Feasibility Studies Save You Headaches and Avert Failure

“There was no feasibility study to make sure people were in favor of the project and willing to give.” Glenn and Barbara Holliman have an excellent little book about capital funding in churches. With Generous Hearts is well worth your time to read before considering a campaign. I was struck…

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The Art of Asking For Leadership Gifts

Leadership Gifts are crucial to the success of most church capital campaigns. That’s because 60-70% of your gifts will come from 20% of the people. Leadership Gifts are typically considered gifts that are $10,000 or above and pledged over three years. What’s the best way to approach the members of…

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Are All Church Members Equal?

When it comes to developing a successful church capital campaign, the answer is “No.” Think of your church congregation like a pyramid. The bottom level of the pyramid is made up of the largest percentage of your members who will provide you with the majority of your smaller level donations,…

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How Do You Choose A Campaign Consultant?

You’re ready to get started planning and implementing your church’s capital campaign. That means it’s also time to consider having a campaign specialist assist you. There are several key areas you should assess to be sure the consultant is the right fit for your congregation. Talking the Talk: One of…

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Are You Ready for a Capital Campaign?

As your church prepares to conduct a capital campaign, you need to be sure you’re asking the right questions. Simply answer the 8 quick questions in the Are You Ready? questionnaire to determine if your church is prepared to move forward. If you answered “Yes” to all 8 questions, then your church is…

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5 Questions an Experienced Campaign Consultant Will Ask

Many churches make errors during the capital campaign planning phase or lose their momentum once the initial campaign launch is over. An experienced campaign consultant will avoid these pitfalls and help guide the campaign from start to finish. Churches who incorporate a professional consultant also experience greater success and raise…

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The Art of Being a Good Listener

Did you ever have a teacher tell you to “put your listening ears on?” The fact of the matter is that most of us aren’t good listeners. Studies have shown that the average person listens at only about 25% efficiency. We let a lot of information go in one ear…

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4 Strategies to Reduce the Summer Giving Lag

Posted on June 17, 2014 Summer is a busy time. It’s also an active time for many churches. You may have vacation Bible school, summer camps, and other summer programs planned. On top of that, church members can have hectic schedules over the summer months. There are vacations, weekend trips to…

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