5 Benefits of Capital Campaign Success

Michael ErwinCapital Campaign Planning

No doubt about it: managing an effective capital campaign takes planning and organization. So what are the benefits? People will work very intensely during the campaign. Undertaking a campaign will be a major congregational activity for a period of months. Church leaders will devote even more time than that to the campaign. Consider, however, the benefits of anticipated success. People … Read More

Where does the money come from?

Michael ErwinCapital Campaign Planning, Educational

Money. One of the major challenges that churches face is setting a sustainable funding strategy. When it comes to church finances, leaders often take a “seat of the pants” approach each fiscal year with small regard for tomorrow. Too, they may not understand the funding sources available to the church, or how those sources can hurt or hinder faith development … Read More

Feasibility Studies Save You Headaches and Avert Failure

Michael ErwinCapital Campaign Planning

“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 by their introduction. There, they spell out everything they did … Read More

Raising Major Funds in a Church is Different

Michael ErwinCapital Campaign Planning

A church is not a hospital or school. Of course, Jesus is the Great Healer. And many times the gospels call him Teacher. But metaphors aside, there are differences between raising money in a non-church setting and raising money in a congregation. While a church is a non-profit in the U.S., it is nothing like any other non-profit. It is … Read More

New Year: Ask Your Church This One Simple Question

Michael ErwinCapital Campaign Planning, Educational

The sanctuary always seems a bit bare in the new year. The Christmas greenery has been taken down and stowed away. The Advent Wreath is gone, the Christmas banners have been taken down. After all the celebration of Advent and Christmas, the sanctuary seems bare. Like a newborn baby. Or, a clean slate. It’s over. The joy, the activity, the … Read More

6 Signs Your Congregation is Financially Healthy

Michael ErwinCapital Campaign Planning, Resources

Stewardship is the way we use our God-given gifts  – talent, time, and treasure – to carry on Christ’s work in the world. We are his disciples. As part of stewardship, it’s important to understand the financial health of your church. The decisions you make about money are part of stewardship and discipleship. Here are 6 signs that indicate a church … Read More

FREE Webinar: Choosing an Annual Pledge Campaign Format

Michael ErwinCapital Campaign Planning, Educational, Resources

You are cordially invited to a free educational webinar on Tuesday, April 19th at 3pm, provided by Coaching for Generosity. An effective annual pledge campaign will encourage greater stewardship and generosity in your congregation. Rev. Michael Erwin will demystify the broad types of campaign formats and help you decide which is right for your church.   Registration is free and there will … Read More