The kind of pastor you are determines what you will raise. Let me illustrate with a few real life examples. Recently I sat down with Pastor Shane Bishop of Christ Church the third fastest growing UMC church in America. Christ Church now runs over 2,000 and regularly baptizes more adult converts than any other Methodist church. They just completed a successful capital campaign. The key to that success was Shane Bishop.
At the start of the process he basically said to me, “Tell me what to do.” Then amazingly he went to work! He met with as many people as he possibly could. That is saying a lot for a church with multiple campuses and over 2,000 in weekly attendance. He did all that AND kept to his regular schedule. What resulted was Christ Church’s best capital campaign ever.
A few weeks ago I met a lay staff member of one of the largest churches in the country at The Church Network Conference. I have worked with this church on two campaigns. The last campaign was marginally successful. I remember the first planning day when we were laying out all that needed to be done. The Senior Pastor excused himself for a bit and I looked at his executive staff and asked, “Will he hold the meetings we are talking about as being crucial for success. He didn’t last time but will he this time?” They shrugged their shoulders. The bottom line is that he was too busy for the campaign and thus they never really maximized their potential. As I talked to the lay staff person he reminded me of how his pastor keeps dropping the ball and thus keeping the church from true financial success.
You will live for two to three years on the work you do in the three months leading up to the commitment weekend. If you are too busy to meet with the key people in your church who can make a difference to your campaign you will not raise the needed funds. It is just that simple. Do the work and reap the rewards.
The best campaign company and the best campaign consultant cannot make up for a pastor who will not put in the time. So while I would love to partner with your church do us both a favor. If you are too busy to return my email, or call and too busy to meet with your leaders go find another firm.
We work best with those that give the campaign their best!
Mark Brooks – The Stewardship Coach
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