Rethinking the church capital campaign

church capital campaign

For a good chunk of my life, the idea of a new church building made me nervous. New church buildings tend to be expensive, and they often sit empty for most of the week. I adhere pretty closely to the “churches are people, not buildings” philosophy; I’d rather be a part of a beautiful church than to meet in a beautiful church building.

Church capital campaign efforts made me uneasy, too. Building campaigns felt like exercises in guilt-mongering and arm-twisting, and some of the “GOD DESERVES A BEAUTIFUL, ORNATE HOME!” approaches felt forced at best (and unbiblical at worst). It seemed icky to devote all of that time, effort, and money to just having a better-looking and more comfortable place to meet on Sunday morning.

God has a sense of humor, of course, and He’s not interested in my comfort. So naturally—even with all of my skepticism and baggage—I was invited to join the leadership team for my church’s “Putting Down Roots” church capital campaign. That experience totally changed my perception of what a church capital campaign is (or more accurately, what a church capital campaign can be).

Here’s what I learned: Church buildings don’t have to sit empty all week; they can be used as a wonderful tool for outreach. They don’t have to be ornate and outrageously expensive; they can be functional and efficient. Finally, a church capital campaign can be less about arm-twisting and more about inviting people to join something that will impact God’s kingdom for generations to come.

If you’d like to learn more about my work with the “Putting Down Roots” church capital campaign, click here.  Or if you’d like to contact me about working with your church capital campaign, click here.

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