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Getting Sent

Sommer, Pete.  Getting Sent: A Relational Approach to Support Raising.  Inter Varsity Press, 1999.

This is the Inter Varsity “version” of the book written for Navigators.  It has good sections on the Biblical basis for support raising, organizational methods, and contacting individuals.  It too is weak on building relationships with the church.  This book is somewhat dated and emphasizes organizational methods that are not related to computer applications.

Funding Your Ministry Whether You’re Gifted or Not!

Morton, Scott.  Funding Your Ministry Whether You’re Gifted or Not!  Dawsonmedia, 1977.

Morton is with the Navigators, and his job is to help train people to put together their support team.  His book is very practical, and he provides great tools.  He is especially rich on the need to be organized. He takes a fairly humorous approach to the subject and includes a lot of cartoons about the subject, so the book is fun and easy to read.  Morton is also very weak in his approach to the local church, and he, in effect, says that trying to contact churches other than your own church is a waste of time.  He emphasizes more the potential of support from individuals.  Morton’s book is aimed primarily at Navigator staff missionaries, so the reader needs to “interpret” his terms and context to fit an overseas ministry situation.

People Raising

Dillon, William.  People Raising.  Moody Press, 1993.

Bill Dillon is the founder and director of Inner City Impact, a ministry to the inner city of Chicago.  His book is basically the support raising technique he teaches all of his staff.  He has a great section on the Biblical basis of support raising.  He emphasizes a one-on-one approach to sharing vision and literally asking for support.  The weakness, I feel, In the book is the secondary emphasis on building relationships and cultivating support form churches as well as his more heavy handed approach to “closing the deal” when people do talk with individuals.

Friend Raising

Barnett, Betty.  Friend Raising.  YWAM Publishing Company, 1991.

The title of this book reveals the secret of Ms. Barnett’s thesis of putting together a support team…build relationships.  This book is high on inspiration but fairly low on hands-on, practical ideas.

Resources for Fund Raising


There are a number of books that have been written to help people assemble a support team.  Below are those with which I am familiar:

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