Most pastors go into ministry with the vision of teaching God’s Word and loving His people. It can be a tough reality to be immediately faced with lengthy discussions about parking spaces, building capacity, or raising money. And if you went to Seminary, you didn’t take any classes on how to collect an effective offering or run a Church Capital Campaign.
Why Hire A Church Capital Campaign Consultant?
The topic of giving/money in church can be daunting. It almost always brings up negative emotions—not just in you, but the congregation as well. It doesn’t have to be that way. Maybe your church is growing faster than you’ve been able to keep up, and you desperately need funding to hire more staff and to expand available space and equipment. Maybe you’ve been paying off a debt on your building and you need something to supplement the rest of the way to get you to the finish line, allowing you to move on to greater opportunities.
Whatever the reason, it can be daunting to think about raising money for your dreams. But the truth is, while vision always exceeds finances, the finances to support your vision are within your grasp. Many churches weigh the expense of hiring a consultant against just doing it themselves. What typically doesn’t get weighed into that evaluation are things like the following:
Who is going to pick-up the extra work that building and executing a capital campaign will create?
Typically, what we see is this responsibility falls back onto a pastor and/or staff that already has more to do than they can get done.
You don’t know what you don’t know.
This statement sounds redundant, but still you can’t know something you don’t know. When churches ask if they can do this effort on their own, I reply, “You certainly can, but when you want to do something you shouldn’t…you’ll do it anyway. And when you don’t want to do something you should…you still won’t.” It is in those moments that the level of success for a campaign is compromised and in most cases a church would never know.
That's where I and Generis can help! We are committed to capturing the amazing, God-inspired vision you have for your ministry, as well as helping you fund it by engaging the hearts of your givers and creating a culture of generosity that lives beyond any campaign or initiative.
The following is a reference letter a client of mine wrote for me:
All visionary leaders encounter one common problem; more vision than resources. The problem even runs deeper than simply resources, it’s getting past the distrust and disappointments people have or have experienced with church leadership. It is in this environment, we are tasked to solicit partnership towards these future goals. As a result, the outcome often reinforces the already felt frustrations.
For our community, we have overcome these obstacles and are now pressing towards a future with assurance. How? Chris Stovall! Our church community partnered with Chris and Generis in a generosity initiative that has completely changed the way we do ministry in numerous ways. In addition to a brilliant strategy that takes a vision and wraps it into a life-giving message that raised the contributions in our community by 77%, we have discovered numerous other “collateral benefits” through this partnership. 1) Writing a compelling vision narrative. 2) How to communicate a compelling vision from the inside out. 3) How to team build around vision. 4) How to align your vision under a “One Fund” that allows leadership to make decisions on the needs facing the church rather than being managed by individual contributions to a specific project.
Our ministry has experienced a shift in communicating vision and as a result, the increase in generosity is allowing us to move forward at a faster pace.
We would recommend Chris without any reservations and believe your ministry will advance with his partnership. If you’re looking to the future, don’t make plans without including Chris in the conversation.
Pastor Anthony Daley
Senior Pastor - The Tabernacle
I know this is a time that many of you are thinking about doing a capital campaign, generosity initiative or One Fund initiative for your church. Give me a call (404.578.5301) or shoot me an email and let’s talk about how we can help you raise expanded resources to make your vision a reality while growing your culture of generosity.
I submit these articles and ideas to you in order to add value to the work you’re doing in your local church. If you would like to talk about this or other ideas to grow you culture of generosity please email me. Keep me in mind if you’re looking for coaching or a consultant in the area of giving and/or a generosity campaign/initiative. If you don’t already, I would also really appreciate if you would follow me on Twitter at @cstovall16 or on my Generis Facebook page.