Leading a small non-profit can be lonely.
Whether you’re just starting out or if you’re growing and expanding your reach, it’s very likely that not many of your friends know exactly where you’re coming from. Your banker friends or teacher friends or stay-at-home mom friends or police officer friends just can’t really know what it’s like to be you.
Now, imagine that you had a band of brothers (and sisters) who know where you are and what you struggle with. And what if you also had someone who was far ahead of you in the non-profit leadership life who was willing to pour into you and into your organization. How would that change your outlook and your energy level?
That’s what Kingdom Investments is seeking to do with 15 of its key ministry partners:
- connect them laterally with other non-profit leaders
- connect them vertically with a great leadership institute
- so they can find community and opportunity for growth.
“We were seeing ministries with great vision but without the infrastructure to implement their ideas,” said Kerima Haynes, Operations Director of Kingdom Investments. “Even though KI is primarily a grant-making organization, our Ministry Team does not want to ‘drown’ any ministries by giving them money that they are not ready for.”
Kingdom Investments reached out to Ministry Ventures which exists to provide resources and coaching for faith-based non-profit ministry leaders. (Learn more about Ministry Ventures by clicking here.) At KI’s cost, 15 key ministry partner leaders are going through Ministry Ventures’ coaching program which will help them develop five key areas:
- Communicating their Ministry Model
- Board Development
“Each class I attend I gain confidence in my ability to communicate about my ministry to those who know nothing about it,” said Dale Hokansen of Movers and Shakers. Movers and Shakers collects donated furniture and distributes it back out to needy and transitioning families.
All 15 leaders came together for their first training session on March 23 to work with Jon and Beth Bennett from Ministry Ventures and leaders from Kingdom Investments. “We observed them being energized by being together and sharing best practices, collaborating, and enjoying fellowship with each other,” said Haynes. “It was amazing to witness.”