February 2016
You're ready to start planning a capital campaign for your church. But, where do you start? First, you should involve your church leadership in the planning process. Then, it's time to consider reaching out to a professional campaign consultant to help guide you on the path to success.
In this issue, learn more about how to approach the capital campaign process. We also give you some tips on how to choose a capital campaign consultant.

How To Prepare For Your Church's Stewardship Campaign

So you think you want to have a stewardship campaign at your church? You've been talking about all those projects that need to be addressed for some time... the outdated kitchen, the entrance that doesn't say welcome to folks, untold maintenance issues... and the list goes on and on.
The church leadership should:
  • Make a list of all the things you think you would like to accomplish.
  • Get a ballpark estimate of the cost of each.
  • Share the information with the congregation and ask for their ideas.
  • Make no specific campaign goals or plans yet.
Then, you should contact Church Campaign Services (CCS) and have a discussion about the services we can provide. The most important part of any campaign is the necessary preparation to see that it is successful in its efforts. Your consultant will come to visit your church and interview a number of members to actually find out what they're interested in and how they might support the venture. There's a saying, "It's easy to give away someone else's money." Believe me, church leadership often is way off target on how much, and who, will support their efforts. So, we can help with our readiness and feasibility study to determine the level of support for the projects and help establish a reasonable goal that can be raised.
Once that has been done and the report given back to the Session, the church leadership needs to select a campaign chair(s) to lead the effort. The campaign leadership must reflect influence and affluence. The influence helps secure the right people to serve on the campaign committee, while the affluence of leadership sends a message of just how important this campaign is.
Your consultant will help identify those who may have the ability to make a significant leadership gift and train those who will be a part of the process. The consultant will be with you during the entire campaign process and can provide much support from the experiences they have seen with the many churches CCS has helped. 

Raising money is hard work, which requires planning and prayer. Once you have completed the steps outlined here, then...  Get ready, get set, and go forward.
By Fred Pyle, Church Campaign Services consultant

How Do You Choose A Capital Campaign Consultant?

You're ready to get started on your church's capital campaign. It can be beneficial to enlist a campaign specialist to guide the process and keep you on the right path. Learn more in our blog: "How Do You Choose A Capital Campaign Consultant?"

To talk more more about planning for a successful church capital campaign,  please call Church Campaign Services at 
888.558.6873 or  email us today.

Yours in Christ,

Bob Kukla
Church Campaign Services

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