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St. James Parish

After a do-it-yourself capital campaign raised 31% of annual giving under the previous pastor, the new pastor, Fr. Albers, and new business administrator, Jim Newell, attended a Church-Development workshop on stewardship-based church capital campaigns.

In January of 2009, planning began for a capital campaign which was to be combined with an annual stewardship campaign. The May 2009 commitment Sunday raised funds for debt relief as well as the annual fund.

We raised $1.2 million in three-year pledges for the capital campaign. This equates to raising 98% of annual giving.

What is remarkable is the increase in annual giving that occurred during this campaign

  2008 2009
Number of pledges 369 615 (an increase of 67%)
Amount pledged $1,195,023 $1,516,849 (an increase of 27%

Fr. Albers reports that the campaign also helped generate a warm community spirit in the parish.

St. James Parish
Liberty, Missouri
Fr. Tom Albers, Pastor

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