We developed the idea of the Signature Participation Project for individuals doing ministries overseas–a way of helping them to get their donors to give more than money ‘n’ prayers by beginning to be involved hands-on in overseas ministry without leaving their homes.
Then people involved in ministry in their own communities said, “That’s great. But our ministry is local. There are no exciting projects for our donors to do like what international ministries can do with their donors.”
So we wrote Coach Your Champions both to introduce ministries of all stripes to Transformational Giving…and to give local ministries some creative ideas of how to get donors involved hands-on in ministry.
And then the international ministries said, “That’s great. But our ministry is international. There are no exciting projects for our donors to do like what local ministries can do with their donors.”
One can’t win for losing, you know.
So for missionaries and international ministries, please check out this report of a granny cloud forming above a secular international nonprofit near you.
Lest you think that videoconferencing is either too expensive for your ministry or beyond the technological capacity of your donors, let me note that:
- Our ministry is now doing videoconferencing daily to connect our far-flung offices. And our new church plant is using videoconferencing several times a week. The cost for even good videoconferencing software is surprisingly low compared not only to air travel but to telephone.
- 15% of Americans age 65 and older have Skyped or done a videoconference. That’s one large granny and grampy cloud.
Why do we Christian nonprofits and missionaries let secular orgs take the tech lead with their donors? We don’t really believe that it’s only the pagan grannies and grandpas that Skype, do we?