One of the largest and busiest parishes in the Kansas City archdiocese, St. Ann’s parish boasts a thriving 450-student school and a church community with a strong senior citizen backbone, many of whom have been parishioners since the parish was built in the 1960’s. With plans to update the parish that would benefit the old and young, community members of all ages would have to unite in conducting a successful capital campaign - especially since its success would require seven-times annual giving. Coached by Church Development, Fr. Keith Lunsford helped St. Ann’s meet its unprecedented fundraising goals. Read more Success Stories.
Church Development worked hard at tailoring the campaign to our unique needs. Our previous consultants helped us raise 1.1x annual giving. Church Development helped us raise 1.5x annual giving.
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
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 are church capital campaign consultants who 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.
Church Development is set apart from other capital campaign firms: 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. When hiring a fundraising consultant, get exactly what you need and no more. Our comprehensive service is active management all the details. Coaching service provides the confidence of having a professional strategy.
We respect that each family is in a unique place financially and spiritually. Pressuring others to give what we want is not only awkward, it’s ineffective. Interview fundraising consultants from other firms and see that many are unfortunately pressure-based. Our approach to stewardship teaches trust in God’s providence and abundance. 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.
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!