Effective campaigns build community. A strong community is a giving community. The financial and spiritual success of campaigns are mutually inclusive goals. Campaigns are times of great spiritual opportunity when a community can grow closer and be galvanized around a common purpose. They are times when members can grow in their sense of belonging and ownership of their church's mission and vision. Our campaign teams work with the church leadership and members to build a sense of trust and mutual respect.
Church Development provides expertise and guidance to support you throughout your capital campaign. We follow through to deal with any challenges that surface, celebrate successes, and ensure enthusiasm remains high after the solicitation phase. We provide resources for ongoing stewardship learning for your staff and volunteers. Whatever plans or needs our church partners have, a Church Development stewardship consultant is in it with you to make sure you are not left to figure things out alone.
Each church is different in its character, culture, and goals. Doesn't it make sense to have a capital campaign that is as unique as your church? Church Development campaigns are tailored to each church and are, therefore, more effective than one-size-fits-all campaigns. We work tirelessly to facilitate a process that responds to the realities of your faith community and honors the unique vision God has for your church. We respect and value your identity and build off your strengths to facilitate a successful campaign.
Because we emphasize member involvement in campaigns and teach a spirituality of stewardship throughout, we often see increases in annual giving and volunteerism within twelve months after Commitment Sunday.
Our approach celebrates all the gifts God has bestowed and invites church members to explore how God is calling them to share their gifts. Through prayer, discernment, and community building, our capital campaigns create a culture of generosity in the churches we serve.
Nothing sets Church Development apart from other capital campaign firms more than this: we give you options to select the level of support you need based on your time and financial resources. Our two-tiered pricing structure gives you options to make decisions based on your priorities. Comprehensive service provides active management all your capital campaign details. Coaching service provides the confidence of having a professional strategy while your staff and volunteers to handle the details.
We respect that each family is in a unique place financially and spiritually. Pressuring others to do what we want (or give what we want) is not only awkward, it’s ineffective. It comes from a fear of scarcity. Our approach to stewardship teaches trust in God’s providence and the abundance of blessings already in our lives. We see this as helpful for individuals as well as for the church. For that reason, our asking approach is based on prayer, discernment, and invitation, and never on pressure or fear.
I have retained many capital campaign consultants and only Church Development worked hard at tailoring the campaign to our unique needs.
Cheryl Kohlsteadt Administrator, Pleasant Valley Baptist
For us to raise over 600% of annual giving in our capital campaign, in the face of an economic crisis, was truly astounding. Thank you for the help!
Fr. Charles Rowe Pastor, Twelve Apostles Catholic Church
We've written up all our best-practices and put them into an e-book. This is a great place to dig in to the details of what it really takes to pull off a capital campaign from consideration stage, to feasibility study, to campaign follow-up. Enjoy!