Bill Dillon at People Raising: Seasoned Missions Fundraiser Confession #8.

We have been looking at Bill Dillon’s “confessions” regarding raising funds for missions.  (These appeared in the October 2012 edition of EMQ.)

This week, #8 is up.  (See Confessions #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, and #7).

Focus on effectiveness, not mere efficiency.

“I certainly got the message out, but I raised little funds,” writes Bill.

He points out that it is very easy to disseminate information about your ministry, whether it be through meetings, letters, or whatever, but that doesn’t mean that funds will follow.

Perhaps he doesn’t word the point the best, because if he were truly efficient, then he would be effective.  If I had to put his “confession” into my own words, I would say, “Focus on effectiveness, not busy-ness.”

So what is Bill’s solution?

Basically, he says that he learned that he needed to build a relationship with a person, and then sit down face to face and ask for a gift.

Previously, he had cranked out letters and done speaking at churches, but the funds apparently did not come.

Here’s the big challenge.

How many relationships can you have?

Like I’ve shared in the past, my experience raising support from individuals in the past was less than stellar.

Once you’ve asked for a gift from all your friends and family, and all their friends and family, and then all of their friends and family, then what do you do?

That is just one reason that I have chosen to focus on raising support from churches instead of individuals.  I don’t have the relational capacity to have enough relationships with individuals.

I certainly don’t begrudge those who do focus on individuals for raising missionary support.  I have lots of friends that have gone that way.

However, if you have hit a brick wall raising missions funds from friends, family, or other contacts, then at least consider putting some effort into raising support from churches.

Be a Fully Funded Missionary is the system to raise funds from  churches for missions.

Let me give you a few pointers on how to raise support from churches.  Here are the steps that make you effective, and not just busy while raising support from churches.

Tips to be Effective in raising Missions Support from Churches.

  1. Present to the missions budget decision makers.  Often this is a missions committee or team.
  2. Present to these decision makers even though they can’t support you.  Yet.
  3. Speak to the congregation during a Sunday service only if that is the only option they give you.  The congregation on a Sunday morning is almost never the decision maker.
  4. Be ready to overcome objections: “We don’t have any money in the budget.”  “You would waste so much time traveling here.”
  5. Be persistent in contacting churches to get in touch with the decision makers.
  6. Hint: the decision maker is almost never the pastor – but don’t assume that.

Don’t be busy raising funds, focus on the right tasks to get there!

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