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Connecting is a Choice


Your Development Director just handed you a list of names. A quick scan down the list makes you cringe. These are donors to your ministry that need to be contacted personally—by you. A few on the list have the potential to make significant contributions. But getting out of the office to meet folks is way out of your comfort zone. After all, you have an organization to run, right? There is a Jewish proverb that says “The wise do at once what the fool does at last.” John C. Maxwell points out some excellent principles in his book “Everyone Communicates, Few Connect.” From this book we can gather a few principles that he so aptly points out about "what effective people do differently." It is all about connecting. Connecting Is All About Others Before you make your call, ask yourself three questions—questions your friend will ask themselves about you. 1. Do you care for me? 2. Can you help me? 3. Can I trust you? During the conversation, focus on the benefits that t ...

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Soaring with Capital Campaigns


As your vision continues to grow you become more and more excited to you see new opportunities develop for your ministry. Then your financial team speaks aloud what you fear most: “This is going to require a lot of money.” (Or in other words, “You need to start a Capital Campaign.”) William E. Heller, the brilliant Sales Manager for General Motor’s Chevy division from 1933 to 1945, observed: “What the future holds for us depends on what we hold for the future. Hard working ‘todays’ make high winning ‘tomorrows.’” Now, let me pose a few questions. These questions will help guide you to a place where you view capital development as a valuable fulfillment of stewardship for your ministry and supporters. What have we done well in the past? “Count Your Blessings” was one of my daughter’s favorite bedtime songs when she was little. “Count your blessings, name them one by one. Count your many blessings, we’ll see what God has done.” After singing the song we would recall our big and the small blessings befor ...

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Missed Opportunity or the Real Challenge?


As we move through these slower days of summer, we know the responsibilities pressing on us. Yet it seems that the ability to move things along or to just simply “get stuff done” is just beyond our grasp. Thinking about this reminded me of watching my Granddad on his farm at the breakfast table as he would quietly “mix a portion” of butter and sorghum, waiting for Grandma’s biscuits to come out of the oven. “But Granddad, the biscuits aren’t here yet!” I would cry. But sure enough, there was something amazing about the combination of those fresh, hot biscuits and the “portion” when it all came together. Thinking about my Granddad’s forethought in preparing for a simple culinary treat, while things were quiet at the table (and I was just watching), reminded me of something Dr. Charles Stanley said: “Lost opportunities cause erosion of confidence, and a downward spiral begins.” What are the opportunities that you are missing—maybe it’s the donors you could be building relationships with, or the knowledge y ...

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    About Jamie
    “No one after lighting a lamp covers it with a jar or puts it under a bed, but puts on a stand, so that those who enter may see the light.”

    As a life-long student of management principles, I enjoy finding those sparks that bring light to a dark situation. It is my hope that this “lampstand” will provide you a bit of light.

    With a diverse background in media, corporate communications, and public sector employee training, I assist ministries in keeping their operation true to their vision, mission and goals.

    You can find out how Advocace can assist your organization or contact me here.
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