“Why do we need to spend money to raise money,” is one of the most often asked questions church leaders face when contemplating hiring a stewardship firm. It is a fair question that must be answered. My answer falls into two categories, pastoral and practical.
Pastors know they need help to hold a successful capital campaign. As I always say, “They didn’t teach us this stuff in seminary.” My studies of the Greek language did not prepare me for the complexities of raising funds. Anyone can take up Sunday’s offering. Yet when you are holding a capital campaign the stakes are higher. The amount you desire to raise is definitely higher. You only get one chance to get it right.
I seldom if ever have to convince a pastor that they need help when it comes to their capital campaign. They are already buried by the tyranny of the urgent. Now on top of everything else they have to do comes a capital campaign. Having a coach to help guide you through the complexities of a campaign relieves much of the pressure. The best athletes have coaches so why would you not get a coach to guide you to a successful capital campaign?
Practically those churches that use outside help ALWAYS raise more than churches that go it alone. I could line up pastor after pastor who will tell you this. Whatever fee you pay a firm will more than be made up by the success they bring to your capital campaign. It simply makes practical sense. When it comes to campaigns the old saying, “you have to spend money to make money,” is true. You will raise more money with help than if you do it yourself.
The cost of a stewardship partner is the number one push back churches have over engaging a firm. It is why at The Charis Group we never let our fee get in the way of forging a partnership with a church. We are the leaders in our industry of breaking out the elements of a campaign so that a church gets the help they need for a price they are happy with.
Some churches need more help than others but all churches need help. So why would we charge a one size fits all price? We don’t and you shouldn’t be forced into our mold. We customize every campaign AND provide a pricing plan to match it. Tell us what your budget is and we will devise a plan for that budget that will give you the help you need.
The bottom line is…
Spending money on a stewardship partner WILL help you raise more money!
Don’t let money hold you back from getting a qualified professional to help you navigate the complexity of your next capital campaign. Call The Charis Group today!
Mark Brooks – The Stewardship Coach