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Rob Martin

Rob Martin has been involved in Christian ministry since his conversion in 1976.  He has served as general manager of Fieldstead & Company, a private philanthropy organization of Howard and Roberta Ahmanson; the U.S. director of the Lausanne Committee; and executive director of First Fruit, Inc., a private charitable foundation. Since 2009 he has been a partner of the First Fruit Institute, serving ministries and colleague foundations as a coach on a variety of organizational issues. Rob has served as a seminar leader on fundraising and leadership for mission with a number of organizations, including The Overseas Ministry Study Center, World Evangelical Alliance Leadership Institute, Development Associates International, and Bakke Graduate University. He is the author of When Money Goes on Mission: Fundraising and Giving in the 21st Century, and has taught and coached on this topic through major conferences, webinars, podcasts, blogs, and face-to-face settings across the span of Christian mission. He and his wife, Bev, have raised three daughters and currently live in Washington State.



FOCL Talk #1: Fundraising 101: Discovery, Acquisition, and Nurturing

DO YOU HATE FUNDRAISNG?  If so, perhaps you have a misconception of what fundraising is.  IT’S NOT BEGGING, but rather, fundraising is an opportunity for you to invite others who have similar purpose and vision for ministry to join you on your journey.  This presentation will discuss the basics of fundraising, its biblical basis, and the methods and metrics of discovering, acquiring, and nurturing donors who share your ministry’s purpose.

FOCL Talk #2: Faith and Excellence

To fulfill our calling before God, what is required of us is excellence in our practice and a full reliance on faith in God for the results.  God cares more about our faithfulness to the process and our attempt to serve than the results of our efforts. As we implement our callings, two things are critical – our trust in God to provide, and our willingness to serve in excellence with the best we have in us. An all-in attitude and commitment to excellence is necessary.


FOCL Talk #1: Knowing Your Purpose

When God gives vision, He gives sight.  And with sight, He can show you your destination.  In this session we’ll explore the three questions that need to be answered to know your purpose – What is God showing me?  What is God telling me to do about it? And how will I know I’m doing it?  Also, we’ll discuss how to communicate your purpose, which is different than the strategies you use to achieve your purpose, and we’ll talk about the importance of short term vs. long term planning.

FOCL Talk #2: Accountability and Healthy Organizations

Proper accountability structures create healthy organizations.  In this presentation, we’ll look at how to establish healthy and balanced relationships between organizations’ executive directors, boards, staff, and beneficiaries.  A mission’s “universe” will be presented as a model to understand how to fundraise and create good accountability structures. Characteristics of healthy boards will also be addressed.


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