10 reasons why it is important to communicate regularly with your support base
1. To foster a deeper relationship with you and a commitment to you and your ministry.
2. To help supporters feel a part of your team.
3. To provide ways supporters can be involved in your ministry—prayer support (specific requests and answers to prayer).
4. To provide ways supporters can be involved in your ministry—financial support (on-going support and projects).
5. To provide ways supporters can be involved in your ministry—work teams.
6. To educate supporters about missions and expand their worldview.
7. To provide a tool for God to use to call individuals to short-term or career missions service.
8. To prompt a deepening spiritual walk.
9. To build a connection with the worldwide FMWM family.
10. To establish the credibility of your work and provide accountability (no news conveys the idea that nothing is happening).
The bottom line: If you do not communicate with your supporters regularly, they will find another place to invest their time, prayers and finances.
15 ways to build and strengthen the relationship with your supporting churches
1. Visit the church (request the church send a digital pictorial directory before your visit so you can begin to get acquainted with the people).
2. Win the pastor.
3. Connect with a key lay person who will help keep the church interested in you and your ministry.
4. Send regular newsletters to individual supporters and a monthly paragraph update for churches to include in their newsletter or bulletin.
5. Direct supporters to your web page on the FMWM site: www.fmmissions.wpengine.com.
6. Send PowerPoint presentations.
7. Send updated pictures of you and your family.
8. Send short videos.
9. Set up a Skype call during a worship service.
10. Send recipes or inexpensive crafts from the field.
11. Pray for your supporters.
12. Provide ways for your supporters to be involved in your ministry—prayer, giving, going.
13. Distribute prayer cards.
14. Host work teams.
15. Partner with individual churches to support Extra-Mile Projects.