Dear Staff** (LifeImpactMinistries.net)
Two months ago I had a e-mail call from a friend who asked, “What is the ROI — return on investment — on a missionary you have in one of your Oases?“ And then this past week I was talking with a member of a mission’s committee who asked a similar question, “How do I present to my church the case for what you are doing in an Oasis? It seems it’s quite costly to have an Oasis for the number of guests you have in a given year.”
Those are great questions that any non-profit organization should wrestle with and somehow answer satisfactorily. How do we determine our ROI? Dollars for non-profit work are tight, and we owe it to our donors and potential donors to share with them how an investment in our cause is a worthy one among the plethora of other non-profit organizations they could contribute to. And we also want to be accountable for the money and ministry the Lord has put into our hands.
I have talked with a few people about this since those questions have been raised. And I have given much thought and some prayer to this as well. Can we financially justify the cost of putting one of you Caregivers into the saddle in an Oasis facility and say with confidence, “The cost of this ministry can be justified for these reasons. . .”
I’m sure my thinking expressed through these upcoming blog posts can be faulted in some way, and that my arguments will not be convincing to everyone. But I’m excited anyway. As I look back on our history, it has been the Lord that has led us into this ministry, brought a wonderful team together to carry out Christian leader care, put us into a number of strategic global locations, and already ministered to hundreds of missionaries through Life Impact since our inception in 2003.
So the “Case for Missionary and Pastor Care” must be expressed in some way and those of you who do it can sharpen my thinking and create even a broader and stronger rationale for this vital aspect of Kingdom Expansion.
And since there is “nothing new under the sun” you can most likely point me in the direction of articles and books that may already express this rationale in some way. I can then incorporate that thinking into what I’m blogging here as well.
Yes, it costs money to have a hosted Oasis in place. But if . . .
- a worker “goes under” what is that cost?
- Does the Lord of the Harvest want us to join Him to care for His workers, or is He doing that Himself without any help?
- Must a care organization think in the normal terms of ROI?
- Is it okay to pay the cost to take on one worker at a time in a hosted facility, or is the only valuable form of care ministry a retreat style where a number of workers are cared for at one time because it lowers the dollar ROI?
As a Caregiver, have you ever been asked a question something like these? If so, please send to me the question and any thinking you have as to the answer so I can consider it in the ensuing blog posts I’ll be sending your way. And please help sharpen my thinking on this, or tell me where I’m wrong in my argumentation.
** (These Thrive Mentor posts are written with our 30 Life Impact Staff in mind. If you are a missionary or pastor reading these somewhere in our connected world, please join us in the journey of growth! Your thoughts and comments are always appreciated.)