MG Plan – Workshop Resources Copy

Prepare With Prayer

Prayer is at the beginning, the middle, and then end of major gifts planning.
Pause for a moment and reflect on the relationships God has blessed you with: friends, family, church members, neighbors, business associates, etc. 
Next, spend time meditating on God’s word and reflect on biblical principles that can shape how you approach Major Gift planning.

Bible Study

Mary Magdalene: The Disciple Who Provided

In this Bible passage, we see what Mary Magdalene received from Jesus, what Mary gave Jesus, but most importantly we see that Mary and Jesus were together.

Think of the plan as the for, the ask as the from and the relationship as the with.

All three are important in donor Acquisition. We learn the key to the relationship that Mary had with Jesus was that she was present with Jesus. She would then be encouraged and then would encourage others. Lastly, she would be blessed and thereby be a blessing to others.  (Be P.E.B.: Be Present, Be Encouraged, Be Blessed!)


INSTRUCTIONS: Read the passages in the following tabs and reflect on the questions. Open the notes tab at the bottom of your screen. Consider the listed prompts and questions as you meditate on this passage.

“Soon afterward he went on through cities and villages, proclaiming and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God.  And the twelve were with him and also some women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, and Joanna, the wife of Chuza, Herod’s household manager, and Susanna, and many others, who provided for them out of their means.”
Luke 8:1-3 ESV

Questions to Consider

  • Describe and define the for, the from, and the with in this passage. 
  • Now contemporize it in your situation.

John 19:25: But standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his Mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas and Mary Magdalene.

Mark 15:40-41: There were also women looking on from a distance, among whom were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the younger and Joses, and Salome.  When he was in Galilee, they followed him and ministered to him, and there were also many other women who came up with him to Jerusalem

Mark 15:47: Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Jesus saw where he was laid.

Mark 16:1:When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him.

John 20:1:Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb.

John 20:11, 16, 18: But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to look into the tomb….v 16… Jesus said to her, “Mary.”  She turned and said to him in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher)….v18…Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”—and that he had said these things to her.

Questions to Consider

  • What was Jesus’ plan for His disciples?
  • How did Jesus communicate His plan?
  • What was Mary’s part in Jesus’ plan?
  • How have you identified your place in Jesus’ plan?
  • How is Jesus’ plan flexible enough to include different sorts of people?
  • How does the work of your ministry align with Jesus’ plan?

The Major Gifts Life Cycle

A strong major gifts plan takes into account the life cycle of a major gift. It starts with

  • Identifying for whom giving a major gift is the right next step
  • Nurturing their development in the cause
  • Inviting for financial support
  • Stewarding the relationship

This major gifts tracking spreadsheet allows for leaders to create specific plans for nurturing relationships with individuals and giving organizations–including churches!