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What Our Clients Say: Testimonials

Pastor Cynthia Anderson
Batavia United Methodist Church, Batavia Illinois

Rev. Brad Stagg, Senior Minister
First Christian Church, Columbia, Missouri

"Our capital campaign has actually had a revitalizing effect on our congregation.  I have seen many good, healthy connections - between the pastors, leaders and members - connections that enable us to move forward in unity as we follow the leadership of the Holy Spirit.  It is refreshing to take part in a Christ-centered effort to which so many people are contributing through diligent prayer and personal effort. Church Development provided us with excellent campaign management, and their consistent communication and attention to every detail made this process easy on our staff."

Brad Buescher, Associate Pastor
Lighthouse Presbyterian Church, Paola, Kansas

Kirk Johnston, Senior Pastor
Lighthouse Presbyterian Church, Paola, Kansas

Dr.Tom Kinnan, Pastor
Break Pointe Community Church, Overland Park, Kansas

Jeff Meyers, Pastor
Christ Lutheran Church, Overland Park, Kansas City

"Through our capital campaign, church members’ lives were transformed. Now, our annual giving, volunteerism and attendance have all increased."

Pastor Dan Dolquist
Grace Presbyterian Church, Centennial,Colorado

Fr. Don Farnan, Pastor
St. Thomas More Church, Kansas City, Missouri

"I have retained many capital campaign consultants and only Church-Development worked hard at tailoring the campaign to our unique needs." 

Cheryl Kohlsteadt, Administrator
Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, Liberty, Missouri

"For us to raise over 600 percent of annual giving in our capital campaign, in the face of an economic crisis (spring 2009), was truly astounding. The icing on the cake is our five-year follow through plans that invites new members to join the campaign and solicits estate gifts from our senior leaders."

Fr. Charles Rowe
Twelve Apostles Catholic Church, Platte City, Missouri

Eric Laverentz, Senior Pastor
Presbyterian Church Of Stanley, Overland Park Kansas


"This is a note to confirm what a blessed experience to work with Church-Development on our recent campaign.  The goal we set for ourselves was to raise almost $1 million dollars, and there were a number of people in our congregation who felt initially that was extremely ambition for a church of our size and economic abilities.

The thing that struck me in our initial meeting with Denis Green and Darryl Prater from Church-Development was their emphasis on a capital campaign as primarily an opportunity for spiritual growth as a church.  The priorities that they set, and the focus they have as an organization, really helped us set the agenda for our congregation, that this is an opportunity for people to grow spiritually, and that in many senses, raising the money is a by-product of spiritual growth.  That impressed me right up front, and I felt like these are the right people to do this campaign for us.

The other thing that was such a blessing was how highly organized the process was, that it involved many, many lay people from our congregation on the varying groups that were part of the process.  Because so many individuals got involved, it helped give the whole process momentum and support from the wider congregation.

I can, without hesitation, recommend the Church-Development to anyone, any group, that is considering doing a capital campaign.  They've been at it a long time, they obviously know what they are doing, and they are an amazing group of folks.

As a footnote, even though the campaign was given a 3-year timeline, we had raised almost 80% of our goal within the first year, which as I understand it, is a pretty remarkable benchmark in capital campaign experiences.  We owe our gratitude and thanksgiving to the God who has blessed us and also to the Church-Development and the wonderful work they did with our congregation.  I would be glad to answer any questions or concerns your organization may have.  God bless you.” 

Rev. Joel R. Fredrikson
First Baptist Church of Ottawa (Kansas)

Fr. Greg Haskamp, Pastor
Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Smithville, Missouri


Bob Hill, Pastor
Community Christian Church, Kansas City, Missouri

My pastor and I attended the workshop in Atlanta that Denis hosted and we felt it was well worth our time. As you may know, our parish of St. Gerard Majella in Ft. Oglethorpe, Georgia is working with Ed Dobmeyer in a Capital Campaign at present. Both he and Denis have been incredibly valuable partners in this process for us.

We went to the workshop to see what other churches might be doing to maintain and increase offertory giving in these economic times. What we learned was that we are already doing many of the right things. Denis is great at presenting what has been proven to works: he's got data and science to back up what he preaches. That's one of the aspects of Church Development that we like.

So, we'd go again to a CD workshop in our area and we hope that Denis and Ed continue to be resources for us as we move through our annual stewardship drive and continue in the process of our Capital Campaign.

Judy Bowman
St. Gerard Majella Catholic Church
Ft. Oglethorpe, GA

Fr. Mike Roach, Pastor
St. Therese Catholic Church, Kansas City, Missouri