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Three Key Overlooked Areas When Planning a Church Building Project and Capital Campaign

A church can learn a lot from trends and experiences of other churches.  Often, church building projects and their capital stewardship campaigns are hampered by common problems that were not addressed properly during the initial planning and throughout the process.

  1. Is there a lack of “buy in” for the project?

Churches sometimes do not effectively gauge project support early in the process.  Is there strong support for this project throughout the church? Has the need for the project been communicated effectively so everyone understands? Lack of support is often a sign that the vision has simply not been effectively communicated.

Sometimes there is a lack of understanding in regard to the need for the project because leadership moves too fast or has not provided critical details in a timely manner. Has leadership gotten too far ahead of the process and the message? As a result, the church will not do nearly as well because people have not been properly informed and are not ready to support the project. It’s important to differentiate between lack of project support and lack of project understanding!

Does your church have a sufficient communication roll out plan to not only help your people understand the need but to act on it? It’s imperative to develop a plan that first generates understanding and establishes the need.

  1. Possibly the biggest mistake made by churches is a failure to engage the entire church.

The average internal church capital campaign only reaches 15% to 20% of church families. As a result, the church will not perform nearly as well because most of their households have not been properly engaged and are not prepared to respond. Does your church have a plan to maximize participation? Learn how to think in terms of broader participation.

  1. Has church leadership adequately communicated expectations to church members?

Sadly, there can be incredible support for the project, but expectations have not been communicated adequately to the church members. Members need to know “What will it take to get this done?”. Simply put, many may be open and willing to help but may not even know what you are asking them specifically to do. Connecting the need with a personalized call to action is essential. Without managing expectations, capital campaign giving can be deficient and results lacking. In many members minds, you haven’t helped them understand what level of support is needed to make this dream a reality. Good communication can mean the difference between a person giving a one-time gift of $500 or a 3-year gift of $8,000. Do your people understand what it will take as a church body to accomplish this goal? Learn how to communicate expectations in a way that is thoughtful, thorough, considerate, respectful and promotes individuals to pray and seek the Lord in ways they can give sacrificially to the project.

In Closing

With 25 years of experience, Impact Stewardship’s desire is to help the church put its best foot forward. If Impact can be of help, please contact us for successful strategies that will set you your church up to reach its potential. Impact Stewardship can help you prepare for this season of ministry and ask all of the right questions in advance helping you meet your ministry potential.  Please contact us if we can be of assistance.

Chuck Klein

Chuck Klein is the Principal and Founder of Impact Stewardship Resources, Inc. Having been involved in hundreds of church campaigns over the past 23 years, he has a passion for assisting the local church, helping them strengthen their church generosity and disciple their people in the ways of Biblical stewardship. During this time, he has overseen the company as it has helped raise over $1 billion dollars for ministry and served over 500 churches in over 30 states.