How we do prayer-based capital campaigns

After praying, developing a long-range plan, defining the vision, securing a financial forecast and a master plan, and completing a feasibility study, your church is now ready for a Church Development capital campaign. The following seven steps guide our capital campaigns. For a full outline of what each of these entails, check out this blog post.

1. Organize and Train Campaign Volunteers

2. Communicate the Vision

3. Build Community and Cultivate Stewards

4. Pray and Discern

5. Solicit Contributions

6. Thank Contributors and Celebrate Success

7. Follow Up for 3-Year Pledge Period

 

Comprehensive Campaign Management

Let us do the heavy lifting.

For churches wanting full service campaign consulting, planning and management from a church capital campaign professional. For decades this has been our most popular capital campaign management service. We know you have a busy ministry to run, so with our comprehensive service, we take care of every detail and manage each aspect of your campaign so that you can focus most of your time on what you do best - spreading the Good News.

Church Development supports you with this service by:

  • Developing a campaign training manual for each volunteer and staff person.
  • Assembling a detailed campaign calendar to illustrate the campaign process and provide benchmarks and deadlines for the campaign leadership and volunteers.
  • Providing support in recruiting volunteers to serve on the six working campaign teams (Prayer, Events, Thanks, Youth/Children, Ambassadors, and Communications).
  • Conducting a Volunteer Organization meeting to “kick off” the campaign.
  • Training all team leaders, outlining specific objectives for each of the campaign teams and providing ongoing assistance and support.
  • Leading the five Management Team meetings (see below for definition) and four Steering Committee meetings (see below for definition).
  • Providing stewardship education throughout the campaign via member testimonies and printed materials.
  • Maintaining at least weekly contact with the pastor, campaign chairpersons, and team leaders.
  • Serving as the chief liaison to all campaign teams.
  • Customizing all campaign letters for the pastor and volunteer chairperson, including all solicitation letters.
  • Creating agendas for all Management Team and Steering Committee meetings.
  • Attending team meetings as needed to offer counsel and guidance.
  • Serving as the facilitator at the first informational event to help train volunteers.
  • Developing an agenda for informational events.
  • Training and coaching campaign volunteers in campaign service roles.
  • Providing tailored design and content for communication materials.
  • Developing a tailored major donor effort.
  • Providing guidance and recommendations for the production and distribution of a campaign video (actual video production not included).
  • Recommending donor recognition possibilities, prayer events, activities and cultivation methods.
  • Training a follow-up team to oversee the three years of pledge fulfillment and use of The Stewardship System, subscription included at no extra charge.

The Management Team is made up of the senior pastor, church administrator, campaign chair, two lay leaders and consultant. The purpose of this team is to help tailor the campaign for the specific needs of the church with consultant guidance and management.

The Steering Committee is made up of all team leaders, Management Team plus additional lay leaders depending on size of the church. The purpose of this team is to be the main decision making body of the campaign e.g., approves campaign prayer, decides how donors will be thanked and sets the financial goal for the campaign.

Coaching Campaign

You can do the work, but you need some guidance.

For churches wanting a professional guide to provide consulting assistance with their capital campaign. We will provide a campaign strategy and leadership coach, and your staff, volunteers, and graphic design team will do the work. Our guidance will lead you in the right direction to grow stewardship and raise needed funds for your church's unique ministry vision while saving on campaign expenditure.

Church Development supports you with this service by:

  • Providing campaign training and manuals for each volunteer.
  • Assembling a campaign calendar to illustrate the campaign process.
  • Conducting a Volunteer Organization Meeting to “kick off” the campaign.
  • Training all team leaders and providing phone/e-mail support throughout campaign.
  • Leading the five Management Team meetings and the three Steering Committee meetings.
  • Providing templates of all publications with sample writing and stock designs ready for modification by your church team.
  • Creating agendas for Management Team and Steering Committee meetings.
  • Serving as the facilitator at the first informational event to help train volunteers.
  • Developing an agenda for the first informational event.
  • Recommending donor recognition possibilities, prayer events, activities and cultivation methods.
  • Training a follow-up team to oversee the three years of pledge fulfillment and use of The Stewardship System, subscription included at no extra charge.

 

Sample Capital Campaign Video

Our friends at Holy Trinity

 

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