Note: Hi Friends! I’m still on vacation (back next week!). I asked a couple of friends to write for me while I’m gone. This week you’ll be hearing from T.J. Putman, the Executive Director of Interfaith Hospitality Network in Salem, Oregon. He understands how important it is to know what your vision is and how to spread it.
Remember Why You Do What You Do
Fortunately, once I shared the mission, money followed.
Here are three important things I learned:
Have a vision. What’s your vision? Is it shared in your newsletters? In conversations when you meet with members in your congregation or organization? We get so busy running the day-to-day in church and in our organizations, that we miss out on the exciting ministry we’re called to be a part of. You have to keep vision at the forefront.
Make the meeting. Most of us need our morning coffee and need to eat lunch. What a great opportunity to invite a member or organizational partner to go with you. Share what can be accomplished! How are you making a difference, growing, moving or building? It’s okay to be honest about why you’re meeting, “I would love a time to talk specifically about the vision of the church and what that looks like in the year. I want to see what you think and how we can make it a reality.”
Evaluate your progress. One way is to look back on a month and see how many appointments (face to face) with your members have actually come to fruition. When you have the meeting, you should have materials ready that support the vision. I’ll be the first to tell you that I have scheduled meetings, shared a great cup of coffee or lunch, and didn’t make “the ask.” It happens. But all was not lost. A good appointment can be defined as going over your understanding of God’s call and inviting the person to join in that call. There doesn’t always have to be a financial ask. God builds through our time, talents and treasure.
What can you do tomorrow?
- Develop materials to help communicate the vision. It can be done by someone from your congregation or do it online. I recently spent $20 and used fiverr.com to produce a quick whiteboard video that tells a little about my current ministry at Salem Interfaith Hospitality Network. It’s a tad cheesy and in draft form but you can view it right here.
- Schedule a meeting with someone next week. It could be anything – a lunch, a walk, a coffee talk. Plan ahead!
- Who can you remember from your past to say hello to, thank, or re-connect with? People you know can easily get lost in the noise and chaos of our world. People want to be a part of what’s happening at the church or in your organization. Make a list and reach out to these people.
T.J. Putman is the Executive Director of Salem Interfaith Hospitality Network, a faith-based emergency shelter program for homeless families with children. Salem IHN is comprised of 36 congregations and leads the Salem area in volunteerism and various initiatives around homelessness. T.J. has 17 years of non-profit experience with both church and para-church organizations. In that time, he has helped over 1,500 families move into homes.
Cesie Delve Scheuermann is a consultant in stewardship, development, and grant writing. Over the past decade, while working as a volunteer and part-time consultant, she helped raise over $2.5 million dollars for numerous non-profit organizations. She was the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference Lay Leader from 2008-2012. Her position with the Conference is funded through a generous grant from the Collins Foundation. She is available to consult with churches. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/inspiringgenerosity.
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Cesie Delve Scheuermann is consultant in grant writing and stewardship/development working with the Conference. From 2008-12 she was the Conference Lay Leader for the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference.