If you want to have a successful capital stewardship campaign you have to think about giving 24/7/365! One of the biggest mistakes that pastors and Christian leaders make is they only think about giving when it comes time to hold a capital campaign. If you do that you will fail to raise what you should. Stewardship is a year round effort that takes thought, time and most of all prayer!
I started in the stewardship field working for a firm that did one thing and only one thing, capital campaigns. The number one reason I left that firm was due to the fact that I knew the times had changed and we were stuck in the past. I knew that churches like yours needed more help than a simple program. The truth of the matter is that most firms sell you a program and then print your name on the top.
The work you do today on increasing giving and givers will show up in any future capital campaign that you hold. Frequently when I am at conferences pastors and church staff tell me they have no need to raise funds. I know they think we are only a capital campaign company. They think when I ask them about raising funds that I am only interested in capital campaigns. My interest is there as perhaps yours is since you are here. However I long ago realized that to raise the funds for any project you have you need a solid base to build upon. Working to increase your giving today will pay off tomorrow.
Do you have a consistent stewardship plan that you use that is helping you increase giving at your church? Do you know how to see an increase in the number of people that give to your church? Who helps you with giving strategies? I tell churches all the time that to increase giving they need a plan and they have to work their plan. Do you have a plan that is working for you? If you are declining in giving and givers you will struggle to raise the amount of funds you need for any future capital campaign.
The Stewardship Coach is my personalized approach to helping churches increase regular giving and givers. I have a monthly plan where I teach giving helps and provide sample letters, offering talks and various other help to see a church meet and exceed their budget. My life goal is to reverse the decline in giving, one church at a time!
To find out more go to my Stewardship Coach website at http://thestewardshipcoach.org/join-now/
The work you do today on increasing givers and giving will impact greatly any future capital campaign you are thinking about! I can help you with both!
Mark Brooks – The Stewardship Coach
President – The Charis Group and Charis Giving Solutions