The art of the ask

Learning how to be effective in asking others to support your ministry is a key to fruitful leadership, says Ann Michel.


Dr. Ann A. Michel is associate director of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary and teaches in the areas of stewardship and leadership.

She provides ten practical tips from her new book Synergy that will enhance your volunteer recruitment and fundraising. A summary of her ten tips …

  1. Ask boldly
  2. Keep a positive frame of mind;
  3. Capitalize on the power of personal invitation;
  4. Have a clear response mechanism;
  5. Honor people who say no;
  6. Aim high;
  7. Cast a wide net;
  8. Mix it up;
  9. Say thank you;
  10. Stay grounded.


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