Like him or not President Trump in a recent speech pointed out that it’s time to repair our infrastructure. Incredibly over 61,000 bridges in America are in need of repair. Try not to think about that the next time you cross a river or bay. What few are talking about is that most of our structures were built in the last century some even at the turn of the last century! Whether the current president was a Republican or a Democrat the reality is we have a lot of wear and tear that needs to be replaced or repaired.
The decline of our infrastructure is also impacting the Church in America. Many of our churches were built in the 1960’s and ‘70’s when the church building boom was at its height. Those buildings, most of which are still in use are in great need of repair. Yet often your members never see the need.
How old is your “new” wing? I once joked with a pastor that he probably had a building that his members referred to as “The New…” yet it was years old He looked shocked and said, “Our “New Fellowship Hall,” is twenty years old!” It was the newest of his buildings and thus still called new. What about in your church?
There is no such thing as the Security of the Building. I will let the Armenians and Calvinists battle it out about the Security of the Believer. However your members in practice DO believe in the security of the building. When you try to raise money for infrastructure they often hesitate to do anything to support that cause.
Infrastructure dollars is one of the hardest dollars to raise. In my industry we used to say that debt was harder to raise but I think that has changed. So, what do you do? Is it possible to raise money for infrastructure needs like this? The answer is yes IF you do it correctly.
First, admit the obvious. Giving money to replace carpet, paint or parking lots does not tug at the heart like drilling wells in Africa. However we must take care of what God has entrusted to us so we have to pay attention to our infrastructure needs.
Next you MUST make a case for the need. This is always true for whatever you are attempting to raise funds for. So, just like the weekly offering help them connect the dots. How is replacing an air conditioner or carpet crucial towards the work and ministry of the church? One of our specialties is in helping churches craft compelling cases for the need they have.
Finally, you need a plan that makes sense before members will give to support your cause. We specialize in plans for various price points that give you the help you need for a fee you can live with. Even if your need is small we can help you raise the funds for that need. Raising money for anything is getting harder and harder. You only get one chance to do it right so make sure you do it right the first time! We can help.
Mark Brooks – The Stewardship Coach