Expectation #1 – A Spirit of Unity and Individual Spiritual Growth
Of all the things my church ever did, nothing brought us together in a spirit of unity like our capital campaign. A common thread that has run through most of the campaigns in which we have been involved, is how great the spirit in church was during the campaign. Pastor Thomas of the Harvest Church put it this way:
“Not only do we have a congregation full of people on fire with the vision of the Lord burning in their hearts, we exceeded both our first and second goals and are at this time less than $50,000.00 away from our Miracle goal!” – Pastor Thomas
Notice the order! Even though they were very close to hitting their miracle goal, notice that he is first excited over the spirit in the church! Dan Armenta, the capital campaign chairperson of Metrocrest had similar thoughts:
“I believe that if we stopped right now, before we raised the first dollar, we will have had a successful campaign because of the spirit in the church and the spiritual growth of the people.” – Dan Armenta
When people catch the vision and prayerfully submit themselves to the will of the Lord, they become united in spirit. People become united by striving and sacrificing for a common goal.
Expectation #2 – Financial Blessings
In capital campaigns, churches have historically raised between 1 and 3 times their current income in tithes and offerings over the course of a 3-year giving period. While some consultants talk about getting results of 4 times or more, it can usually be attributed to either one very large gift that put a church over the top, or the fact that general giving was very poor and the 4-times giving is more of a condemnation of giving rather than a commendation for the campaign.
The financial results from our capital campaigns match those of historic national averages, our typical church raises approximately 2x the current giving in tithes and offerings. Not only do our church clients raise a considerable amount of money in their campaigns, but we normally see an increase of tithes and offerings of 10-15% as a direct result of the church capital campaign.