WHY questions versus HOW questions

WHY questions versus HOW questions

How do I know we are ready for a Capital Campaign? It’s a fundamental question often asked.  The answer is arrived at by listening well.   By listening, I mean listening to the conversations that are swirling around the proposed project… listening to the nature...
Connecting Virtually

Connecting Virtually

Q: What do the printing press and Zoom have in common?          A: They both transformed the way culture communicates! Zooming (or whatever platform you prefer) is here for the long haul. So, how do we do it well and graciously? Just like in-person hospitality, there...
Stewardship & Stories

Stewardship & Stories

You are probably thinking about the approach for your annual stewardship appeal (if not, it’s time to start!). As you make your plans, don’t forget about the “power of story” when it comes to engaging contributors. Every day we make decisions because we hear a story...
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...