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Laurel Christensen serves as the Area Director for Mission Increase West Michigan.  After graduating from Trinity Western University with a degree in History, Laurel went to work in the corporate world in human resources and then started a family.  She went on to complete her teacher certification at Calvin College and taught high school for 10 years at the Potter’s House Christian School in Grand Rapids. While teaching, Laurel earned a master’s degree in education from Grand Valley State University.  She continued her work in education by serving as the Director of School Development for the StreetSchool Network™and later joined the Sagamore Institute.  Laurel was born and raised in West Michigan and is honored to serve God by equipping ministries with the skills to carry out their mission.
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Mission Increase (MI) West Michigan is a community of Christian ministries working to implement a biblical approach to fundraising to grow and more fully-achieve their God-given missions. What do we want FOR West Michigan as a result? An “overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.” (2 Corinthians 9:12-NIV)

Funded by givers from this community, MI West Michigan is able to offer teaching, coaching, and consulting, and even matching grants, all at no cost to ministries. Together, givers and ministries are leveraging God’s resources to transform our communities. We invite you to join us!

Laurel Christensen • West Michigan Area Director



Major Gifts Lifecycle

Preparation, Discernment, and Follow-up

 February 28, 2018

Hosts: Tara Anderson (Orange County Area Director), Andy Weigel (Inland Valleys Local Advisory Board Chair), Trent Combs (Vice President of Field Operations)



Your Champion-led Acquisition Strategy

April 12   Zeeland
April 18   Grand Rapids

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