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Breaking the Barrier of Fear

By Anon | 11 September 2020 | Comments (1)

I didn’t plan to be there. Some unseen force had propelled me forward. I took the old dinner plate, lifted it high above my head and brought it down with such speed and force, smashing it into thousands of pieces. A word erupted from within me with such velocity that it burned from my stomach, through my chest, throat and out of my mouth… ”FEAR!”

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Withdrawing Funds From Your Individual Recipient Account

By Jo Arkell | 6 July 2020

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If you have a Stewardship Individual Recipient Account, did you know you can withdraw funds at any time?

If you have received an invitation email to update your account it only takes a few moments to do so. It’s so much clearer and easier to use. You can see your support raising target and your ministry expenses, so you know how much close relatives can give. You can also change the week you receive your scheduled payments from Stewardship.

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I have to raise my own salary?!

By Jo Arkell | 3 July 2020 | Comments (3)

I have to raise my own salary?? I don’t think so…

I remember the feeling well. I was 21, had decided I wanted to work for Agape and was off to the head office in Birmingham to hear more. I loved the vision: helping students explore and find faith. I was inspired by the staff; determined to share the gospel with a ‘why wouldn’t you?’ attitude. And I was full of hope that God was going to use me.

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What Just Happened??

By Jo Arkell | 3 April 2020 | Comments (2)

Every area of life is different to how it was a month ago. Despite there being many difficult things to come to terms with – I don’t know about you, but I’m starting to hear some positives from people. The BBC reported a few weeks ago that there has been a dramatic decline in pollution levels over China, for instance.

But what is the biggest change for the Christian world? And what is our opportunity to turn this for good?

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Mind the Gap

By Fiona Mearns | 15 January 2020 | Comments (1)

So often in Christian ministry there is a gap.

It’s a gap between the vision God has called someone into and the support that allows it to flourish.  At best the gap is a hazard that gets in the way of a ministry reaching its full potential; at worst it is a yawning chasm that threatens to swallow up the vision entirely.

Surely that’s a bit melodramatic you might be thinking? Actually, no.

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MISSION: Christmas Appeal unleashes a wave of generosity and raises £440,800!

By Debbie Wright | 20 December 2019 | Comments (2)

We would like to pass on a HUGE thank you to everyone who gave in our MISSION: Christmas Appeal.

Your generosity has meant that we have been able to raise an incredible total of £440,800! This means we were able to give £200 additional support to over 2000 of our full-time Christian Workers.

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Scraping By or Aiming High

By Fiona Mearns | 17 October 2019

How much is enough?  Most Christian Workers raising support have at one time or another wrestled with that question.  At best it can lead to uncertainty and hesitation when speaking to potential supporters; at worst it can create a culture of ‘scraping by’, living on less than enough and convincing yourself that’s OK.  Not exactly the abundantly resourced mission that God called you to.

So where do you start when faced with the prospect of raising support?

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Support-Raising: The Basics

By Fiona Mearns | 3 April 2019

Remember Ladybird books?  You’d need to be of a certain age to have bought them first time round although they’re experiencing a resurgence of late for a more ‘mature’ market.  One of their series —‘how it works’ — tackled everything from the Hovercraft to Vinyl Records and their purpose was to help their readers get to grips with the essentials. 

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New 2-day Personal Support Coaches' Workshop Announced

By Fiona Mearns | 12 November 2018

 

“When an organisation has effective personal support coaching in place their staff are much more successful in building and maintaining their support teams”, says Myles Wilson.  And he should know, having worked with a wide range of mission agencies and Christian organisations over three decades and seen the difference effective one-to-one coaching can make.

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Mission: Called to Send?

By Fiona Mearns | 16 October 2018 | Comments (2)

There’s a trope much-favoured by the Hollywood blockbuster of the person hanging on to the cliff edge whose only hope is the tight grip of the person on solid ground, promising them they won’t let go.  Not exactly a day-to-day occurrence (at least not in my neck of the woods) but - unlikely as it may seem - it does have something to say about the role of a supporter. 

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