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

How Do You Choose A Capital Campaign Consultant?

Michael ErwinCapital Campaign Planning, Resources

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 help you guide the process and keep you on the right path. 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 … Read More

The Art of Asking For Leadership Gifts

Michael ErwinCapital Campaign Planning, Educational

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 your congregation who have been identified as giving at this … Read More

Are All Church Members Equal?

Michael ErwinCapital Campaign Planning

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, or about 10% of your overall campaign goal. However, these … Read More

How Do You Choose A Campaign Consultant?

Michael ErwinCapital Campaign Planning, Resources

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 the most important areas to assess is whether or not … Read More

Are You Ready for a Capital Campaign?

Michael ErwinCapital Campaign Planning, Resources

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 ready to proceed. If you answered “No” to any questions, … Read More

What Happens When We Have Two Campaigns in the Fall?

Michael ErwinCapital Campaign Planning, Educational

As a result of conducting literally hundreds of annual operating and capital campaigns simultaneously for churches over the past fifty years, Church Campaign Services recognizes the following likely outcomes of a well founded and planned dual campaign effort. Year Round Stewardship Churches that experienced the greatest success in any type of financial campaign were ones that emphasized the year round … Read More

How to Create a Culture of Generosity

Michael ErwinCapital Campaign Planning, Educational

Many churches are struggling with the concepts of stewardship and generosity. How do your church members view giving? Do they see it as an opportunity to give abundantly, or do they feel they need to sacrifice to make a difference? You can teach your members to find the joy in giving and living generously. Here are 4 ways to encourage … Read More