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3/19/19 7:02 AM

6 Hidden Costs of a DIY Church Capital Campaign

The sticker shock of professional church capital campaign consulting proposals can be paralyzing. Often times the church leaders' response is to move forward with a capital campaign without assistance - we call this the do-it-yourself, or DIY campaign. Self-run campaigns can be enticing on the surface because it seems that the church can save upwards of six figures on consulting fees. However, this thinking is short sighted and can cost the church greatly in multiple domains. Here we lay out the hidden costs of a DIY church capital campaign. 

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2/7/19 4:11 PM

You Need Volunteers in a Church Capital Campaign

We believe in involving everyone at your church in your capital campaign. While we'd love to take credit for the idea, we're just doing what the research tells us. Engagement is consistently highly correlated with life satisfaction, evangelistic communities, and participation in financial giving. Our previous success and the latest research has proven that our process-oriented strategy works. When organizing a church capital campaign our method to provide volunteer opportunities for everyone to get involved in the church’s mission. Read on to see how we do it.

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1/28/19 12:39 PM

Church Capital Campaign Communications 101

Just as important as the purpose of your capital campaign is the methodical communication your vision. This is one of the tasks in which you need to put on your business cap and start thinking about your project like a communications professional would. The key word: marketing.

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1/17/19 8:16 AM

Church Member Engagement: Research Says

I've been doing research on stewardship for a long time and one of the great resources that I've come across is the Gallup ME25, which supports one of my assumptions - that an engaged congregant is much more likely to invite a person to visit church. The keys to engagement are: involvement in decision making, connecting socially, and engagement as a volunteer. Watch my video below to hear more about that.

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12/4/18 4:26 PM

Sample Church Capital Campaign Calendar Plan

Below is a sample timeline for organizing your capital campaign activities. Our capital campaign process is tailored for each individual church to best fit the needs of the culture of your community. We don't believe in one-size fits all campaigns but instead work with your leadership team to make sure the components of the campaign are timed well to be received by the volunteers and congregation. 

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10/31/18 12:21 PM

Church Capital Campaign Pledge Card Samples

As you are getting started with a church capital campaign, it may seem like a simple task to create a pledge card, but there are many considerations and variations with the information you collect and the language of invitation to include that make a difference in your giving results. Here are some samples that we are proud of and some reasons why we chose to craft the pledge cards as they are. 

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10/25/18 12:58 PM

How to Ask for a Large Donation

At some point, every pastor has to learn how to ask for a large donation. It's difficult to approach a member to ask for money. We make this intimidating experience easier with some tips. Learn how to deliver your pitch without offending your friends or getting kicked in the shins!

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9/4/18 4:21 PM

28 Interview Questions for a Fundraising Consultant

You've identified that your church is in need of a capital campaign. And you've realized how much work it would be to pull that off on your own. So you're looking at firms to consider hiring. Below is a selection of questions to help guide your request for proposal and interview process when deciding upon a fundraising firm.

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7/12/18 10:01 AM

20 Church Capital Campaign Slogans & Logos

Communication is a huge part of running a successful church capital campaign. You may have the most beautiful mission and vision for your parish, but if no one knows what that vision is, you'll fall flat on your face trying to raise funds to support it. In our church capital campaign communication guide, we lay out a branding plan that aims to educate the community on the value of the campaign - developing a theme, slogan and logo is a part of that process. Here are 20 slogans and their logos that our clients have created to inspire and communicate what they were hoping to accomplish with their capital campaign building projects. I hope what you find below gets your creative juices pumping!

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7/6/18 12:00 PM

4 Steps When Getting Started with a Church Capital Campaign

We do capital campaigns, but those represent only one aspect of successful church strategic planning. There is a whole process to growing your church and getting ready for a big fundraising project. We advocate embracing these 4 strategies when getting started with a church capital campaign.

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5/15/18 2:15 PM

The 7 Steps of Stewardship-based Church Capital Campaign

Not all capital campaigns are created equal. When working in the church, it takes a different approach from the secular world and a spiritual understanding of the effort. As you are getting started with a church capital campaign, follow the steps below and you're on the track to be successful.

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3/6/18 9:18 AM

What Is Stewardship?

Whenever I hold a workshop, one of the points I often make is that stewardship is not fundraising. Fundraising is asking for a donation, a secular approach, whereas stewardship is the spiritual way. In stewardship, we facilitate the discovery of God’s blessings and the prayerful development of how to share those blessings.

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2/6/18 8:39 AM

How Many People Skip Volunteering?

With the correlation between volunteerism and generosity, Church Development looks at just how many people are offering up their time.

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1/2/18 3:44 PM

Church Giving and the New Tax Law: Your Stewardship Might Take a Hit

The new tax law passed by Congress and signed by the president in December may affect church donations.

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