We spent a long while looking at Bill Dillon’s 13 confessions regarding raising funds for missions.
He is the author of one of the best known resources on raising missionary support, People Raising. <Not an affiliate link>
After the 13 Confessions, he gives a short conclusion.
Here are two of the most important sentences in the whole article:
“You can see from my early mistakes and misconceptions that fundraising does not come naturally. The good news is that it can be learned and applied, and through it, God is faithful to bring together the generosity of others to bring about his good work.”
… fundraising does not come naturally.
I have yet to meet anybody who is a natural at fundraising for missions. There are people who are great communicators with magnetic personalities who should be able to present a vision well, but they too often struggle with missionary support raising. There are some with great connections with lots of wealthy and generous potential donors, but they can struggle as well.
The good news, and Bill is exactly right:
…[fundraising] can be learned and applied.
That’s right. There are specific steps one can take and skills one can practice in order to raise funds for missions. There is a system.
Look out: hard sell coming.
Be a Fully Funded Missionary (BFFM) is the system that shows you, step by step, with specific examples, how to raise funds for missions.
It not only tells you exactly what to do, it also tells you why so that you can modify it as needed for your ministry.
If you’ve read through all of my responses to Bill’s confessions, then you know that BFFM focuses on raising missionary support from churches. If you would want just one more supporting church, then BFFM will be worth it for you. If you would like to raise all of your support from churches, BFFM can do that too.
If you are stuck and at a dead end of trying to raise support from individuals, implement just a little bit of BFFM.
If you don’t like it, and it doesn’t work for you, you have a whole year to get a full refund. No questions asked.
(And since BFFM is a resource for raising your funds, yes, it’s probably reimbursable as a ministry expense.)
You have nothing to lose.