Regardless of how long you’ve been in ministry, 2020 has been the most challenging church year of your life. You could probably write your own blog titled “I didn’t go to seminary for that…” or “running church during a global pandemic 101”.
Yet in the middle of this pandemic, the great commission didn’t take a break. Ministry needs did not end. Vision and long-term planning did not take a vacation. Plan B (and Plan C) became a necessity. Flexibility became the new normal.
Many churches have incredible opportunities in front of them, but they can’t afford to delay. They have projects that just can’t wait. Some are due to unforeseen circumstances. Countless churches have lost their temporary home because they were located in schools and movie theaters that closed indefinitely due to COVID. Also, some churches see a need to eliminate excessive debt in order to decrease their operating budget. Land acquisition has been popular because a desirable piece of property doesn’t stay available forever and an offer needs to be made to secure long term ministry possibilities.
Churches are taking up that challenge and being proactive rather than reactive. Delaying these plans can create a loss of momentum or represent an opportunity lost for years to come.
In our 20 years of church work, there have always been challenges and roadblock to ministry. During the recession over a decade ago, people were still giving significantly and sacrificially to vision and mission. Let this encourage you if you have upcoming capital needs. Most churches do not realize their true over and above giving potential. When times may be challenging this is when ministry needs are easier to communicate. The funds can be raised but the approach must look different because the times dictate it.
Churches needing funding by next spring are beginning to plan now. Being proactive and flexible, your church can still continue to plan for the future. If you are considering a church capital campaign in the upcoming months, Impact Stewardship can help you determine the best practices for reaching your people, communicating vision and engaging your church even during COVID.
Contact us and we can help you work through the process and consider your options.