Promoting the Promise
Interest group and conversations at FGC
In its first week, 154 people have viewed "Introducing Releasing Ministry Alliance." The 5 minute video is publicizing the Alliance and amplifying the message of these weekly mailings and our printed materials.
A variety of Friends committed to Friends ministry share their views on ministry, releasing ministry, and the promise of Releasing Ministry Alliance.
At FGC Gathering and via on-line communications, our board members have been meeting with people interested in the project and experts in ministry, fundraising, and publicity.
An interest group dedicated to discussing Releasing Ministry Alliance was held Thursday July 9, 1:30-3pm. We shared our interests in releasing ministry, watched the "Introducing..." video, heard about the status of Releasing Ministry Alliance's campaign, and compared our design to that of the Unitarian Universalist crowd-funding website, Faithify.org.
During and FGC Traveling Ministry Program event, Deborah Fisch was kind to inform Friends there about our deliverables: a directory of ministries online, the ability to invite a minister to one's congregation, channels to facilitate donations to ministries, opportunities to request and offer prayer for ministries, and offers of home hospitality and other in-kind contributions.
Meanwhile, we continue behind-the-scenes creating the website, ministry database, and the non-profit organization to sustain the day-to-day and long-term operations.
Donors have contributed more than $8,755 toward our start-up goal of $16,000. Pledges have been received for an additional $1,200. We thank these Friends and those who offer pro bono services for our legal incorporation, spiritual accountability, prayer, outreach, and technical and artistic expertise.
For Releasing Ministry Alliance to succeed Friends from all branches of Quakerism are needed. We're grateful to staff of New England Yearly Meeting for sharing the video. We invite you to watch it on our start-up page or below, share it with others, tell us your interests related to releasing ministry at our contact page, or contribute at the link below.