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Getting Sent

InterVarsity Press / 1999 / Paperback

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Raising support is one of the most difficult challenges facing Christians in ministry. Fears of rejection, concerns about biblical validity, feelings of not being deserving, anxiety about limited resources can all block us from obtaining the means to fulfill our calling.

This book both affirms that God uses the Christian community to send us into ministry and demystifies the process. This down-to-earth handbook

  • offers a clear, biblical perspective
  • gives step-by-step instructions on how to assemble the tools unique to each person's support-raising task
  • helps you know what range of gift to ask of a potential donor
  • outlines the how-tos of holding a home promotional event
  • tells the four predictors of church support
  • is aware of the diverse ethnic contexts of today's new mission candidates
  • includes a chapter by a woman for women on their unique challenges in support raising
  • shows how to build a base in a strong church when you don't have one
  • explains exactly why people do and don't give

    The relational strategy in this book has proven valuable for those who serve Christ on campus, in the city or in other special ministries at home or abroad. It is not necessarily the quickest approach to raising money, but it is the most lasting and fulfilling for those who give and receive.

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    Format: Paperback
    Number of Pages: 5.50
    Vendor: InterVarsity Press
    Publication Date: 1999
    Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
    ISBN: 0830822186
    ISBN-13: 9780830822188
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    Publisher's Description

    Most of us would rather have a root canal than ask for money. Raising support is one of the most difficult challenges facing Christians in ministry. Fears of rejection, concerns about biblical validity, feelings of not being deserving, anxiety about limited resources can all block us from obtaining the means to fulfill our calling. This book both affirms that God uses the Christian community to send us into ministry and demystifies the process. This down-to-earth handbook
    • offers a clear, biblical perspective
    • gives step-by-step instructions on how to assemble the tools unique to each person's support-raising task
    • helps you know what range of gift to ask of a potential donor
    • outlines the how-tos of holding a home promotional event
    • tells the four predictors of church support
    • is aware of the diverse ethnic contexts of today's new mission candidates
    • includes a chapter by a woman for women on their unique challenges in support raising
    • shows how to build a base in a strong church when you don't have one
    • explains exactly why people do and don't give
    The relational strategy in this book has proven valuable for those who serve Christ on campus, in the city or in other special ministries at home or abroad. It is not necessarily the quickest approach to raising money, but it is the most lasting and fulfilling for those who give and receive.

    Author Bio

    Sommer is director of teaching and adult discipleship at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church (California). Formerly he was associate director of campus ministries for development with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, and he has traveled throughout the United States conducting support-raising seminars and training for Christian workers in many organizations. Sommer also served as board chair of Bayshore Christian Ministries and the Foundation for Advanced Christian Training (FACT).

    Editorial Reviews

    "Raising support--asking for money--is the missionary's bread and butter. For most, it's also one of the most difficult aspects of missions work, standing between calling and sending. Sommer, campus ministries associate director for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, eases the burden--and the knee-knocking--for long- and short-term missionaries, support personnel, and prospects. The book is culturally aware and loaded with practical advice, real-life examples, and bits of wit and wisdom. Sommer offers a detailed, step-by-step approach, adjusting for varying situations. Dispelling myths and fears, he outlines the scriptural basis for raising support. It's all here: ethics, people's motivations for giving, do's and don'ts, team building, how to maintain support, even usable forms. Recommend this valuable resource to all missions-minded Christians."
    " Getting Sent is a clearly written, practical guide to raising financial support for ministry. It demystifies the deputation process, debunks myths about why people give and presents a step-by-step plan for building and maintaining a long- term support team. The book includes nine Bible studies that focus on the scriptural principles undergirding Sommer's approach. While Getting Sent is obviously a valuable resource for anyone preparing for missions, it is also worthwhile reading for veteran missionaries who need to sharpen their donor communication skills. Pastors, too, will gain insight from the book, allowing them to be more helpful to would-be missionaries in their congregations."

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      I loved this book! I read through it in just 4 hours! I had to highlight a lot of paragraphs and sentences because there was so much to take in. Great thoughts for those who are doing missions in or out of the U.S.
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