We have been guiding congregations through capital campaigns for over 30 years. We’ve learned a lot over the decades and have come to operate under some clear critical theories:
This initial phase of the campaign is for planning and prep. It involves gathering and training the campaign leadership team, establishing a clear and concise case, developing FAQs, mapping out the entire campaign and creating materials and media that will be used. During this phase, your consultant and other LCEF Ministry Support Team members will engage with your campaign leadership team and support the decisions made.
DESIGN AND PREP CAMPAIGN
During these weeks we aim to address and answer every question that may arise in relation to the campaign and its goal. Ordinarily this is done through informational documents, videos, mailings, and forums. The LCEF team works with you to find the most effective ways to communicate with your congregation and quickly answer any questions. By the end of the Inform Phase, your congregation should fully understand the campaign’s case and agree with the ministry expansion.
CAMPAIGN PUBLIC LAUNCH AND INFORMATION PHASE
The heart of the campaign is the Inspire Phase where we lift up the ministry expansion into the larger vision of Christ’s work among us. Often this includes custom sermon and worship series, Bible studies, devotions, prayer services and every member visits. The peak of the Inspire Phase is the Commitment Celebration Sunday (or weekend) where the congregation is invited to declare with one voice, “We are all in!” Personal and financial commitments are made, and your people are invited to celebrate the future God has laid before them.
FOCUS ON CHRIST’S CALL AND COMMITMENT CELEBRATION
Three years of fulfillment begin with “First Gifts” where members begin their regular giving. Throughout these years we design periodic events and sermon series to re-ignite the excitement of the campaign and remind one another what God is doing in our midst.
GIVING BEGINS, CAMPAIGN EVENTS CONTINUE, FINAL CELEBRATION
Lutheran Church Extension Fund is
closed and will reopen on Monday, Nov. 30. We wish you a blessed Thanksgiving!
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