Many ministries experience high levels of employee dissatisfaction because misperceptions often go unrecognized or unaddressed. Interestingly, the single most common employee complaint, regardless the industry or mission, is not being heard. When employees don’t feel heard, it stands to reason why misperceptions continue to proliferate an organization. It often leads to gossip (someone is finally
The loyalty and dedication of those that work inside a ministry is unlike most not-for-profits or businesses. They often work long hours and for little money and often work inside even the most dysfunctional organizations, because the eternal reward is their real payoff. Most ministries begin on shoestring budgets, understaffed with everyone doing a little
Developing major partners is about building relationships. From the online giver who makes a $15 gift to your organization, to the partner who gives $1 million to your capital campaign – in some way, you have built a relationship with each, which was key to their gift. Partners at every level value relationships and none
More than twenty-one years ago I married a Kansas State Wildcat, which has made for some fun in-home rivalry, especially before my beloved Texas Aggies joined the SEC. One of the things that I love about the Kansas State Wildcats (they were originally the Kansas State Aggies) is something you’ll see virtually everywhere in &
I was intending to write about how large an impact that a simple handwritten note can be to ministry partners when I got inspired. Every year certain neighborhoods in Dallas are victim to some species of migrating birds that can overwhelm a community with their incredibly loud squawks and unbelievably voluminous and noxious projectile excriment.
While it’s inherently true that most people do not like being asked to give money, I have found that the reason why most bristle when the opportunity to invest in a ministry’s Kingdom works is simple, there’s no real relationship. Many ministry organizations don’t talk to their financial partners at all or the only time
The Federal government requires all 501(c) organizations be established by at least three directors. The reason behind the law is to prevent a not-for-profit organization from being controlled by a single individual. Governance is synonymous with accountability. It reflects biblical community, where we build up one another by holding one another to a higher standard.
Older ministries that are not meeting their funding goals, or those that experience an outright decline in donor funding, can begin to panic. They can make desperate decisions, like changing a long-held mission. The reality is that many ministry organizations would rather change their mission than identify, accept, and then address those internal issues that
Large-dollar donors, especially, can feel left out of God’s calling. After all, they don’t sense a calling to go out and evangelize to the unreached tribes in Africa. They don’t have the gift of preaching. They can feel unfulfilled in trying to teach the bible to others. Many churches exacerbate this insecurity by speaking only of
Next to making personal fundraising asks, grant-writing is probably the tactic that scares new fundraisers the most. Grants seem mysterious and technical, and it often seems as if it takes some kind of magic mojo to find the right grant, write the perfect proposal, and get your project funded. I’m here to tell you that