Crowdfunding the Ministry of Reconciliation
Turning Passion Into Action
"This crowdfunding experience has been yet another reminder of how often we think too small… we’re continually just blown away by how the Lord can move in His church by prayer, vision, and opportunity. '(Lord) I believe, help my unbelief!'” (Mark 9:24)
- Pastor Phil Heiser (after doubling, then achieving his fundraising goal!)
Reconciliation for Latin America
Raised >$4000 for reconciliation mission trip to Latin America
An opportunity was provided through a partnership with the LC-MS Office of International Mission to teach Go and Be Reconciled: What Does This Mean? in Spanish at a new seminary in Dominican Republic. The audience was seminarians, local pastors and deaconesses. Rev. Brandon Martin raised >$4000 to help fund this trip and provide seed money for printing Spanish reconciliation resources!
Training for Reconciliation Ministries
Raising $1000 to for his Christian Reconciler™ training
Following his vision of being a Christian Reconciler™ to serve across Church of the Lutheran Brethren, Pastor Phil Heiser is raising funds for Ambassadors of Reconciliation so that he can benefit from reduced training and conference fees.
In grateful response to the healing they received through Group Reconciliation Assistance, St Johns Lutheran Church of Mayville, WI wanted to be a beacon of reconciliation in their community. They raised >$5000 for a Coaching People through Conflict practicum allowing the community to attend for just $20!
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Feel GREAT about making a difference!
YOU Make the Difference!
Where traditional fundraising involves our sending fundraising appeal solicitations to people in our centralized database, crowdfunding inserts the most powerful and important ingredient ... YOU!
YOU can make the invitation very personal and very unique. There is nothing more powerful than a personal invitation from someone we know. When you share your personal testimony about why the ministry of reconciliation is a worthy cause, and then make a personal invitation to those you know, the likelihood of someone responding is FAR GREATER than if they received a solicitation from someone not known to them.
When you combine this personal touch with the scale offered by the Internet, then the potential becomes exponential. That is what we see with the remarkable news stories of GoFundMe campaigns.
At the center of it all, however, is YOU. YOU are the one making the difference. YOU are the one making it possible.
To express our appreciation in a very real way:
upon receipt of the first $50 of donations to AoR through your fundraising page (from someone other than yourself) you are eligible for a $50 coupon for use at our online bookstore
an amount up to 50% of undesignated funds raised for AoR through your fundraising page in the past year may be applied to your training or conference registration fees (100% for those with a Christian Reconciler™ Membership)
It's possible that you can attend training or conference for FREE!
Please note below that there are special crowdfunding benefits for Reconciliation Ministries and Christian Reconcilers™.
Kingdom Impact with on-line training scholarships
YOU can make a tremendous difference! Get involved in the ministry of reconciliation by sharing your passion for this ministry with your family and friends. Invite them to be part of this ministry as well. Choose this campaign to provide on-line training scholarships for EVERYONE who needs it!
Your Training Registration
Most Christian Reconcilers are serving as reconcilers as part of their ministry and many have limited resources of their own. Crowdfunding is a terrific way to invite others to support you in this ministry; with both prayer and with financial support. You can even raise funds to cover costs of travel to your training!
Sponsored Training Events
Want to bring training to your church? Rally your congregation to crowdfund for the event. Even small congregations can raise funds to host a reconciliation seminar or practicum event!
Reconciliation Mission Trips
Are you seeing an opportunity to share reconciliation abroad? Contact us to learn how we can partner with you to raise funds for your trip!
The possibilities are endless!
There are many ways that you can leverage this new fundraising opportunity. Some ideas are to raise funds for:
Growing the ministry of reconciliation by inviting your friends' financial support
Reconciliation services for someone unable to pay for help they desperately need
Supporting a reconciliation ministry at your church with a fund for resources and training
Supporting a Christian Reconciler™ with a fund for resources and training
Supporting the annual reconciliation conference
A significant services engagement such a Group Reconciliation Assistance
A custom training event for your church or school
A scholarship fund for equipping reconcilers
You may have your own ideas. Contact us to discuss them!
Behind the Scenes
Go ahead and support the program(s) of your choice and invite others to do the same. Share this passion for the ministry of reconciliation with your friends, family and colleagues. Tell them how this ministry changes lives. More importantly, tell them how YOU support this ministry with your time, talent and treasure. Together we can grow this ministry beyond what we ever imagined.
We will track the donations that are received through your fundraising page and also checks received at our office with you designated as the fundraiser so that we can provide your benefits for undesignated gifts such as:
$50 online bookstore coupon
50% of funds raised in the past year available for AoR training and conference registration (100% for those with a Christian Reconciler™ membership)
Your supporters will be provided a donation receipt immediately upon submitting their online donation. In January of the year following their donation(s), they will also receive a charitable contribution statement detailing the gifts given in each month and stating they received no goods or services in exchange for these gifts. These receipts and the charitable contribution statement will be issued by Ambassadors of Reconciliation. Their credit card statement will also indicate gifts were made to Ambassadors of Reconciliation.