Challenge people, ask high, and expand their vision.
I totally agree with Bill on this point.
In Be a Fully Funded Missionary, I recommend that you request 10-15%, or even 15-20% of your monthly budget be supported by the potential supporting church.
Most people think that sounds like a lot.
However, after years of experience, Bill has made some great observations:
“I often asked far too low.”
Is there anybody more experienced in raising funds for missions than Bill? No, so I think we should consider that we are probably asking far too low as well.
“And if you do not ask at all, the answer will always be no.”
So why don’t missionaries challenge, and ask for higher amounts of support?
I can think of a couple of reasons.
Fear of others reacting this way:
- They could be shocked into giving nothing!
- They could question if I so frivolously “throw around” so much money!
- They could wonder if I think they are so rich!
- They could be offended by being asked for money!
Of these fears, I have only actually encountered the last one (that I know of). Sadly, when asked about money, some people can become very defensive. Perhaps they’ve been burned by overzealous fundraisers in the past, I don’t know.
Instead of fearing their disapproval, we may have to go through some disapproval from others so that God may use it to correct their love of money.
However, I fear that the biggest reason that most missionaries do not challenge for larger partnerships is because – somehow and someway – they feel bad about asking others for money. They feel apologetic for it.
It’s an inconvenience, and we don’t want to bother others by asking for money.
Let me know in the comments if you know of some other reasons why missionaries don’t challenge supporters.
One key thing that helped me overcome fear in asking for major financial partners.
What God has called me to is too important and urgent for me to worry about my potential feelings of rejection and how others may or may not respond.