The Practice of Church Capital Campaigns: Embracing the Process

One of the biggest mistakes church leaders make with capital campaigns is not practicing heightened attentiveness.   Campaigns have the potential to surpass previous giving benchmarks, develop new leaders, re-message the congregational mission, and build a stronger community. Campaigns present opportunities for unity and spiritual growth, but these opportunities are often left behind due to hurriedness, lack of preparation, and neglect. Are you and your fellow leaders thinking about a capital campaign?  If so, make sure you appreciate the campaign process.  Campaigns lead to desired...

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How to ask someone for money while they are on a treadmill

“Most of them are running on a treadmill all the time, and that is why they don’t have time to consider your fundraising or stewardship messages.” This is what I shared with some pastors recently as they were inquiring as to how to get young families more engaged with church giving.  Gen X-ers, in particular, are the most over-burdened, over-scheduled, over-fatigued, over-stressed, and over-fearful generation in the history of the world. They get out of bed in the morning and go.  They don’t stop until the end of the long day, after the work, shuttling kids to and from school and...

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Five Critical Questions in Five Days for Church Stewardship Leaders – #5

This is the fifth and final installment of my series on questions church stewardship leaders should be asking.  Leaders want solutions. They recognize a problem and invite corrective measures for undesirable progress. In recent years, church leadership has operated with the same mindset when dealing with the development of congregational stewardship ministry. Leaders want solutions for the flat giving. They want ideas to change the entire stewardship system. Ideas aren’t always helpful. If a leader lacks the right mental focus or level of commitment, ideas tend to fall into an abyss.  For...

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Five Critical Questions in Five Days for Church Stewardship Leaders – #4

This is the fourth installment of my series on questions church stewardship leaders should be asking.  Leaders want solutions. They recognize a problem and invite corrective measures for undesirable progress. In recent years, church leadership has operated with the same mindset when dealing with the development of congregational stewardship ministry. Leaders want solutions for the flat giving. They want ideas to change the entire stewardship system. Ideas aren’t always helpful. If a leader lacks the right mental focus or level of commitment, ideas tend to fall into an abyss.  For the ideas...

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Five Critical Questions in Five Days for Church Stewardship Leaders – #3

This is the third installment of my series on questions church stewardship leaders should be asking.  Leaders want solutions. They recognize a problem and invite corrective measures for undesirable progress. In recent years, church leadership has operated with the same mindset when dealing with the development of congregational stewardship ministry. Leaders want solutions for the flat giving. They want ideas to change the entire stewardship system. Ideas aren’t always helpful. If a leader lacks the right mental focus or level of commitment, ideas tend to fall into an abyss.  For the ideas to...

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