People are far more willing to support ministries when they know the story and the impact the ministry is making. Be intentional about telling your ministries story.
Tell: Use a Narrative Spending Plan to present your 2019 Spending Plan.
Instead of presenting a spreadsheet of numbers at your congregational meeting, use the numbers to tell the story of ministry being accomplished.
Download an explanation and example of a Narrative Spending Plan here
The Narrative Spending Plan format can also be used for reporting ministry spending from the previous year at a congregational meeting.
Tell: Invite a ministry participant to share how they are impacted by a ministry.
Make the connection between a line in a ministry spending plan and the people being impacted by the ministry. Invite someone to share a 90 second story about their experience with a ministry in worship or have the individual write a reflection that can be included in bulletins, newsletters and emails.
Tell: Post ‘ministry’ pictures during the holidays along with a thank you.
Between now and the beginning of the year, most churches have number of hands-on or special ministries taking place. Take pictures at these events. Post pictures online, in publications or around the church building. Whenever possible include a note thanking the congregation for their generous support that makes these ministries possible.