Organisational Development/Fundraising

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2018 European Organisational Development and Fundraising Network

This Network's annual curriculum will focus on helping leaders learn how to do development and fundraising through a variety of biblically-based principles. The Network will be taught by Jerry Twombly, Senior Partner of the Aspiran Group. Prior preparation will be set for all applicants.



Jerry Twombly is the Senior Partner of the Aspiran Group, an international organisation committed to addressing the development needs of nonprofit organisations. Jerry is a graduate of Miami Christian University and Grace Theological Seminary. He has written several books that include: Funding Your Vision: New Hope for Nonprofits, Transforming Culture: The Church at Work in the World, You Snooze, You Lose: Thriving in These Turbulent Times, and The Organizational Planning Primer. He has served over 1,000 different nonprofits throughout the world over the course of the last 40 years in helping them raise in excess of $1 billion. Recognizing the changes taking place in the world of 21st Century philanthropy, Jerry has been a leader in tracking new trends and developing new programs to help nonprofits thrive in changing times. Jerry and his wife Sue live in Indiana. They have two sons and three grandsons.



Greg Long has more than 30 years of experience teaching leadership principles and practices in church, academic, and community settings.  His new book, God’s Powerful Vision for your Life: The BIG Idea, highlights leadership traits and examples from the Book of Nehemiah. He has traveled to several countries and worked with hundreds of international leaders while adapting US-based materials for use in such diverse areas as Europe, Iceland, Latin America, India, Thailand, and South Africa.  Since 2007, he has served as an adjunct instructor for Mount Vernon Nazarene University. Greg is a Magna Cum Laude graduate from Park University with a Masters in Philanthropic Studies through the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.  Greg and his wife, Elaine, live in Ohio in the USA.




Our ability to minister is directly impacted by the viability of the organisation we represent. Highly successful ministries have taken time to build infrastructure to support the fulfillment of mission. Our vision for impact will be proportional to how effective we are in building on a firm foundation sufficient to withstand the storms of change. Sessions in this Network are designed to provide practical steps, tools, and resources to enable your organisation to grow and flourish.

Each session will be a "working session" with workbooks on how to develop each idea.

Day 1 

Mission in Ministry (2 Sessions)
Jerry Twombly

Every organisation needs to have a clear understanding of its reason for existence. This clarity of purpose comes when an organisation understands its mission. Mission drives every aspect of what is done within an organisation; nothing should be considered part of the organisation that doesn’t make critical contribution to the fulfillment of the organisation’s mission.

Day 2

Funding Your Vision (2 Sessions)
Jerry Twombly

Many people think that fundraising is a matter of sales or manipulation. In contrast, Jerry Twombly teaches that a biblical approach to fundraising is the result of building a healthy and biblical, God-honouring organisation. What are foundations of a healthy organisation in this perspective?

Day 3  

Strategic Planning for Ministries (2 Sessions)
Greg Long and Jerry Twombly

The organisational leader works to set the agenda of the organisation, inspire support for the agenda, and effectively direct others in achieving the vision. This session will discuss the following: three philosophical approaches to planning, reasons why plans typically fail, key areas planning needs to occur, and various planning models.

Day 4

Development Plan (2 Sessions)
Jerry Twombly

The Development Plan is the final component that organisations must address in planning for success. While the effectiveness of a ministry will be determined by how well they achieve their stated mission, motivation will be fueled by a compelling vision, and structure will emerge out of the strategic plan - it will be the development plan that will provide the resources (finances, people, and time) to accomplish what God has placed in our hearts to do!


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