What is the future of capital campaigns? The answer in short, change.
In 1970 Alvin Toffler coined the term Future Shock to mean, “too much change in too little time.” If the 1970’s seemed fast changing, today we are living in even faster changing times. These changes are leading to the decline in giving that is threatening the life of the Church. The church that survives into the future is the church that plans today for tomorrow.
That is the thumbnail description of a workshop entitled, “Future Shock: Future Changes in Giving,” I will be making this summer at The Church Network. The key sentence is the last one. As Toffler said, “Change is not merely necessary to life – it is life.” Change is not something churches do well. I find too few churches that plan ahead. I find few churches that are even thinking about where giving is going in the future.
Sadly few in the stewardship industry are thinking about the changes we are seeing in this 21st century. Too many firms are offering 1980 programs doubling down on what worked in days gone by. The reality is, that was then this is now. We can cry about the good old days all we want but they are never coming back. Our theology need not change but our methodology must change if we are to stay viable into the future. If you are still doing what you have always done with regards to capital campaigns you will not get what you got in the past.
We in the Church need to face the reality that it is not 1980. Society has changed from how we view things to how we do commerce. If you are still doing things the way you did them when you got out of seminary you are headed for trouble.
All is not lost when it comes to holding capital campaigns. You can raise significant money through capital campaigns. We recently helped one of the main campuses of Cross Church, one of the top 50 churches in size, raise $5.3 million dollars. Here is what Campus Pastor Nick Floyd said,
“The Charis Group was an invaluable voice in the life of our church during our recent capital campaign. Their personal advice to myself and our staff was vital as we sought to raise the needed funds for our new building. I highly recommend you consider using The Charis Group to help you build stewardship in your church.”
There is a future shock coming for the church. Remember, the church that survives into the future is the church that plans today for tomorrow. Let’s get started NOW!
Mark Brooks – The Stewardship Coach