New ministry idea.... need help!

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  1. bodyofchrist32

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    I could use some advice here. The Lord has laid a burden on my heart to begin a new ministry. The idea is this: I live in a city of 22,851 people. The goal is to send a letter about accepting Christ, along with a gospel tract, to every household in the city. My hope is that we can reach out to the people of my city, and then move on to surrounding areas, and, with the Lord's blessing, eventually the entire state of North Carolina. What I need advice on is this: For just the city I live in, it will cost approximately $10,000 for the stamps alone. Then we also have the cost of the other materials, such as the ink for the printer, the paper, donations to the makers of the tracts and the envelopes. It will not be an inexpensive task. Does anyone have any ideas on how we could raise money to fund this venture? Any suggestions will be welcome. Thanks.
     
  2. matt wade

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    I'm not a pastor, but here's some advice.

    You need to research the postage rates a bit. You can go standard rate (takes a tad bit longer than regular first class) for 26 cents a letter. If you are a registered nonprofit, you can get the awesome rate of 16.2 cents a letter. So, even if you send a letter to all 22,851 people, that would be 3,701 dollars, which is much better than 10,000 :).
     
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    How many baptist churches already in this city?

    Cheers,

    Jim
     
  4. Mexdeaf

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    I appreciate your fervor for the Lord and the Gospel, but nowadays, the personal touch is so much better received than a letter in the mail.

    Even for missionaries trying to raise support- I know whereof I speak.

    If you are going to do this I would suggest targeting the area around your church first. That way if you get a god response, you can build upon that response and reach further out.
     
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    There's about 450 Baptist churches in Kinston, NC- assuming that is the city in question.
     
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    Body of Christ, I am happy the Lord has given you a burden for reaching your city for Christ. Unless He has impressed you to do it through a direct mail program, I would advise you to seek out a more personal and profitable method.

    Most of your direct mailouts will go into file thirteen without even being opened. The majority of those that are opened will be discarded. Of course it could be argued that even one person reads the mail and is saved as a result, the cost will have been worth it.

    I think that personal contact with people aimed at building relationships with them and sharing the gospel with them will be more productive.

    I admire your zeal to reach the lost. Don't lose it, brother.
     
  7. bodyofchrist32

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    Yes, I am aware that many of the letters and tracts will go directly into the trash, and I too feel that face to face encounters would be more productive, but this is what the Lord has laid upon my heart, and I can do no more or no less than the Lord asks of me. Some may feel that the cost will not be worth the results, but what is the price on a human soul? So, that being said, does anyone have any suggestions on how I can raise the funds needed for this venture? Also, my wife and I are seeking no profit from this, other than the joy of hopefully seeing souls come to Christ, so the idea that was posted earlier of becoming a registered nonprofit has some appeal. Does anyone know how I could go about doing that?:jesus:
     
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    I have some experience with non-profit registration. It is a very detailed and involved process. If you will do a Google or visit www.irs.gov, you will find much info about how to apply for non-profit status.

    I would recommend for simplicity's sake that you try to do it under the organization of a local church that has non-profit status already. They can set up what is called a 'restricted account' to receive funds for your project and maintain accountability as well as give a tax credit to those who give funds for the project. Also if the church has 'non-profit' designation already they should be able to mail out at the reduced rate.

    May God bless your efforts.
     
  9. John Toppass

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    Have you thought about contacting other believing churches in town to see if they would be interested in joining together for such an endeavor?
     
  10. JoeKan

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    bodyofchrist,
    If you ever move to Kansas, I would love for you to be a member of the church where I pastor at. It's great to see someone with a passion for the lost! Amen!!
    May I suggest you cut the costs and instead by mass bulk of tracts and go out door to door? You don't even have to knock and talke to someone, but just put it in the door.
    Just a suggestion. May the Lord bless you in your service to Him!
    Joe
     
  11. Dr. Timo

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    ministry

    Our Church got help from a ministry that sends you out mailing labels for those who move in your area. Then we mailed the letter and gospel tract to them. We also came up with a Church information brochure that has the gospel in it. We put those in peoples paperbox. As we can't use the mailbox for those. Hope you find the help you are looking for in reaching you area for the Lord Jesus!!!:jesus:
     

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