Thinking about opening a Rescue Missions church? We tell you what you need to know to get started.
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Rescue Mission Church Requirements
In the world of church planting, rescue mission churches are atypical, to say the least. Driven by faith, rescue mission churches are focused on operating programs to the poor and needy rather than attracting worshiping families. Although Sunday services and family ministries may play a part in the church, they definitely take a backseat to practical needs ministries.
Rescue mission church planters are a hardy breed. They are committed to doing whatever it takes to meet the needs in their communities. Part social worker and part ministry professional, these religious entrepreneurs exemplify the tradition of applying entrepreneurial skills in the service of others.
Aside from the demands of pastoral and social ministry, rescue mission church planters face significant funding obstacles. Since many of their ministries require a constant stream of funds, long-term survivors need to learn how to raise cash from a variety of private and public funding sources.
Cultivating Donors for a Rescue Mission Church
Rescue mission churches that provide legitimate social service programs usually qualify for grants and/or funding from state and local governments. But it's a mistake to rely exclusively on grants and government funding for your ministry programs. These funding sources are notoriously fickle and can dry up in an instant, leaving you and your rescue mission church hanging high and dry.
In addition to grants and government funding, it's critical to pursue donations from individuals, businesses and even other churches. The more private donors you can attract, the less likely it is that the loss of a single donor can substantially impact your operation.
Donor cultivation is an art that takes years to master. But since you don't have that kind of time, it's important to educate yourself about donor cultivation as quickly as possible -- starting with Gaebler's tips for attracting donors to a nonprofit organization.
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