5 Better Ways To Ask For Wild Game Dinner Donations

5 Better Ways To Ask For Wild Game Dinner Donations

Perhaps one of the most frequent questions I get when it comes to a wild game dinner is, “How do we go about getting businesses to support us with donations?” It’s a great question, and there’s certainly many ways to do it. Over the years here’s some insights I’ve seen churches use to close the gap between hard costs and securing donations to offset the budget for the wild game dinner. 1. Have A Plan For A Wild Game Dinner Donation Strategy Believe it or not, a plan reduces stress. Having a strategic plan doesn’t have to be complex. You can form a plan in 10 minutes in your next outdoor ministry leadership meeting that is specific to gathering donations for your wild game dinner. Think through: What items will you need donatedWhat items will you you need to purchaseWho is going to spearhead the effortHow you’re going to follow up to show gratitude ​ 2. Remember: Small Business Owners Usually Hate To See You Coming It’s the cold, hard truth about leading outdoor ministry efforts. It’s not you, it’s the fact that they get hit up for everything and by everybody. You have needs and you have a limited budget. Here’s the problem, those small business owners are living on thin profit margins; and, as much as they’d love to help your outdoor ministry move forward by supporting the wild game dinner, your request is most likely the third one that week alone. When a man is trying to run a small business, every time he gives something away, it is literally coming out of his pocket. Let...
Strategic Planning Without Wisdom

Strategic Planning Without Wisdom

Strategic Planning is critical. It's often useless, however, if you cannot connect wisdom with your strategy. I should know, for I've done it far too many times. When you put the two translations together from Proverbs 19:2, it's quite interesting the perspective you gain about life, passion, strategic planning, and mistakes made.   (NASB)Also it is not good for a person to be without knowledge, And he who hurries his footsteps errs. (NLT)Enthusiasm without knowledge is no good; haste makes mistakes. Zeal, passion for a cause, or even the best ideas, often can be strategic planning in the making that is void of the critical ingredient of wisdom. A burden for a cause, without knowledge of how to carry it out, is something I know a lot about! Sometime around 1999 God began to give me a vision for reaching a particular people group. A tribe missing from the steeple life ... hunters. God began giving me a vision to reach hunters with the gospel and to empower Jesus-following hunters, specifically, to use their passion for God in harmony with their passion for the outdoors. The problem was, I didn't have a clue on how to go about doing it. Yes, I could argue that when you're plowing new ground, you're going to hit rocks beneath the surface. That's the risk of plowing. That's just part of the deal. You learn how to spot bad ground only by experiencing bent plow blades. So, making mistakes is, in fact, a valuable education within strategic planning process, because failure is something must happen on the road to any level of success....
The Most Overlooked Wild Game Dinner Strategy

The Most Overlooked Wild Game Dinner Strategy

An effective wild game dinner is a staple among churches that want to reach hunters and build their outdoor ministry awareness in the community. Operate a wild game dinner the right way, and you can build a tradition that last for decades. Do it wrong, and you’ll find yourself scratching your head in year 4 wondering why attendance has declined every year since the launch. Given that I speak at wild game dinner across the country, I get to see a ton of various methods that churches and outdoor ministry groups employ to reach hunters. One of the biggest concerns I hear from them is in terms of how a church can promote next year’s event. I’ve spoken at events where churches have used flyers, radio ads, posters, even television commercials to promote the event. While those can be great strategies within the community, let me share with you one way this is almost always overlooked in terms of outdoor ministry and reaching hunters for upcoming events: email. No, email isn’t trendy. No, email isn’t as cool as a Twitter campaign. Yes, email is by far more effective than anything else you have at your disposal in terms of growing your outdoor ministry. Wild Game Dinner Response & Email Blasts You’ve won the toughest battle if you have the email of someone who has already attended your wild game dinner. They know about you! They’ve already established a surface level friendship with you, so use that. What I cannot understand for the life of me is that virtually 85% of the time when I arrive at a wild game...
Wild Game Dinner: How To Follow Up After The Event

Wild Game Dinner: How To Follow Up After The Event

I suppose that if there’s one thing that most churches fail at the most, it’s here, during the follow up stage. I know Follow Up was always a struggle with me when I was pastoring churches. I learned that the major reason most churches fail at follow up is simple: the event coordinators are exhausted. If you host a wild game dinner, and if you do it right, then you started at least 1 year out, booking a speaker, securing dates, that sort of thing. By the time the day of the event gets here, you’re sick of it because it’s consumed your life. However, for those who’ve accepted Christ, the journey for you as a ministry group is just beginning. The harvest is picked and it’s time to get on it. So how do you do it? Here’s some effective ways I’ve seen over the years as I’ve traveled across the country speaking to hunters. Form A Follow Up Team For Your Wild Game Dinner. I actually stumbled upon this myself the first year I hosted a wild game dinner in the 1990s. Our first year our follow up was pathetic, for reasons just mentioned; we were exhausted. The next year, I formed a 6 man team who was responsible for follow up and for follow up only. I wouldn’t even allow them to come to planning meetings. No kidding. They weren’t allowed to do anything prior to the event. Let me tell you, by the time the event day arrived, while we were exhausted, they were chomping at the bit to get on their assignment. My gosh...
The Secret To Increasing Wild Game Dinner Attendance

The Secret To Increasing Wild Game Dinner Attendance

Seeing tangible increases in your wild game dinner attendance is not always an easy task. Sometimes you work like crazy to promote your wild game dinner, and nothing happens. Sometimes people show up in droves, and the only explanation you have is that God did it! One of the neatest jobs I ever had came when I was finishing my seminary degree at Southwestern Seminary. There was a financial firm who specialized in helping parents find financial aid for their college-bound student. This firm would host a Saturday or Sunday seminar that lasted about two hours, and I was one of their professional speakers. They literally paid me to present their material to the parents. Their sales methods taught me a lot about presentation skills, but it also taught me a ton about hosting events. I used this tactic when I hosted men’s events and I saw a definite increase in wild game dinner attendance when I put it to use. The firm had noticed there was a sizeable and depressing difference in how many people signed up for the event when compared to how many people were actually showing up for the event. Nothing new there, for we’ve all seen that happen. People RSVP, but even that doesn’t guarantee attendance. So, I get a call one day from the CEO, and he asks me to lead a pilot project of sorts. He would fax me a copy of the RSVP list, usually about 25 families, which was complete with phone numbers. He had me personally call the list on Friday night, the evening before the event, which was...
Outdoor Ministry. Filming Hunts. And Your Church.

Outdoor Ministry. Filming Hunts. And Your Church.

Is Filming Your Hunts Actually Worth It For Your Church And Ministry?  Outdoor ministry and filming seem like they’d go hand in hand at first glance.  However, after 15 years of speaking and being a consultant to churches and denominations wanting to launch outdoor ministry efforts, I can tell you that video is more than likely NOT your answer in terms of reaching hunters within your immediate region. It may work, but you need to think long and hard before spending outdoor ministry money to purchase a professional camera, editing software, tree stand camera arms, tripods, professional audio capabilities, lights and a set for post-production filming, access to royalty-free music and the money to pay to get it, and many other elements like this that you must have to pull this thing off.  Continue...