Questions to ask before doing a Capital Campaign
Are churches asking the right questions when they embark on a capital campaign that will ask their congregants to give more than they are used to giving? I think some churches do, but I’ve been involved in several that didn’t ask. So, this article is dedicated to posing questions that I think churches need to ask before they set up a new church design.
- What is the motivation behind building more buildings or doing massive renovations to the existing building?
- Has the church leadership gotten buy-in from the opinion leaders at the church?
- Does the church design fit in with what is really needed for the congregation?
- How will the church pitch and “sell” the vision of a new set of buildings?
- How much debt will the church capital campaign cause?
- Can the church handle carrying so much debt?
- Does the majority of the church want to do a capital campaign?
- Has the church done its research as to which architectural firm they will use to drive this campaign?
- Has the church leadership “taken the temperature” of their people concerning this campaign?
- Will the church use 3D animations to ‘show and tell’ what the future church design will look like to the members?
- Who will be the point people for selling this vision?
- What changes or buildings are really needed?
- What does the church leadership believe is going to happen because they build new buildings?
- How will the church leadership handle dissenters and laggards in the church during this campaign?
- Why do this at all?
- How much extra time and effort will this capital campaign require from the leadership and from the lay leaders of the church?
- Will this capital campaign be set up to be done in stages?
- How much prayer has gone into the decision to build more buildings?
- Is God pressing this process or is a work of man?
Okay, I have a bunch more, but I think these will be good starters for any congregation seeking to build anew. Thanks for reading. Good luck in your projects.