If you’re considering launching a capital campaign to raise money for a new church building or expansion, you will undoubtedly face several challenges. These challenges can either be steps to climb or obstacles to overcome depending on your approach.
At Christian Investors Financial (CIF), we have helped hundreds of churches set realistic goals and then helped them develop a plan to reach—or exceed—those aspirations.
The biggest factor between reaching your goals and stumbling out of the blocks? Implementing a biblical approach to raising money.
Here are four biblical principles—based on 1 Chronicles 28-29 when David raised resources for the temple—that can help your church reach its campaign goals:
1. Clear Vision. The campaign should be based on a clear, compelling vision. This is a foundational step that invariably impacts the rest of the campaign. Miss on this crucial component, and your campaign will likely fail to reach its potential.
In 1 Chronicles 29, King David listened and followed God’s clear vision … this “‘is not for man but for the Lord God’” (1 Chronicles 29:1, NIV).
2. Strong Prayer Focus. Since sacrificial giving is dependent on one’s heart, prayer should be a strong focus throughout the process. Through prayer, our hearts are aligned with God’s will. He ultimately provides the resources for a campaign. He can take “loaves and fishes” and multiply them to meet your church’s ministry needs.
In 1 Chronicles 29:14 (NIV), David prayed, “Everything comes from You, and we have given You only what comes from Your hand.”
3. Leadership Commitment. When we help a church through a capital campaign, we first invite Advance Commitments from ministry leaders. Their example encourages and motivates others to give—and it demonstrates that the financial goal is attainable.
King David and his leaders first committed their contributions to the building of the temple. “The people rejoiced at the willing response of their leaders, for they had given freely and wholeheartedly to the Lord. David the king also rejoiced greatly” (1 Chronicles 29:9, NIV).
Then they invited the “rest of the people” to participate.
4. Wide Participation. A successful campaign is built on wide participation. God uses equal sacrifice rather than equal-sized gifts. When giving sacrificially, we demonstrate obedience and gratitude for all God has given us.
In 2 Corinthians 8:12 (NLT), Paul tells the Corinthians: “Whatever you give is acceptable if you give it eagerly. And give according to what you have, not what you don’t have.”
Raising resources for a new facility or expanding your existing building can be a difficult task. But by following biblical examples and utilizing CIF’s expertise and experience, you can be one step closer to realizing your God-given aspirations!
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