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Support 2 – Good pointers

This is the second in a series on support raising. You can see the first one here.

This is more for the support raisers. A couple of ideas and things to remember as you go about your support raising. Some of these may be reminders from years ago, or reminders from a couple of weeks ago…

First, Don’t assume they have the vision. I see this as the biggest and easiest mistake to make. You have the vision, you’ve casted it 100 times before. You casted it last time u raised support but forgot to this time or you assumed they have been reading your newsletters that you’ve been sending them. Don’t assume this. You’re passionate about your mission field, take the time to tell the story.

Secondly, Have a plan. Voice this plan. Tell them when you’ll call them. If you leave a message, tell them when you’ll call them back. If they agree to support you, ask them if you can follow up in a week to make sure the form was filled out. Which leads me to my next point.

Thirdly, the ends are very hard. Very hard. It is hard to make those first phone calls. You have to get over this. Have. To. Also, on the back end it can be hard to get those pledge forms in. Have a plan and follow through. Follow up with them. Don’t be overbearing but have a plan and do your due diligence.

Fourthly, put the time in. One would think this goes without saying but it doesn’t. Support raising takes a lot of time and it is hard to understand that until you’ve tried to do it. It’s easy to be distracted and it’s easy to not put forth all the effort and time that you should. I think if more people raised their budgets full time they would have better budgets.

Fifthly, Ask anyone and ask everyone. Make a huge list and spread that list wide. I don’t care who they are, at the least you get the chance to sell your vision to another person! I firmly believe that individuals is a better strategy than churches.

Sixthly, don’t treat people like pledge forms. Be nice, be thankful, be grateful.

Lastly, have fun. Honestly, I enjoy raising support. I have since my second year doing it. It can be a lot of fun talking to people about doing what I love! How great is that?

Any tips that you feel like have to be added?


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Support 1 – The Other End Of The Phone Call

Ahh summertime. Beaches, pools, vacations, golf, and….

Support phone calls.

Yes, the summer is a major time for support raisers. Letters, phone calls, voicemails, pledges, databases and coffee dates. Exciting, exciting stuff.

I do a lot of support coaching nowadays, especially as we continue to grow as an internship program. I give them some dos and donts and tips and encouragement. This series of posts is for them and for the people on the other side of the phone call. I hope you find this series helpful. Please let me know what you think!

This first post is for the people on the other side of the phone call. Those who get the support calls. A couple of quick pointers for ya…

First, let me encourage you to ask questions. The whole process goes smoother when everyone knows what is going on and is on the same page. If you have questions, please ask them. We probably forgot that not everyone knows and would love the chance to explain it.

Second, give within your means. Live generously, but do it within a budget. When you’re asked for money, crunch some numbers, look at the big picture. Make a pledge that I will be beneficial to you and the missionary. If you commit to a number that puts you in undue financial strain or that you have to stop giving, both parties lose.

I recommend finding a giving strategy. Either wanting to give a certain percentage every year or trying to increase that percentage each year (even if only by hundredths or tenths of a percent), or a certain amount that you will live off of and give the rest…

Third, if you have to say no, then say no. Nothing is worse than the runaround. And honestly, no is ok. I say no every year to people who ask. Katie and I support missionaries, but we can’t support everyone who asks, so we have to say no occasionally. It sucks, but it happens.

Fourth, I find it to be a great idea to try and think through who else might be asking you for support when someone calls. This way you have a clearer picture of how much you can give.

Fifth, if you can give recommendations. If its a compelling vision, why not recommend it to our friends and family and have other people share in the blessing??

Lastly, I hope that this is an act of joy for everyone. Keep the lines of communication clear and open and it will be!

Anything you would add?

The rest of the series includes:                                                                                                                          one like this for supporters,                                                                                                                              one on some common misconceptions,                                                                                                         and one on how to tell someone you have to stop supporting them.


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Book Review: Platform

I picked up Michael Hyatt‘s new book Platform earlier this week and have already finished it! It was a very fast paced and engaging read that I found hard to put down. I also read it through iBooks which I find makes things go a little faster than actual books for some reason.

Michael set out to get a lot of the thoughts he has had for years on building a platform into one book. And that he did. He uses short chapters and five big ideas to help keep the reader engaged and excited about building their own platform.

I will say that I enjoyed the book greatly. As a person who has a bit of a social media platform, Michael gave words to many of the things I was feeling. More so than that, he gave literally hundreds of ideas for the next step that I can take. I think it will be best to go back through and mark down a lot of the things he recommends (especially websites).

Anyone who uses the Internet and has a brand or wants to have any bit of an audience should read this book.

I do recommend that it is taken with a grain of salt though. I don’t think we are all built to be in the top 1% of the Internet world. For every Michael Hyatt there are literally hundreds or thousands of people who want to just be bloggers and speakers and will never make it.

Personally, I’d like to expand my blog and brand and make a little more money doing it than I do now. However, I don’t ever see myself as being like tentblogger where blogging is all I do. I also don’t anticipate being a CEO or chairman of any companies.

I really love what I’m doing right now and reject the fact that everything has to be seen as a stepping stool to something “bigger.” I don’t think this is what Michael was saying. It’s just an idea out there right now that I don’t enjoy at all.

It was a very worthwhile read for me. And I’ve now added Michael’s blog to my list of reads because of it. That should a pretty good endorsement.

Anybody else read it yet?

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My Summer Reading List

I was over at my boy, Blane Young’s, blog the other day and decided to steal this idea from him.

The summer is always a little bit of a slower time in Chi Alpha. I say that to mean it probably slows down to closer to a 40 hour week, lol. So, I always start the summer with an immense reading list and never quite get through them all. So, maybe getting this list out there will help me.

(in the interest of full disclosure I’ve already read the first three but it was this summer so…)

Created in God’s Image by Anthony Hoekema. I’ve been wanting to read this one for a while, especially for my internship class on the image of God.

Scandalous by DA Carson. Carson on the atonement? I’m in.

Erasing Hell by Francis Chan.

Defending Inerrancy by Norman Geisler. This looks to be a very dense read but I find it to be a very important topic.

Platform by Michael Hyatt. I just picked this one up because I’m interested and leadership books are often good easy reads.

Romans and the People of God. Edited by Sutherland and Wright. A very over my head theology book written to honor Gordon Fee.

A staff book to be determined.

Desiring the Kingdom by James K A Smith. This one has been on my list for a long time.

Linchpin by Seth Godin. Never read Seth before but heard nothing but good things about him.

Prodigal God by Tim Keller. The fair one talked me into this one and I like reading Keller a lot.

Anything you like off my list or think I should add?


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May 2012 Moranagram

Here is our May 2012 Moranagram, hope you enjoy!


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Why I Love My Church

Let me tell you a reason I love my church.

This past weekend was little Levi’s first time at church. He did great! But, that’s only part of the reason I love my church.

As the family and I were on the way out, we got stopped.

Three ladies and and a man stopped us. The eldest of the ladies (old enough to be my grandmother) said, “I was hoping to see you here!”

I was a bit confused as to who she was or who she was talking too.

Turns out she was talking to Levi, or Katie, but either way not me. The three ladies were in Katie’s bible study group on Thursday morning. They knew we had the baby and were excited to meet him!

How exciting is it when the church looks and acts like a family across generations! Such a beautiful picture of the Kingdom of God.

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Another Reason Why I’m Too Much of an Adult

I have come across another reason why I’m too much of an adult. I know what you’re thinking.

Of course you have another reason, you now have two kids.

Well, the second kid is only a piece of the reason I’m too much of an adult.

The thing is, when you have kids people give you stuff. Lots and lots of stuff. Some of it is useful, some of it I think they gave to us just to get it out of their house. (I’m fine with this because I do it to them too).

Sometimes, and this is more rare, people give us money. Cold hard cash. Greenbacks. Dolla bills. Cash money on the nine. Normally they say to use it on something for the baby.

But then there’s those times where the stars align and everything is the scenario you have waited so long for and they say, “use it on whatever you want, treat yourself I’d you’d like.”

We had one of those happen last week. 100 big ones. BOOM GOES THE DYNAMITE.

And then it happened. I proved my adulthood and spent my 100 bucks on this:


Yeah. We bought a new vacuum. Pretty miserable if you ask me but it had to be done.

All in a day’s work in adultland.

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iPad 2 Cases

As you may know, I have an ipad2. One of the harder things of owning an ipad2 was picking out a case. As a matter of fact, I carried it in the box for a while before I was able to pull the trigger on a case.

I went with the dodocase. A dodocase is built to keep your case from going extinct and that’s exactly what I wanted. And that it did. I took the case to Miami with me and it served me very well. Sadly, the edges broke on the case. I was glad the case protected my iPad! It definitely served its purpose. So I contacted customer service and they said they would send me a replacement case. Great customer service. Great case.

However, while I waited for my replacement case, I was carrying the iPad around nekkid. And I liked it. I liked it a lot. It was lightweight, sleek, portable and a lot of other things. The dodocase didn’t offer me this. What was I to do? I picked up a smartcover. I love it. It keeps my iPad covered and does all the things I want it to do. It even let’s me use the iPad in the vertical position which the dodocase didn’t help as much.

The smartcover doesn’t protect the iPad very much. Really hardly at all. I can’t just throw it in my bag like I could with the dodocase. I’ve decided to just go from here on out just carrying the iPad out of my bag.

The dodocase was really only able to be use horizontally. It felt awkward vertically.

The smart cover does sit up nicely with the triangle thing. So did the dodocase,

I got a lot of comments about my case with the dodocase, I don’t get any with my smartcover.

The dodocase prevented me from taking pictures with the iPad. My iPhone takes pictures just fine and photo stream take care of the rest.

If you want protection and the wow factor go with the dodcase. If you want to keep the sleekness of the iPad go with the smart cover.

All that to say I’ve got a dodocase for sale. Anybody interested?

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Redneck Family

The other day we are sitting around the house (something we do a lot of lately) and my wife says we have a redneck family. I agree but wonder what brought that idea in to her mind? She responds with the picture we put in the newsletter. Let me show you the picture and then tell you why the Morans are rednecks.


1. Evidently my outfit made us look like rednecks. Jeans, a white shirt, and a camo hat don’t get it done.
2. Evidently the soon to be mullet I’m sporting didn’t help either.
3. Also, a young couple with multiple kids is prone to redneckdom.

You spot any other reasons why we are rednecks from this pitchur?

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Is Underwear the New Socks?

Well, I either have the greatest mystery on my hands or one of you is playing a prank on me. If you are, well played, very well played.

So, here’s the problem. I can’t find my underwear.

No, really.

I have no idea where they are. I have a couple of pairs but thats it. I used to have enough underwear to make it a semester without doing laundry. Now, there’s none left. I looked everywhere. Then I broke down and told Katie. It’s a little embarrassing telling your wife you can’t find your underwear. But, I did it.

She helped me look and we still couldn’t find any.

Luckily we do enough laundry in this house that it’s not too big of a deal. But, it is a bit concerning.

So, if you stole my underwear, well done. It’s time to bring them back.

If you didn’t, I have no idea what happened to them..,

Is underwear the new socks?

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