“For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it?“ (Luke 14:28).
Where I live, someone once described winter as “bleak, white and featureless.” Right now, I would agree—but I know that soon, Spring will burst forth in myriad shades of green, with leaves growing on trees and flowers exploding in a rainbow of colors. I’m looking forward to that with anticipation!
In our churches, the process of getting ready for growth is the same. Mostly beneath the surface—where it’s not yet clearly visible—things are going on, necessary things in preparation for growth, development and change. Discussions are taking place about space needs, plans are being drawn, cost estimates are being developed and funds are being gathered in anticipation of an eventual day of groundbreaking.
Before they get to groundbreaking, however, most churches we work with need a capital campaign to help raise funds for their project.
We recently worked with a church in the South that wanted to build their first campus, and they needed both a campaign and a loan to cover their costs.
We had a church in the Midwest that just finished their third successful campaign and was working on the third phase of building, completing the master plan for their site.
There’s a church nearby that was looking to raise funds to relocate from an old and tired 100+ year old building, and another that was finishing up remodeling and using leftover campaign funds to reduce their mortgage balance.
The sizes and types of churches—and projects—that our Campaigns & Consulting ministry works with is as varied as the spring vegetation I mentioned above: big, small, new, fixing up old, rural, urban, suburban and so on.
But they all have one thing in common. They count the cost before they start, and most often, that counting the cost highlights the need for a church capital campaign.
What vision is your church looking to pursue? A first building? An expansion of some sort? A satellite campus? Perhaps refurbishing an older building that’s still serviceable?
Or perhaps you are looking to reduce debt so that additional funds can be made available for local or global outreach.
CIF comes alongside your church, providing expertise, coaching and accountability using a thoroughly biblical process that is designed to meet your church’s unique needs.
As you think and plan for the next steps God has in mind for your church, we’d love to be part of your team and process.
Contact us and let’s see how we can help you!
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