That’s a Wrap: 6 Carols for Year-End Stewardship

Michael ErwinEducational, Resources

Snowflakes in the air, carols everywhere, Olden times and ancient rhymes of love and dreams to share   Yes, Christmastime is here, and just a few days more to write the Christmas sermon! Here are five Christmas Carols to keep you mindful of generosity and stewardship during this hectic season. Use these familiar words to “repeat the sounding joy” of … 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

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

5 Questions an Experienced Campaign Consultant Will Ask

Michael ErwinCapital Campaign Planning, Resources

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 more funds. Here 5 questions that experienced campaign consultants will … Read More

The Art of Being a Good Listener

Michael ErwinCapital Campaign Planning, Educational

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 and out the other. The good news is we can … Read More

4 Strategies to Reduce the Summer Giving Lag

Michael ErwinCapital Campaign Planning, Educational

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 visit friends and relatives, and shuttling children to all of … Read More