Welcome to TNT Tips! This blog is produced by Bob Mac Leod, a missionary serving with Campus Crusade for Christ in Orlando, Florida. (Campus Crusade’s U.S. Ministry is known as “Cru”.)
Troy Wolbrink served on Campus Crusade staff for 20 years, and in his own efforts to manage his personal support, he built TntMPD. “MPD” is Cru’s internal acronym for the support development process (that is, “Ministry Partner Development”). The software’s original, but cryptic name comes from him and his wife’s initials and this acronym: “Troy and Tammy’s MPD program”, since he originally created it just for their own needs. Now it is used by more than 12,000 missionaries in 500 ministries worldwide.
Bob Mac Leod has served in finance and operations with Campus Crusade for almost 25 years. Rolling out financial system after financial system to Cru missionaries naturally involved teaching Cru staff members how to use those tools, and that’s how Bob first got involved in training. When he started using TntConnect for his own personal support development in 2002 (then called TntMPD), it was a natural thing to teach others how to excel with TNT also.
TntConnect was so easy to use for missionaries because it was built around tried-and-true support development principles. But Bob also found that many users were not taking advantage of the treasure trove of features. When he found there was almost no documentation at all for this fairly new product, he started developing his own training materials to train others. These eventually morphed into the comprehensive online help tools for TntConnect and its companion products for mission agencies.
After Troy left Cru staff so he could focus his full attention on TNT, the tool was renamed TntConnect to reflect that it is not a Cru-centric product. Bob continues to support TntConnect users as a volunteer, through the help forums and now this blog.
TntConnect is produced by TntWare and has no connection to Campus Crusade for Christ, although half of the users in 2015 were CCC staff members around the world.