Module 4 – Next Steps God Is Calling Us To

Overview

In Module 1 of the Learning Communities we focused on our journeys and what led us to sign up for a learning community around equitable support raising. Module 2 focused on deepening our theological and Biblical basis for support raising to explore God’s heart for justice and how that might relate to funding mission. In Module 3 we reflected on our own emotional responses to changing how we raise support as well as interviewing others in our ministry in order to surface value conflicts and obstacles in the change process.

Module 4 will help us finish going through the Equitable Support Raising Canvas and prepare us to plan for how we will respond to what God has been saying to us going forward.

Instructions

Before our next call, your assignment is to:

  1. Read a Case Study of other ministries who pursued innovative funding models
  2. Brainstorm one experiment you could do in your ministry context
  3. Reflect on how you can steward the influence God has given you to advocate for systemic changes in support raising.

Next Steps

The Apostle James exhorted his readers not merely to listen to the Word, but to do what it says. We’d be remiss if we ended this Learning Community without making specific, practical application in our ministry. There are three steps we want you to take next:

  1. Read a Case Study
    • Choose one of the Case Studies available here to read: http://weare58.com/resources/case-studies/
    • Reflect on the case study using the following questions:
      • Which boxes on the Equitable Support Raising Canvas could you fill in for this ministry based on what you read?
      • How does this case study challenge your ministry’s current support raising practices?
      • What innovative ideas does the case study inspire that could be tried in your context?
  2. Brainstorm One Experiment
    • The research around teams who pursued more just funding models revealed that for many teams there were steps along the way towards their solutions. Rather than making wholesale changes, what is one way that you could experiment around making changes to support raising? What do you learn in the process? How could you get feedback on the experiment and iterate quickly on next steps.
    • Possible ideas include:
      • What might it look like to begin to measure effort on your team for a short period of time?
      • In your next 5 asks for financial support, ask on behalf of a group (your team) instead of just yourself or your family.
      • Introduce 3 of your teammates to some of your donors. Experiment around different ways of doing the introductions and see what you learn:
        • You introduce your teammate to the donor via email and let them schedule an appointment
        • You setup the appointment and attend, but allow your teammate to do the ask
        • You meet with your donor and ask on behalf of one of your teammates (who may or may not attend the appointment)
      • Make an ask on behalf of a teammate from each church that supports you.
      • Dedicate your end of the year ask to underfunded members of your team.
      • Add $5,000 to your yearly budget that you will transfer to underfunded teammates.
      • Begin to tithe 10% of your donors to other staff.
      • Brainstorm your own ideas…
  3. Reflect on How you can Steward The Influence God has Given you to Advocate for Change
    • Each member of the learning communities has a sphere of influence God has given you. It may be as a teammate, a team leader, a support raising coach, a national ministry leader, or a financial supporter of staff yourself. How might God be calling you to advocate for systemic change in these settings?
      • How would you complete all the boxes in the Equitable Support Raising Canvas?
      • Could you lead your team through the Bible study, Funding Mission Biblically?
      • Could we help you create a Learning Community specifically for your ministry?
      • Who are the power brokers you can have conversations with?
      • How might you incorporate regular times of prayer for systemic change in support raising?
      • Who are others in your ministry that are seeking systemic change?