Team-Based and Communal Support Raising

Why a Team-Based Model?

In 45 years of sending Global Programs, we have found that different students’ networks have different financial capacities. Two students may each enroll in a $4,000 summer program. One raises the full amount after asking 25 people in their network; another student asks 75 people and raises $2,000. 

Students who come from non-Christian homes, denominations that do not support international mission, or lower socioeconomic backgrounds often face disadvantages in dollar-based support raising. Similarly, students who pay for their programs entirely out of pocket or with a few large donors often struggle to embrace community and cross-cultural relationship building as readily as those who have already prepared to rely on others through intense support raising and prayer team initiation.

One team-based model is effort-based: it ensures that each student does the same amount of work, understanding that the same amount of work will yield different financial results for different students. In this way, students engage in the same spiritual discipline leading up to their GP, and the corporate networks of the team provide for all. If your team is using this model, your director will provide you with specific information on how it will work. Other ideas include team fundraisers (ask your director before organizing this); calling nights for team members to work on support raising at the same time; and reaching out to trip alumni (again, talk to your director to get this info).

Scriptural Examples of Sharing with a Team

Paul Asking on Behalf of Others: 2 Corinthians 8-9

  • Look up this passage and read both chapters.
  • What had the Corinthians promised to do? Who was going to benefit?
  • What direct effort did Paul, through Titus, make to collect what was promised? How would you feel about this letter if you were a Corinthian?
  • What basis did Paul have for being so bold? How do you feel about putting your relationships on the line for the needs of God’s people?

Acts 4:32-37

  • What did members of the team with more wealth do?
  • What prompted them to do this?
  • What was the result? How was the communal work of the first disciples affected?
  • What might the effect have been on the relationships within the community?