“Some give by going to the missions; some go by giving to the missions.
Without both there are no missions.”
- St. Therese of Lisieux
Spiritually Healthy. Vision Driven. Fully Funded.
MPD bootcamp: May 30 - June 2, 2017
Your first assignment in SPO is to complete one of our MPD Bootcamps (basic MPD training). This is part of your initial Missionary training. Bootcamp is an intensive two-day program designed to get you spiritually healthy, vision driven, and fully funded. Our Bootcamp is led by a certified MPD trainer and you will be partnered with a trained MPD coach to assist you throughout your service with SPO. Materials are provided by Support Raising Solutions (SRS): you will register via their website and receive materials from SRS for our in-house MPD training.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (651) 451-6114 with any questions or concerns. We’re praying for you in this time of transition and are excited to see you at Bootcamp!
- ACTION: Register by Friday, May 12th (cost: $100).
- ACTION: Raise $100 in a one-time gift to cover the cost of your Bootcamp.
You must register for Bootcamp separately from Mission Leader Training (MLT). The earlier you register, the better. Registration costs $100, but your first task as an SPO Missionary - besides new employee forms and MLT/Bootcamp registration - is to fundraise part of the cost for your Bootcamp. Detailed instructions on how to raise your first $100 are on the Bootcamp registration site.
- ACTION: Fully complete your prep work.
You'll receive prep work and resources from SRS via e-mail when you register. You are required to complete all prep work before training. This prep work is comprehensive and has been proven to be one of the key contributors to your success with MPD.
You will receive a trained MPD Coach to provide accountability and direction. Tackle the prep work one step at a time and come to Bootcamp prepared. This will dramatically affect the success of your support raising. Please bring a copy of your prep work to Bootcamp. You can print a copy by clicking the link at the bottom of your prep work home page, or bring it on your laptop or tablet.
The dress code for Bootcamp is business casual (no jeans or shorts), and we expect staff to arrive on time to each session. We're putting a lot into these two days, and your faithfulness to the prep work and professionalism in dress and manner will set the standard for the rest of MLT and your continued service with SPO. We expect excellence from our Missionaries because we serve a God of excellence!
Contact Eric Dumas with any questions! We're excited to see you at Bootcamp!
What is it?
Saint Paul's Outreach Missionaries fundraise on behalf of the organization by building a “support team." This typically includes family, friends, and other personal contacts. The funds you raise enable SPO to compensate you for your service and are reflected in your pay.
When will I do it?
Immediately prior to Mission Leader Training, you will attend SPO's Support Raising Bootcamp (more information to come). Following training, you will spend 6 weeks in June and July raising support full-time, in order to get to your goal by the time you need to return for Mission Team Training at the end of July.
What do I need to do now?
We are preparing our Bootcamp materials. You will receive more details regarding this preparation prior to Mission Leader Training (end of May). Bootcamp registration will be separate from Mission Leader Training registration. Stay tuned for more information on registration, prep work, and resources!
Why is it important?
Nonprofit organizations rely on the generosity of individuals to provide the fuel for the mission. It is the same in the Church and in Saint Paul’s Outreach. Without raising funds, SPO would cease to exist. We believe that it is highly beneficial for all Missionaries to be involved in raising the necessary resources for the mission in various ways. It is not just something that a handful of specialists do; we are all in it together.
Furthermore, fundraising doesn't just fuel the mission; it is mission. Evangelizing someone on campus and asking an individual to be a financial partner both involve a relationship-based invitation to commit to be a part of what God is doing. Helping a donor participate in the mission is a truly great service to them. It provides them with a concrete way in which to participate in the New Evangelization and receive grace through it. We should therefore have great confidence and joy in our role as fundraisers. It is a privilege from God – a sacred trust that is to be stewarded with great care.
Saint Paul’s Outreach is one of many ministries that employ Mission Partner Development as a component of their overall fundraising strategy. There are many advantages to MPD in particular, including:
- Involving Missionaries in taking ownership of the fundraising mission.
- Allowing more donors to become involved in the mission of SPO, which is beneficial to them and to SPO.
- Enabling the mission to expand more quickly through a replicable funding model.
- Helping Missionaries to be more articulate and professional.
- Providing a network of partners who will not only give financially, but who will also support the Missionaries in prayer and through relationships.