Questions About Support-Raising

Answers to common questions about support-raising.

Assemblies of God missionaries are not allowed to begin their mission until they have assembled a team of churches and individuals willing to fund their ministry. This often confuses people, so I thought I’d answer what I perceive to be the common questions.

Can You Just Give Me a Quick Explanation?

There is a consistent principle taught in the Scriptures: ministers should be paid by the people of God. In this regard, there are two broad categories of ministers: pastors, who are paid by the local congregations they serve, and missionaries, who are paid by others than the ones they are ministering to.

Chi Alpha campus workers are missionaries. The reason for this is very simple: college students don’t have any money! In addition, the college scene in American is as pagan as any place on earth, so there are few who would be willing to pay Christian workers even if they did have the resources to do so.

For this reason, then, Chi Alpha campus workers are required to build a support team to aid them in their ministry. Part of that support is prayer, part of it is emotional support, and part of it is financial support.

Is this Biblical?

Yes! For more detail, read our essay on The Biblical Basis for Support-Raising.

Why doesn’t the church pay you?

The church is paying us. The church is not a building; the church is people!

Ha, ha. So why doesn’t your denomination pay you a salary?

  • If the denomination salaries missionaries, the money has to come from somewhere–and that somewhere is the churches. Effectively, it becomes a tax on churches.
  • Historically, denominations that tax churches this way have very few missionaries–nobody likes to pay taxes, not even churches. Raising support by contacting friends and family is a far more effective strategy. Plus, it’s the Biblical method!
  • It’s a scalable system. Every new missionary is required to go and generate the funds necessary for their own ministry. No matter how many missionaries we have, we can always have more because there’s no fixed allotment that all the missionaries have to compete for scraps of.
  • Raising support requires that a minster build a network of relationships which keep him accountable and motivate him to work diligently. If you know that your best friend is paying part of your salary, you’re much less inclined to goof off.
  • Missionaries beget missionaries! Most missionaries become missionaries through contact with another missionary. Support-raising forces missionaries to develop relationships that ultimately result in the production of new missionaries.

Why do you have to raise your full budget first?

Because the Assemblies of God wants long-term successes, not one-shot wonders. If missionaries reach their fields before they raise their full support, they are much more likely to fail their task. They become consumed with their work, and they eventually reach a point where they must either quit, get a part-time job, or live in unhealthy conditions. None of these things is conducive to long-term ministry. By forcing missionaries to raise their budget in full, the A/G contributes greatly to their longevity in ministry. By contributing to longevity they contribute to effectiveness.

Longevity aside, insufficient funding has immediate implications. Without a full budget our ability to minister is literally compromised. Our missionary budget is not just our salary! It’s actually the full organizational budget for our ministry. Out of that budget, a certain amount goes to our salary and the rest goes toward work expenses: without those funds ministry opportunities have to be passed up. Like everything else, ministry requires money.

Who oversees the finances?

We are accountable to Assemblies of God US Missions. All funds are routed through them in order to provide financial oversight for the missionaries.

How do I begin supporting your ministry?

Just follow these instructions.

What Is Chi Alpha?

Many people seem puzzled by what it is that we do. This is a very brief introduction to the wonderful world of campus ministry.

Paula and I work with Chi Alpha Campus Ministries at Stanford University (check out our group website). Chi Alpha is a missions program of the Assemblies of God targeting colleges and universities across America.

You might be wondering why the Assemblies of God sends missionaries to college campuses–read our explanation of campuses as mission fields.

So what do you do?
We strive to build an on-campus community of students who are earnestly following Jesus. We do that by leading midweek worship services in the middle of campus, by sponsoring Bible studies in the dorms, and by conducting various outreaches.

How To Partner With Us

How to make contributions to our ministry, whether you want to give online or send it in the mail.

DISCLAIMER: this information is on our website because some people actually come here looking for it. Other people get horribly offended at the mention of money and donations online. If you’re not of the former, chill. Just filter out this message and look at some of the more entertaining stuff on this site.

When they left to tell others about the Lord, they decided not to accept help from anyone who wasn’t a follower. We must support people like them, so that we can take part in what they are doing to spread the truth. 3 John 7–8, CEV

We’d love to have you join our partnership team! If you any questions about why we raise funds this way, check out our answers to common questions about support-raising and our essay on the Biblical basis for financially supporting missionaries.

1) jungle cubs download Decide on the amount you would like to give ($50, $75 or $100 a month is typical) and whether you plan to give monthly, yearly, or at some other
rate. If you’re interested in making a special gift, you can do that as well!

2) Print and fill out this form (small PDF, around 100k).

3) Give online or make a check out to the General Council of the Assemblies of God, and write Account #2650299 in the memo field of your check. If you’d like, you can easily set up your pledge as a monthly credit card transaction (the form is a little confusing: leave any fields you don’t understand blank except ledger–write 2650299 in that column).

4) Mail your check to

Chi Alpha
Account #2650299
1445 N Boonville Ave
Springfield, MO 65802

That account number is very important! Without it, it will be much harder
for them to process your information. Thank you very much, and please
don’t forget to pray for us!

Nichole Quigley, from SMSU

are in a real struggle for eternal souls, and you are living on the most
fertile mission field in the world; the college campus. I vividly remember
these words from Glens sermon. They often echo in my heart as the homework
piles and the semester drones on. This is just one of the many perspectives
I have learned from Glen and Paula.

I came to SMS as a sophomore, transferring from a school
out of state without knowing a single person. In desperation I tried to
plug into a ministry and found myself drawn to Chi Alpha because the
group was passionate, personal, and genuine
. Later I found the group
was a reflection of the leadership.

Glen and Paula practice what they preach. Their faithfulness
to Jesus Christ and this college ministry has made Chi Alpha successful
in my life, and in the lives of many other students as well. Their passion
is contagious. Maybe even more importantly, Glen and Paula believe in
me, a university student. They saw potential in me that I could not see
in myself and diligently cultivated it. They are so approachable and willing
to sacrifice time to pour their lives into students like me. Their time,
prayers, and encouragement have changed the course of my college career
and ministry.

How College Affects Students

Why campus ministry is so necessary.

College can be a dangerous place for a Christian’s faith!

To begin with, 2 out of every 3 teenagers involved with a youth group already plan to leave the church once theyre on their own (i.e., in college). One out of every 8 bails on the church before they even set foot on the college campus (Leonard Sweet, SoulTsunami page 47).

Even leaving that disturbing fact aside, college isn’t too kind to the faith of students.

Quotes from Pascarella and Terenzini: How College Affects
Students: Findings and Insights From Twenty Years of Research

“the literature published since 1967 fairly consistently reports significant declines in religious attitudes, values, and behaviors during the college years.” p 280–281

“The likelihood of changing to no religious
preference was also highest at so-called elite institutions.” p 303

“In probably the strongest studies on this point, Astin (1972b, 1977a) found (net of other personal and background factors) significantly greater than expected decreases in conventional religious affiliation and in religiousness (that is, praying and reading the Bible) among students attending selective or prestigious schools.”

But there is hope: in the same volume, the authors state:
“Only a handful of studies examine
the long-term effects of college on religious attitudes and values,
but with one exception, they indicate that changes in this area occur
during but apparently not after the college years.” p 323

In other words, college is our last chance to reach a generation! That’s why there must be campus ministry at secular colleges and universities!

Nicholette Lockwood, from SMSU

How can I begin to describe how Chi Alpha has literally changed my world,
turned it upside down, made me a new person! When I came to college my
heart was aching and ready to encounter Jesus Christ, although I didnt
know it. When I first came to Thursday night fellowship, I was uncomfortable
and a bit taken aback by the atmosphere. But soon God displayed His incredibly
amazing love through all of the people involved at Chi Alpha. I joined
a small group, and in November of my freshman year, after TNF one night,
I gave my life to Christ. I began an amazing journey into life
with Him. Through Chi Alpha here at SMS I have met two of the most gracious,
loving, and influential people in my life, Glen and Paula Davis. Starting
my sophomore year I was just fine, but during the Christmas break I experienced
an enormously confusing, depressing, and life-changing stage in my Christian
walk. I began questioning almost everything I could make up a question
for. During this time Glen began doing his Bowling Alley Theologian
thing, and I started coming to talk to him about my questions. I found
that he has abounding wisdom from God, and uses that wisdom to share Gods
love in a practical way. I discovered that he was able to explain things
in ways that I could understand, ways that no one else could. And he cared
deeply about me and my life. Because of Glens help, I gradually made
my way back to a healthy life of love for Jesus. Last semester I also
began to talk to Glens wife, Paula, about other issues I could not talk
to Glen about because he suggested she could help me. I am now in my junior
year, and Paula and I have become very close friends too. She has shown
me so much love and appreciation that whenever I need or desire comfort
and care, I can just seek this awesome couple out and they let me know
how much Jesus loves me. They drive me to church every Sunday, take me
out to lunch to talk with me about my life on a regular basis, and inspire
me to love people more. I cannot thank God enough for planting Chi Alpha
here at SMS and for placing Glen and Paula here at this time to minister
to me and the other needy students on campus.

P.S. Nicholette has her own blog!

Our Big Prayer Needs

We are busy refining our plan for our first few quarters at Stanford.
Please pray that God would show us His strategy for the campus!

We are confident that God is preparing the campus for us even while
He prepares us for the campus. Please pray for our future small
group leaders, worship leaders, and the other students God is working

We need to finish raising our budget to be able to start on campus in the Fall Quarter. Pray that God would connect us with the partners He’s already raised up!

Levi Augur, From SMSU

This first time I heard Glen speak was in the fall of 2000. Glens message was about attaining a desire for wisdom. His message began with a memorable story about he and a roommate accidentally lit his carpet on fire. This usually happens when flammable liquids and aerosols are sprayed on the carpets. This thought was foreign to Glens roommate before he struck the match.

As Glen told his story, every post-teenage boy in the room, that had ever taken a match to aerosol can, played WWF in the backyard, or licked a pole in winter, sat with and attitude of understanding and agreement. This was really a funny story, but the importance was stressed later. Proverb 1:7, The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction. Glen has understood the value of wisdom and has been encouraged to desire Gods wise instruction. This was evident to me, that Thursday night a year and half ago, when I heard his message.

I spent the next month outlining Solomons teachings and instructions laid out for his sons. I can say, because of my relation to Glen through his message, I was encouraged to learn the Fear of God. Since then I have learned about obedience, a right behavior, patience, humility, diligence, and above all love.

Melissa Glazebrook, from SMSU

summer before I started college, I was really struggling spiritually.
A friend told me that I should check out Chi Alpha, so a little grudgingly
I went to the first meeting. I felt the presence of God in that meeting
like I had never before.
I decided to get involved in a small group
Bible study and began to let God change things in me. I was taken through
several different stages of discipleship and learned what it meant to
truly worship. God brought me from a lukewarmness and created a great
passion in me for seeing His message carried across our campus and into
the world. Last year I was able to serve as a small group leader and Paula
was my small group coach. She taught me a lot about leading people–being
real with them, meeting them where they are at, and growing with them.
I am thankful that God put Chi Alpha and all the people that are a part
of our ministry in my life. The lessons I have learned in the past three
years have been invaluable.

Jerod Quinn, from SMSU

Chi Alpha has rocked the very foundation of my life. 35mm lens on canon digital camera
It provided an outlet for God to take a prideful, backsliding kid who enjoyed
playing church and turn him into someone who is constantly seeking and following
after God. I became a believer in high school, but XA is where I learned
to walk the path of the believer. The course of my life was changed because
an intern from XA decided to talk to a young, purple-haired, freshman while
he was taking a nap outside. This is my third year in college, and my third
year in XA. Last spring break I had the privilege to go on a XA mission
trip, led by Glen Davis, to South Beach Miami. A good word to use when describing
Glen is knowledgeable. When mentioning him to others I often say, If its
a book, Glen has read it. But knowing about God only takes you so far;
knowing God is much more important. Both of these kinds of knowledge are
displayed through Glen. I really saw this during the mission trip. We did
some witnessing on the campus of the University of Miami. While we were
there, Glen did some open air preaching. This was not hell-fire and brimstone
stuff, but the respectable, honest addressing of questions people had about
Christianity and Jesus. Not only does an activity like this take gall, but
also it takes authentic wisdom to do it effectively. Needless to say, Glen
knows his stuff. But as I mentioned earlier, knowledge about God can only
take you so far. Glens knowledge of God is displayed just as much. We did
homeless ministry in South Beach. We did more than just tell these people
about Gods love for them; we actually demonstrated it in a practical way
(James 2:15–17) by feeding them and listening to them. Whenever I have a
question about, generally anything, Glen is almost always the first person
I go to. Glen and Paula are both really great, God-following people. And
I would be saying that even if they werent letting me do my laundry at
their home. 🙂