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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. 


Spare change or major investment?

By Fiona Mearns | 19 January 2017

spare change or major investment

How much of your working time do you spend on your support-raising? A couple of hours a month? Maybe a day a month? Actually, triple that and you might then be giving it enough time according to Myles Wilson of Funding the Family Business.


Missionaries: How to Talk to Potential Supporters

By Fiona Mearns | 16 June 2016 | Comments (2)

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Picture the scene – you’ve been invited to speak to a group about your work.  It’s gone well and there has been lively discussion and prayer.  Then over coffee one person approaches you and tentatively suggests they might like to support you in your work.  Your first instinct may be to clasp them in a bear hug weeping tears of relief or there may be an embarrassing pause as you try to suppress a look of complete shock.  So what might in fact be a helpful response?


Are you a sending church?

By Fiona Mearns | 7 December 2012

Many churches are in the vital role of supporting and encouraging a mission worker, but what does this actually mean?