The 2 Primary Sources of Funds for Building a Church
There are two primary ways of raise funds to build a church. Because of the high cost of church construction, most churches will need to need to borrow money to build their church. In addition to borrowing the money to build a church, the other primary way of obtaining the funds to build a church is through a church capital campaign.
Raising Funds for Church Building Programs – The Church Capital Campaign
Fundraising for a church building program can take many forms, but the most effective form of raising money for a church building program is a process that we today call the church capital campaign. While the church can, and often does, try other forms of fundraising, such as bake sales, selling chicken or spaghetti dinners, and other events, the amount of money raised in this fashion is a small fraction of what a church will raise in a capital campaign.
The biblical basis for a church capital campaign is well founded. The typical results of a church capital campaign, even in the post 2008 economy, are quite promising. Statistics show that churches that seek (and follow) the help of a professional outside consultant will raise over a 3-year period, on average, two times their current annual income to the operating budget. A church would have to sell a very, very large number of spaghetti or bbq dinners to raise even a portion of what a capital campaign will raise.
In every example in the OT, from the tabernacle to the rebuilding of the temple, when something needed to be built, repaired, or expanded, we see God’s people giving to the work according to the ability God had provided them. The capital campaign is an organized effort to encourage people to seek God’s will in giving an offering above and beyond the person’s current giving, specifically for a capital project.