Church Stewardship Campaigns
When it comes to assuring the future growth and success of your church, few activities will yield as significant an impact as a church stewardship campaign, helping the church to take a substantial leap forward in the fulfillment of its mission.
What is a church stewardship campaign?
A church stewardship campaign is an intense effort on the part of a church to raise significant dollars in a short period of time, typically for acquiring, constructing, or renovating a building.
How does a church stewardship campaign differ from any other type of capital campaign?
Let’s face it. Churches are unique. You don’t raise money for a church building campaign like you would for a college, university, hospital, museum, or any other type of non-profit.
A church stewardship campaign is distinct from other capital campaigns in one very important way, and that is that they are based on Christian Stewardship principles. A Church Stewardship Campaign is built upon the foundation of stewardship as a lifestyle; a lifestyle resulting from priorities reflecting the values put forth in God's word. A Church Stewardship Campaign is not about tactics or techniques. Rather, it is a program rooted in Biblical Stewardship principles to lead your constituents through a time of spiritual growth and prayerful consideration of how God would have them respond to the needs and opportunities.
A church stewardship campaign also differs from other types of capital campaigns in that in a Church Stewardship Campaign we are largely looking to a defined constituency for support—i.e. its members and regular attendees. This allows a church stewardship campaign to proceed much more quickly than most other capital campaigns.
How long does it usually take to run a church stewardship campaign?
The pace of your church stewardship campaign will depend primarily on three things: 1) how well your church stewardship campaign activities are planned out, 2) how timely your church stewardship campaign committee members are on following through on their assignments, and 3) your donors’ timing. Some donors will give you a final answer during the same visit that you ask for a gift. Others may require more time in order to pray, consider, and discuss before making a final decision.
In general, most Church Stewardship Campaigns take 4-6 months to complete the planning and the active campaign phases, and up to three years for pledge payments to be fully collected.
What are some common mistakes churches make in conducting a church stewardship campaign?
- Not conducting a Feasibility Study / Congregational Readiness Survey
- Going public too soon
- Not seeing the campaign through to completion
- Making assumptions about giving
Why should we choose to use a capital campaign consultant to provide capital campaign counsel to help us with our church stewardship campaign?
A Church Stewardship Campaign is one of the most significant initiatives your church will undertake. It is a complex undertaking, and is critically important that it be done right. To succeed, a church stewardship campaign must have a very high profile. This means that if it flops, it will be a high-profile flop. You also generally only have one shot at getting it right. There are many ways that a church capital campaign can “go off the rails”, and when it does it can be very difficult to get it back on track.
With so much at stake, most churches wisely choose to retain a Capital Campaign Consulting Firm to help guide their church stewardship campaign through to a successful completion.
What are the benefits of retaining a Capital Campaign Consulting Firm to provide church capital campaign counsel for our church stewardship campaign?
As the saying goes, when you need expertise hire an expert.
At Dickerson, Bakker & Associates, our consultants will work with you to craft a customized church stewardship campaign plan to help your church turn your vision into reality as current and new friends are taught Biblical stewardship principles and are asked to make gifts over and above their current involvement with the ministry.
Whether you are looking to conduct a campaign for new buildings, debt reduction, missions, or any other type of major fundraising campaign, we are experts in providing the counsel and assistance to successfully complete a church capital campaign that will help your church take a substantial leap forward in the fulfillment of its God-given ministry.
Dickerson, Bakker & Associates personnel have extensive experience in guiding churches through successful campaigns. We have helped hundreds of churches just like yours raise hundreds of millions of dollars for their Church Stewardship Campaigns, and would welcome the opportunity to assist your church in meeting its goals.
For more information please call us at (800) 382-0094, or via email at info@Dickerson-Bakker.com.