Church Capital Campaign Services

Our focus is growing a culture of stewardship through prayer, connection and shared decision-making utilizing research-based best practices in fundraising to strengthen communities of faith

Church Capital Campaigns

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Feasibility Studies

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Planned Giving

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  • Evaluate Campaign Support
  • Organize Volunteers
  • Train Campaign Volunteers
  • Communicate the Vision
  • Major Donor Research
  • Build Community 
  • Teach Stewardship
  • Pray and Discern
  • Solicit Contributions
  • Thank Contributors
  • Celebrate Success
  • Follow Up for 3-Year Pledge

Church Capital Campaign Services

Comprehensive Capital Campaign

For churches wanting full service campaign consulting, planning and management from a church capital campaign professional. Church Development will:

  • Serve as the campaign manager and administration team
  • Manage the calendar of activities
  • Create all the publications
  • Lead weekly management team and monthly advisory team meetings
  • Manage all the volunteers and teams
  • Provide stewardship education
  • Train the follow up team to use the Stewardship System
  • Oversee the volunteer training meeting, create a manual for each volunteer
  • Conduct donor research
  • Meet with leadership donor prospects
  • Work with the follow up team for three years to ensure pledge collection
  • Establish a planned giving effort

Church Capital Campaign Services

Coaching-Level Capital Campaign

For churches who have the staff or volunteers to do the day-to-day campaign work (about 500 staff hours) but would like a church capital campaign professional for strategy consulting. Church Development will:

  • Provide guidance and oversight to your church’s campaign manager
  • Formulate the calendar of activities and assign responsibilities
  • Provide personalized training for the church’s campaign manager
  • Provide templates for publications
  • Lead management team and advisory team meetings during the visits
  • Provide stewardship education
  • Train the follow up team to use the Stewardship System
  • Oversee the volunteer training meeting

Pre-Campaign Service

Feasibility Study

A feasibility study will give you a deep understanding of your members and church community. Besides measuring the likely levels of financial commitment for an upcoming capital campaign, a church feasibility study identifies support for the church, church leaders and the proposed church capital campaign – feedback that affirms your strengths and identifies areas to grow your ministry.

  • Case statement development
  • Communication documents created
  • Custom, comprehensive survey
  • Data-driven comprehensive report with professional recommendations
  • Piece of mind in goal setting

Capital Campaign Element

Planned Giving

Legacy giving can match the amount raised in a traditional capital campaign. Church Development’s planned giving consulting will help you to:

  • Invite every member to include the church in an estate plan
  • Match the amount raised in a capital campaign with planned gifts
  • Secure the future of the church (planned gifts matriculate on average, 7 years after being received)

In all our church capital campaign services…

Increase Annual Giving

Because our capital campaigns are rooted in growing a culture of generosity,  campaigns result in an average increase of 10% in annual giving.

  • Ensure vital ministries are funded and operational budgets are met
  • Invite new members to become part of the mission of the church
  • Ensure pledge fulfillment with campaign follow-up

Denis is very professional, well-informed, creative and efficient and has the very essence of success in this business, a heart of stewardship. He listened carefully to specifics of our needs and the short window we had to launch an appeal. I heartily recommend him and Church Development. 

Mary Losik

Stewardship Development, Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Shawnee, KS

We have received 97% of what was pledged in our capital campaign. The plans we had were for repairs and major maintenance–not exactly the kind of plans that result in large donations. I am ecstatic about this percentage.

Julian Wade, Ways & Means Chair

Eastminster Presbyterian, Stone Mountain, GA

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, KS

Both our consultant and Denis have been incredibly valuable partners in this capital campaign process for us. 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.

Judy Bowman

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

The quality service provided in a Church Development capital campaign sets us apart...

Building Community

First, effective campaigns build community. A strong community is a giving community. The financial and spiritual success of campaigns are mutually inclusive goals. Campaigns are times of great spiritual opportunity when a community can grow closer and gather around a common purpose. Furthermore, they are times when parishioners can grow in ownership of their parish's mission and vision. Our campaign teams work with the parish leadership and members to build a sense of trust and mutual respect.


Guiding and Supporting

Moreover, Church Development provides expert guidance to support you throughout your capital campaign. We deal with any challenges that surface, celebrate successes, and ensure excitement remains high after the pledge phase. We provide resources for ongoing stewardship learning for your staff and volunteers. Whatever plans or needs our parish partners have, a Church Development stewardship consultant is in it with you to make sure you are not left to figure things out alone. 


Meeting Your Unique Needs

Each parish is different in its character, culture, and goals. Doesn't it make sense to have a capital campaign that is as unique as your parish? Church Development campaigns are tailored to each church. Therefore, we are more effective than firms that conduct one-size-fits-all campaigns. We work tirelessly to create a process that honors the unique vision God has for your church. We respect and value your identity. Finally, we build off your unique strengths to facilitate a successful campaign.

Growing a Culture of Giving

Additionally, we emphasize parishioner engagement in campaigns and teach a spirituality of stewardship. Consequently, we often see increases in annual giving and volunteerism within twelve months after a Commitment Sunday.
Our approach celebrates all the gifts God has bestowed and invites parishioners to explore how God is calling them to share their gifts. Through prayer, discernment, and community building, our capital campaigns create a culture of generosity in the churches we serve.

Providing Options

Church Development is set apart from other capital campaign firms. Most importantly, we give you options to select the level of support you need based on your time and financial resources. Our two-tiered pricing structure gives you options to make decisions based on your priorities. When hiring a fundraising consultant, get exactly what you need and no more. Our comprehensive service is active management all the details. Coaching service provides the confidence of having a professional strategy.

Praying, Not Pushing

Finally, We respect that each family is in a unique place financially and spiritually. Pressuring others to do what we want (or give what we want) is not only awkward, it’s ineffective. It comes from a fear of scarcity. Our approach to stewardship teaches trust in God’s care and awareness of blessings already in our lives. We see this as helpful for individuals as well as for the parish. For that reason, our asking approach is based on prayer, Ignatian discernment, and invitation, and never on pressure or fear.

Contact Church Development

Have a question? Need stewardship support? Our people aren't salesy, they want to support your mission.

(816) 333-8111

15 E 55th Terr, Kansas City, MO 64113

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Church Development is an International Catholic Stewardship Council Partner

International Catholic Stewardship Council Partners