Cultivating the Craft of Asking

Join peers in interactive sessions to develop your skills and confidence in asking donors for financial support. Through the five online sessions, you will learn techniques to help you deepen donor relationships to connect vision to mission.

Each session will develop a task list to accomplish between sessions. These tasks will be "real life" to the project you are working on that needs funds to succeed. This series is most relevant for faith-based organizations and is great for pastors, church staff, development staff, volunteers, and board of directors.

This series of five online interactive webinars are sequential with action items to apply between each session. You will practice skills with support and accountability while growing in self-awareness about your personal leadership style. Like a carpenter, practice equips us to hone our skills and discover the spiritual connection to one’s craft. This process transforms asking for money into a craft – and a vital part of ministry.

What You Will Learn:

Session 1: Money Values (Wednesday, September 29 at 10:00am-11:30am CST)
Explore our personal history and relationship with money, biblical foundations, motivations, and meanings of money.

Session 2: Understanding the Donor’s Story and Values (Wednesday, October 13 at 10:00am-11:30am CST)
Practice listening and interpersonal skills to discover other’s visions and interests. Explore how personality impacts listening and empathy style. Learn how greater self-awareness translates into a more effective “ask.”

Session 3: Values-Based Asking (Wednesday, October 27 at 10:00am-11:30am CST)
Prioritize donor wishes from what you’ve learned through listening. Learn to suspend assumptions and personal anxiety and explore the donor’s visions, values, and motivations

Session 4: Practicing the Craft (Wednesday, November 10 at 10:00am-11:30am CST)
Review disciplines, rituals, and preparation for building professional relationships. Distinguish ‘cultivation’ from ‘asking’ and understand these as different, but complementary activities. Learn to prepare for and practice “asking.”

Session 5: Sustaining Relationships (Wednesday, December 1 at 10:00am-11:30am CST)
Each donor has unique needs for ongoing cultivation, relationship building, and pastoral care. Continue to hone your skills and celebrate the spiritual connection to the craft of the “ask”.

Each donor has unique needs for ongoing cultivation, relationship building, and pastoral care. Continue to hone your skills and celebrate the spiritual connection to the craft of the “ask”. Participants will be challenged to apply what is learned after each session resulting in tangible outcomes by the last session. We expect participants to experience an average increase of $20,000 in new gifts to their ministries.

Questions? Contact Rev. Mackey Yokem at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 501-664-8632.

Event Information

Event Date 09-29-2021
Event End Date 09-21-2021
Capacity 15

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