Forerunner Partnership Development Students are able to receive financial support through the International House of Prayer. If you are interested in raising support as a student, read about student membership in the IHOPKC organization. We call this process of connecting with people and raising support Forerunner Partnership Development (FPD). Vision Statement FPD exists to establish a proper understanding of biblical partnership within the Body of Christ to help build the house of prayer and engage in the Great Commission (Isa. 56:7). Training for IHOPU Students FPD periodically offers intensive training sessions that will effectively train you in partnership development. These two-week sessions will renew your mind, awaken your heart, and equip you with practical tools to help you be successful in your ministry. FPD training consists of classroom time and homework. Classroom time is designed to help you develop a proper understanding of biblical partnership and gain confidence with the FPD process. Homework is designed to help you engage with the biblical texts and wrestle through your calling, as well as provide you with the practical tools necessary to walk out successful partnership development. Contact FPD » Your FPD Account To view and manage your FPD account, click the link below and log in using the same username and password you use for your IHOPU email account and NetClassroom. Manage FPD account » Practical Tips Ask God to reveal any barriers in your heart to receiving the provision He has for you. May our testimony in the area of support be: “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” (Eph. 3:20-21) The most common barriers to raising support Lack of knowledge. Most people do not know how to build a ministry team and unfortunately start out with a less than biblical understanding of partnership. Take time to educate yourself in the area of partnership development. Lack of tools. All jobs require tools; living as a missionary with a partnership team is no different. Take the time to gather the proper team-building tools and develop your skills in using them. Ineffective or inconsistent effort. Abraham Lincoln is recorded as saying, “If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend six hours sharpening my ax.” Support-raising is a skill that needs to be developed and sharpened. It is nearly impossible to be over-prepared. Take time to learn all that you can about partnership development, cultivate relationships with your contact base, keep your appointments, and develop your materials. Bad theology. There is a stronghold on the mind of much of the Church with regard to finances. Many Christians, including missionaries, have a wrong concept of money, wealth, poverty, etc. Fear. This can be fear of failure, of rejection, of being controlled or manipulated by supporters, of what your family might think, of always being in need, etc. Fear is most often a sign that we have an unbiblical perspective. We need to have our minds renewed. Lack of personal giving. We must be givers, not just receivers. We want to maintain a heart of generosity, and live with an open hand. God loves to respond to generous people. Insecurity. Low self-esteem leads to questions like, “Am I and my work worth the support?” You may experience doubts like this. Sometimes support-raising is reduced to hoping people will have pity on you. This poverty mentality is not productive for raising a ministry team, nor is it productive for your life. Lack of unity with family or team or fellow Christians. Psalm 133 says, “How good and pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” and compares it, among other things, to “the dew of Hermon” where “the Lord commanded the blessing.” When we walk rightly in our relationships, honoring our parents, and committing ourselves to a Sermon-on-the- Mount lifestyle, it opens us up to receive the blessing of God. Lack of passion. Some have a fatalistic view of life. If God provides, they continue working; if He doesn’t, they stop. This bad theology often curtails the zeal needed for successful missionary work, including zeal for raising support. Mistakes to avoid Telling your whole story over the phone or by letter instead of planning a face-to-face appointment Arranging small- or large-group meetings about partnership instead of asking one on one Asking for a specific amount of funds in a letter Lack of diligence Making a predetermined judgment that someone wouldn’t want to partner with you, rather than just inviting them to be a part of your team. Don’t make the decision for them. Trying to raise funds instead of building a ministry team Starting your partnership development without proper understanding and training Only asking people to pray for you, because you fear asking them for financial support Assuming someone is too poor to support you. Again, don’t make decisions for others. Not ministering well to your team (e.g., poor communication, ingratitude, lack of personal attention) Not being prepared for your face-to-face meetings Trusting your media and other materials to tell your story for you Benefits Support raising will build your faith. It will strengthen the ministry you serve. Your organization is only as strong as it has fully funded, fully available members. Support raising trains you for other areas of ministry. Support raising develops friendships that might not otherwise develop. As you raise support you may have opportunities to share the gospel. It requires humility and promotes interdependence.