By partnering with so many great ministries, we really are in a fabulous position to build God’s Kingdom and affect change in this world. Whether you can contribute financially or not, this is a wonderful opportunity to invite your friends and family to take part in this adventure with you.
I know that many of you are like me and asking people to support you is a terrifying — even paralyzing thought — but if you keep a few things in mind, it will not only make it easier, but these tips will put you in a favorable frame of mind while presenting your “ask.”
- Ask for them to join you rather than asking for your support. Keep in mind that you are doing the “hard part” by riding. Friends and family want to be involved in your life and the things that you are doing, so invite them to come along without having to pedal.
- Present it as an opportunity rather than an obligation. Through our Ministry Partners, we have put together a powerful way to do His work and impact this world for Him.
- This is not for your glory — or even for ours — but for His. While we are looking for ways to recognize those who step out of their comfort zone to help in this way, it is ultimately not for your gain, it is to glorify God.
- Set a goal and ask for a specific amount. It is important that your contributors know that you are serious enough to set a goal and that you have an expectation for their contribution. Also, breaking it down to a per mile amount, it reinforces your contribution to the goal.
- Don’t be afraid to write out your “ask” and even practicing it before doing it. Remember that most of us get nervous doing this and while you don’t want to come across as too scripted, you also don’t want to be stumbling and bumbling your way through it.
- Don’t be scared of or put off by rejection. Getting a ‘No’ should not be taken personally, it just means that this is not the right opportunity for that person. If you don’t want to face the ‘No’ one of the best tools is to post something on social media. While it is not as effective as doing it in person, over the phone or even by email, it can be an effective way to reach a lot of people who you may not think about as a contributor.
Also, remember that every $100 we raise will:
- Provide a source of clean water for a family through Samaritan’s Purse ‘Pour Into a Thirsty World’program.
- Break the life-threatening cycle of addiction through Teen Challenge.
- Bring a pro cyclist into community with other Christians through an internet bible-study, no matter where in the world they are at the time through Athletes in Action Cycling.
- Help a local church to establish a Sports Ministry program through ChristianCycling.
- Provide resources to help establish a ChristianCycling new spoke.
- Create resources for ChristianCycling members to more effectively share their faith and show the love of Christ with those they encounter.
*Look for more information coming soon about our new Ministry Partners.
For more on the Build the Body Ride check out these links