In the book, Funding Your Ministry, Scott Morton makes a very bold statement that if you do not have a contact list of at least 100 people, you might question if you’re really called to be a missionary.
Wow. This seems like a harsh thing to say, but it's often true. What if you know beyond a shadow of a doubt that God is calling you to ministry but you think you just don’t have the contacts to fund the ministry? How are you going to build that potential donor list and give others a chance to be involved through giving and praying?
You build that potential donor list by getting rid of your own obstacles. These obstacles are the ideas and thoughts you are projecting onto other people.
Here are examples of three obstacles that might be the ones holding you back.
1- These people wouldn’t be interested.
Perhaps your friend doesn’t have the same core belief system you have, so surely they won’t be interested. Well, they are your friend for a reason, and what a great opportunity to share with them why you believe so strongly in your mission. Speaking with your friends about your mission can begin your ministry today.
2- That person is going through a hard time.
Looks can be deceiving. 1 Samuel 16:7 says, “... the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” Just because someone doesn’t live in a way that gives an impression of wealth doesn't mean they aren't able to give.
There may be a family who has a great desire to impact a certain country, but they can't travel there at this season of life. Your partnership in ministry provides a great chance for that family to live sacrificially in order to impact another country with you. Financial partnership with another person gives them an opportunity to impact people they will never meet.
3- I haven’t talked to them in years.
Great partnerships do not require years, or even months, of upfront investment. We live in a move forward, everyone is connected, get it now society. This gives you a perfect chance to connect with someone easily and to quickly move from acquaintances to partners in ministry on a daily basis. Don’t forget, however, that great ministry partnerships do require consistent investment to continue.
All these are statements that you have projected on someone else. Don’t take an opportunity to partner in Kingdom work away from someone because you created your own obstacles to a financial partnership. Be open to asking everyone, literally everyone, and God will move.
Jenny Karr, Director of Training and Coaching Services
My mission is to train, equip, and support people in ministry and as the Director of Training and Coaching Services, I get to do all of those things in one role! When I’m not coaching, training, or writing blogs, I’m enjoying time at home or in the city with my husband, daughter, and friends here in Nashville, TN.