Vision paves the road for a great capital campaign but passion is the fuel for success. I have been telling church leaders for years that vision is what gains dollars for any and everything in the church. Yet without a passion to pursue that vision it will run out of fuel and ultimately die. Are you passionate about the upcoming project and campaign? If you are not excited about it how in the world do you think your people will get excited about it? If they are not excited why would they give? They won’t.
OK, perhaps you are not as excitable as the dude in the picture above. Yet if the reason why you are raising funds doesn’t light a fire within you it will never catch with anyone else. I have seen great visions fail simply because leaders lacked a passion to carry out the vision. I have had pastors fail to excite members over new buildings because of a lack of passion. I have had other pastors raise significant debt reduction dollars, typically one of the hardest “asks,” simply because they were passionate about the need to raise funds.
I focus upon helping churches craft and articulate a clear, concise and compelling vision. Yet one of my greatest challenges is getting pastors and staff passionate about the process leading to raising the funds to fulfill that vision. The best campaign partner with the best strategy is helpless if leaders are not passionate to begin with.
You can’t pretend to have passion. You either have it or you don’t. So don’t try to act like what is not in your heart. If you truly are lacking passion then do what it takes to light a fire of passion within you. How?
Passion is developed from meeting with God. Once as a pastor I made a presentation to our church about some issue. Later my wife asked me if I believed God was in what I was proposing. I asked her why she was asking me. She responded, “Every time you are convinced that something is a God idea you look us in the eye. Tonight you never looked up from your notes.” She had me! I realized that the idea, though a good one, was not something I was convinced was a God one. Some ideas are just good ideas not God ideas. When your vision is a God idea you will naturally have a passion to carry it through.
Is your idea a good idea or a God idea? Now is the time to think, reflect and pray about the direction you are headed in. Now is the time for a meeting with God to get his ideas. Until you are convinced that it is a God idea you should put any project and capital campaign on hold. Don’t waste your bullets on that which you are not convinced of.
Passion is achieved when you understand that projects and campaigns to raise the money for that project is about people not brick and mortar. Buildings don’t raise dollars. Changing lives does! So focus upon what the project and dollars do, provide tools to further help you reach and impact more people for Christ! If you can’t get passionate about this then you need to find another job! Remember this key,
Vision gives direction to a destination God has for us. Passion provides the fuel to arrive successfully at that destination!
Mark Brooks – The Stewardship Coach