An Enlightening Perspective from Your Investors
I am an Investor.
Think of me as a potential venture capitalist for your organization, or as a mission capitalist for your vision. I am not looking to make money back, but I am looking for a real return on my investment.
What direction are we going in? How will we know when we get there? The architect’s picture is nice, but I need an actionable plan, actual milestones, a map. If I am going to get onboard, then I want us to actually get somewhere. As an investor, I need to know where we are headed and how we plan to get there.
An annual report showing successes for last year and your goals for this upcoming year would help me to understand you. What did we learn from where we succeeded, and what did we learn from where we missed? What will we do differently as a result?
Do you have a multi-year plan? Do you have a plan at all? If you want me to buy into our vision, you need to involve me in vision casting. Help me understand our mission-critical long- and short-term goals. What is our end game?
If you have no tangible, measurable goals for your ministries, then how do you make decisions? How do you (or I) know what has been accomplished? Where will you invest resources? How do you know what to build on, what to re-evaluate, what to re-strategize, and what to let go of?
Do you ever tell me what you are really excited about? Do you ever ask me about my passions and what I want to invest in? Show me your heart, then we can have a deeper conversation about my heart.
I love my church and all, but you are not the only Godly gig around.
I also have a responsibility (a calling, if you will), to invest wisely and maximize the return on the investment. What is going to happen … what is going to change … what should I expect to see if I really invest in you? I need to believe you can manage this investment and follow through.
Let’s talk. I don’t mean the sermons – they are great and I believe that stuff too – but let’s really talk… about what this vision is going to take, how we can get there, and how I can make a difference. I might even have a suggestion or two.
You want me to show you the money? OK… but you are going to have to show me some things too. I won’t be all in until you invite me all the way in. Remember, I am an investor in your vision. Help me see how my investment is making a difference.
By the way, I am not the one afraid of talking about investing. I am a grown-up, and I can handle a challenge. Let’s have a real conversation sometime.
Horizons welcomes Mick Tune as a guest contributor. Mick is a partner with Doug Turner and Bill McMillan at Culture of Ready, a partner with Horizons in the generosity movement. Reach out to Mick at firstname.lastname@example.org.