Perspectives – Fall 2012 Issues
Welcome to the Fall 2012 edition of our newsletter. We are delighted that you continue to follow the services our firm provides to churches throughout the United States.
As we approach the end of this year and the impending cold winter months, James D. Klote & Associates would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the great successes we and our clients have had in 2012. Our experienced, professional staff of Directors consulted on many projects around the country this year that were extremely successful; and the year is still not over. The successes of these projects are not attributed to one sole factor, but many that need to take place to truly make it a success. It starts with a solid partnership between our church client and one of our experienced consultants. This important match of our church client and a full-time and on-site consultant, combined with a solid case statement, Readiness Assessment / Feasibility Study, competent leadership, personal visitation, and committed members creates an environment of success. It’s hard for a campaign not to meet its true potential when it encompasses all of these crucial factors.
This month’s newsletter focuses on how your church can have a successful campaign. The following articles will guide you on what you need to do and what you should avoid during a Capital Stewardship Campaign. We are passionate about the consulting services we provide. Having a full-time, on-site consultant at your church to guide your leaders each and every day during your campaign will certainly ensure success.
Always remember, we are here to serve. If we can be of service or offer simple advice, please contact us for a no obligation discussion of your church and ministry needs.
Vice President of Operations
The Four Main Reasons for Our Success
By Jim Klote
I am often asked about the success our firm enjoys, and that of our church clients in terms of Capital Stewardship Campaigns. Not surprising is the fact that I am asked this question by clients, prospective clients and the heads of other fundraising firms.
In my 25 years of experience, I can honestly say that there is no secret. In addition, there is no trick or quick method to a successful campaign effort. Rather, there is a proven technique which has been time tested for many decades that works best. It is what we call a Plan of Campaign. Naturally, the plan includes job descriptions, timelines, professional materials, and an approach which church members embrace.
As congregations, and their leadership, consider undertaking a Capital Campaign, they must inevitably ask themselves, What does it take to be successful? And they need to feel confident in that answer before committing to going forward.
There are the obvious answers to the question of what does it take to be successful, such as a compelling need, a strong case-statement and a solid plan. These responses tend to focus on what could be accomplished through a successful capital campaign. Stated in the opposite, church members wonn’t support things they don’t consider vital, crucial or required.
The Importance of Strong Relationship
By Jim Collins
Every church family has a governing body usually called the church council or perhaps the vestry, church board, church cabinet, etc. Although most of the congregations or parishes look to these groups to lead the church family with ideas and initiatives, many times leadership can and does come from other places within the church community.
The search for these leaders should begin the first day the campaign director arrives and throughout the feasibility process. This is the most important prequel routine of the stewardship campaign.