A New Normal Opportunity

A New Normal Opportunity

If it’s been a long time (or perhaps never) since you had a “functioning” Stewardship Ministry Team, now is the time to recruit and train a group of individuals to serve. As we continue navigating our way out of the pandemic, we are entering a space we are calling the...
PHASE 3 – FUNDING THE VISION

PHASE 3 – FUNDING THE VISION

In this third and final post describing the 10 Steps In The Capital Campaign Process, we introduce Phase 3 (Steps 6 – 10). To read about Phase 1 Click Here & Phase 2 Click Here. Conduct the Capital Campaign (Step 6) Assuming your capital campaign is for...
PHASE 2 – ASSESSING THE VISION

PHASE 2 – ASSESSING THE VISION

In our last post, we introduced Phase 1 (Steps 1, 2, & 3). Click Here to read the first post. Phase 2 (Steps 4 & 5) has to do with Assessing the Vision cast in Phase 1. Assessing the Vision (Step 4) is all about creating awareness, understanding, and interest....
Is there a Capital Campaign in Your Future?

Is there a Capital Campaign in Your Future?

Capital campaigns used to be only for “brick & mortar” projects. That has changed. Capital campaigns are funding opportunities for a multitude of visions…seed money for staffing; endowment; a mission project; equipment; and the list goes on. Anytime your vision...
Visioning Conversations – Planning Our Future

Visioning Conversations – Planning Our Future

As we begin to see the “light at the end” of this pandemic tunnel, many are expressing their longing to “get back to normal” (what was) as others are asking important questions concerning what a new reality might look like. And as with most things, our experience will...
Its Spring Time!

Its Spring Time!

In my back yard, the tulips have opened up, the trees are beginning to unfurl their leaves, and the lilac buds are hinting of their soon-to-be fragrance. The presence of new life around me is a perfect antidote for my spirits, especially when I find myself dwelling on...
It’s Not Too Early

It’s Not Too Early

…to begin planning for your fall Annual Appeal! If you are a congregation or nonprofit that traditionally conducts a fall Annual Appeal, now is the time to begin preparing for it. The planning process can be tricky, for sure, particularly during this liminal space...
Staying Connected

Staying Connected

This week I will meet with a local congregation as we wrap up a successful capital campaign. During the campaign, we had good success enlisting the help of 30 volunteers who picked up the phone and engaged their fellow members. The phone calls were not solicitation...
Holy Week & Easter

Holy Week & Easter

After a year filled with uncertainty, let us celebrate the one thing that never changes God’s love for you!        Have a Blessed Holy Week & Easter    John V. Clark, President/Partner The James Company (815) 353-8997 Email:...
Resilience

Resilience

I have noticed throughout the pandemic that one word consistently comes up in conversations, social media posts, newsletters, sermons, school billboards, etc. The word is resilience. The word has captured my attention and made me think about what it means for me. What...