Developing "partners in the Gospel" allows us to not do ministry on the campus alone. Paul's example of the Philippian church is an excellent example of the influence Paul had on the lives of the Philippians and in turn their support of his ministry. Biblical Basis: Philippians 1: 3-6 and Philippians 4:14-19.
Support Development Givens
Biblical Basis: Philippians 1:3-6, Philippians 4:14-19
Pacesetter: Create and communicate a strong vision statement of BSM on your local campus. The TXBSM overall vision is: to engage the 1.3 million college students in Texas to follow Christ and transform the world. Col. 1: 28, 29.
Spiritual Focus: Pray for "laborers in the Harvest".
Equipping: Create a strategy of developing relationships with Associations, churches, Alumni, friends of BSM through regular contact that includes social media sites; Facebook, hard copy and e-newsletters, personal visits, video, etc. All communication must be of the highest quality both in content and materials!
Incarnational: Provide a strategy of personal contact by the BSM staff to create a strong relationship base among friends of BSM.
Support Development Tasks for New Workers
Read Building a Personal Support Network Part 1 Why Do We Need BSM, Part 2 The Method, Part 3 The Cost, and Part 4 The Donation, Part 5 Building a Team, Part 6 Building Your Visibility, and Part 7 Build Your Vision Through Prayer.
Read select chapters of Effective Fundraising for Nonprofits: Real-World Strategies That Work by Ilona Bray J.D.
Plan alumni reunion sometime during second year.
Develop and implement an active support development strategy - publicity, income from variety of sources - churches, alumni, friends of BSM, etc. (starting year 3).
Support Development Resources
Ryan is our TXBSM Ministry Partner Development Director. He is here to help those raising support.
Top Reading Recommendations
Effective Fundraising for Nonprofits: Real-World Strategies That Work by Ilona Bray J.D.
Fundraising for Social Change by Kim Klein
The Networked Nonprofit: Connecting with Social Media to Drive Change by Beth Kanter, Allison Fine, Randi Zuckerberg