About the author: Jerry Twombly has helped more than 3500 clients from 50 states and several countries around the world raise over $2 billion in the last 40 years. His clients have included Habitat for Humanity, Salvation Army, Focus on the Family, The Salvation Army, and Campus Crusade for Christ. Certified Development Professional
First Year Training Manual Authored by Gerald H Twombly
Over 50,000 people have learned the principles of “relational development” from Jerry Twombly. Jerry has traveled the globe sharing these common-sense principles to organizational leaders, boards, and volunteers enabling them to raise billions. In 1993 a professional development certification program was launched to train people in how to implement core relational principles into every fabric of organizational life. This book is the first-year manual of the program that has helped multiplied thousands of organizations enhance their fund-raising and fulfill their organizational vision. It’s a must read for anyone committed to making a difference in whatever role they fulfill in life.
Jerry Twombly is the founder and President of BGW|Development Group. During his career, he has served as a professor and Development Officer at Word of Life Bible Institute (1970-73), Development Officer at Grace College & Theological Seminary (1973-1987), and President and Founder of Development Marketing Associates, Inc (1985-2008), Jerry has written seven books, including the best selling Funding Your Vision: New Hope for Non-Profits; An Organizational Planning Primer; Transforming Culture: The Church at Work in the World; and Hearing from God: The One-Meal Fast Program.
Jerry became intrigued with development in 1970 while a professor at Word of Life Bible Institute. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he was tasked with public relations, student recruitment, and fund-raising.
In 1973 he returned to Grace Theological Seminary to pursue post-graduate studies. He was asked to consider taking a position in the development office. In return he would receive a salary and free tuition. The rest, as they say, is history! Jerry has spent the past 40+ years working with thousands of Christian ministries throughout the world. Recognized as “the architect of relational development,” he has been an international spokesman advocating the idea that success in ministry development will be ultimately measured in terms of how effective an organization has been in building relationships with others. His message has resonated with tens of thousands and has resulted in enabling organizations raise nearly $2 billion.
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With over 40 years of practical experience administering, training, and supporting ministry non-profits and GMO’s, Jerry Twombly’s signature “relational” approach to organizational development has enabled hundreds of organizations and churches to raise multiplied millions of dollars. In addition to serving ministry giants like Campus Crusade for Christ, Focus on the Family, Habitat for Humanity, and the Salvation Army, Jerry has worked with mission organizations, pro-life centers, schools, colleges, rescue missions, and a host of others fulfill their Kingdom mission. Jerry has written 8 books and has founded several organizations including The College for Relational Development.
Jerry Twombly is the Founder and Senior Partner of the BGW Development Group. He has more than 40 years of experiencing in working with non-profits throughout the world.
Jerry is a graduate of Miami (FL) Christian University and Grace Theological Seminary. He founded Development Marketing Associates, Development Testing Services, The BGW Development Group, The College for Relational Development (CRD), and The Professional Development Training and Certification Program.
In addition to working with over 3,500 different ministries in all 50 states of the United States, 5 provinces of Canada, and many countries around the world. Jerry has provided professional counsel to many multi-national ministries including Campus Crusade for Christ, Feed the Children, Habitat for Humanity International, the Salvation Army, Focus on the Family, Overseas International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (Inter-Varsity). DMA and BGW Development Group are credited as having raised over $2 billion to assist Christian ministry throughout the world in achieving ministry goals.
Recognized throughout the world as “the architect of relational development,” Jerry has written several books including the definitive book on relational development, Funding Your Vision: New Hope for Non Profits. His other books include: You Snooze, You Lose: Adapting to the New Economy, An Organizational Planning Primer, and The Ten Step Marketer and the Model to Achieve Your Dreams. In addition to his published work, Jerry has written six e-books on developmental topics and numerous articles for magazines.
Concerned about the unique challenges facing 21st Century Nonprofits, Jerry is a leader in helping organizations worldwide understand the unique factors that will drive philanthropy in the future and supporting initiatives to build organizations that will thrive in a world of new opportunity.
In 2009, Jerry started the College for Relational Development where development leaders from around the world pursue professional designations and meet online to discuss important development topics in a global community of practising professional. His popular blog (www.jerrytwombly.com) includes tips, articles, and resources designed to support more productive advancement activities among today’s nonprofits. Jerry speaks on behalf of the work of development at national conferences throughout the world including The Christian Leadership Alliance, the Christian Professional Network, the Salvation Army, The Association of Biblical Higher Education, European Leadership Forum, the Eastern European Leadership Forum, the Israeli Educational Forum, and scores of other national and international organizations.
Mr. Twombly lives in Indianapolis, Indiana with his wife Susan. The have two sons and three grandsons.
Jerry Twombly, Senior Partner
BGW: Development Group
Jerry Twombly is the Founder and Senior Partner of the BGW| Development Group. He has nearly 40 years of experience in fund-raising development.
Jerry is a graduate of Miami Bible College and Grace Theological Seminary and has spent 38 years in the practice of organizational development. He has founded Development Marketing Associates, Development Testing Services, The Institute for Christian School Development, and the Professional Development and Certification Program. In addition to working with over 3,500 different ministries in all 50 states of the United States, 5 provinces of Canada, and several countries around the world; DMA has provided professional counsel to many multi-national ministries including Campus Crusade for Christ, Feed the Children,Habitat for Humanity International, the Salvation Army, Focus on the Family, Overseas International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (Inter-Varsity). DMA is credited as having raised over $2 billion to assist Christian ministry throughout the world in achieving ministry goals.
Known throughout the world as “the architect of relational development,” Jerry has written several books including the definitive book on relational development titled, Funding Your Vision: New Hope for Non-Profits. Other books include Transforming Culture: The Church at Work in the World; An Organizational Planning Primer; The Ten Step Marketer and the Model to Achieve Your Dreams, The Penetrating Poets (a commentary on the Old Testament Poetical Books), Major Themes of the Minor Prophets (a commentary on the Old Testament Minor Prophets), The Analytical Survey of the Bible, and Hearing from God: The One-Meal Fast Program.
Jerry lives in Indianapolis with his wife Susan. They have two sons and three grandsons.