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Pre-Forum Conference: Giving and Getting in the Kingdom

Detailed information about the 2020 Forum is not yet available but will be posted in the future. Please review the information from the 2019 Forum for a look at the quality of instructors, teaching, and content that will be available in the 2020 Pre-Forum Conferences.

God delights in seeing his people use his resources (time, talent, and treasure!) to do the work he wants them to do. He delights both in those who give of their resources (i.e. “Givers”) as well as in those who proactively and intentionally seek those resources (i.e. “Getters”). In these sessions, you’ll get a glimpse into the heart and characteristics of God-honoring Givers and Getters, into how to Give and—especially—Get more effectively, into some of the common sticking points for Christians involved in both tasks, and how to do all this in a way that not only mobilizes more resources for ministry effectiveness, but also brings glory to the Giver of all good gifts.

This Pre-Forum Conference will take place preceding the European Leadership Forum on 17-18 May. It will begin with dinner on Friday evening at 18:00 followed by an evening session from 19:15 to 21:00 and last from 9:00 to 13:00 on Saturday.

Participants should plan to arrive at the hotel in Wisla on Friday, 17 May, by 17:00 in order to register, check into the hotel, and join the group for dinner at 18:00.  If arriving by plane, participants should plan to arrive at the Krakow or Katowice airport no later than 14:00.



R. Mark Dillon is the Executive Vice President of the Christian Higher Education and Nonprofit division of Generis. He holds a PhD in Philanthropy and Leadership from The Union Institute in Cincinnati, a MDiv from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and a BA from Bethel University. Dr. Dillon has been a successful Chief Development officer over 25 years, first at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School/Trinity College, then for 19 years at Wheaton College, and most recently at the American Bible Society. He authored the book Giving and Getting in the Kingdom: A Field Guide, considered to be a standard guide for fundraising in the Christian realm, and has consulted with numerous colleges, universities, and seminaries in North America as well as a number of churches and nonprofit ministries. Dr. Dillon and his wife, Susan, live in Chicago, IL, and are the proud parents of three children (Daniel, Joel, and Laura Grace) and grandparents to ten grandchildren.


Joel A. Dillon is the President & CEO of Jill’s House, a nonprofit ministry dedicated to families raising children with intellectual disabilities. Joel is responsible for the overall operations of Jill’s House, including overseeing the local and national fundraising for all five locations. Previously, he served as Associate VP of Development for Trinity International University in Deerfield, IL, where he played a role in some of the strongest years of giving in the university’s history. His experience caring for “at-risk” children at Mercy Home for Boys & Girls in Chicago, IL and living alongside adults with intellectual disabilities in a L’Arche community in Germany has deepened his commitment and passion for the mission and work of Jill’s House. Joel is a graduate of Wheaton College. He lives in the Washington, D.C. metro area with his wife, Hannah, and their two children, Lucy and Jonah.





Why Asking is Essential

Nothing is more misunderstood or more lacking in Christian ministry. We will make the case that asking God’s people for God’s money to do God’s work is essential.


God’s Part/Our Part

The financial success of our ministries is a mysterious blend of our effort and His bountiful blessing. God does it all, but is pleased to use our efforts, too. We’ll explore this mystery.


Getting the Word Out on Your Organisation  

“Marketing” can be a dirty word. How can we speak well of our ministries without exaggeration or manipulation?


The Three-Legged Stool of Excellent Programs

A balanced, growing development program has three essential elements. We’ll explore them and give opportunity for you to adapt them to your context.


Nothing Never Happens

Being worthy of support, financial and otherwise, is everyone’s responsibility. Every contact with your ministry either adds or detracts from the confidence that people have in your ability to steward well their support. We will explore how to be a welcoming place to all your publics.


Was George Mueller Right?

George Mueller is rightly revered for his utter dependence upon prayer for provision for his ministry. The stories of God’s amazing provision through fervent prayer should give fundraisers pause. We’ll discuss what is normative for God’s provision for ministry today.


Not All Givers Are Alike

What are the different types of givers in the evangelical world and how should it influence how we talk about giving?


How Money Flows

Wealth is not distributed evenly, nor does it come in evenly to ministries. How does that influence strategy and performance in raising money for ministry?


The Heart and Life of a Great Fundraiser

Much of our success in fundraising is dependent on us as the messenger. What kind of person does God easily use in raising money in the Kingdom?


What Makes Fundraising “Christian?”

Sometimes it’s hard to distinguish Christian fundraising from fundraising for non-Christian philanthropic causes. What makes Christian fundraising distinct?





Single Room: 90 Euros

Double Room: 70 Euros

Scholarship: 30 Euros

The cost includes:

  • Lodging the night of Friday, 17 May
  • Three meals (Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast, and lunch)

Please note: the above costs are in addition to the standard Forum conference costs.

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