50] – Defining “synchronism”
[38:07] – Internet and book resources
[39:24] – How can we pray for you?
[41:12] – Closing remarks
[41:57] – Podcast recommendation
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