Perspectives – Fall 2016 Issue
Welcome to the Fall 2016 edition of our online newsletter. We are delighted that you continue to follow the services our firm provides to churches throughout the United States and Canada.
As we enter into the autumn season 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 2016.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.
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
How Important Is It To Ask the Right Questions When Interviewing Stewardship Consultants?
By: Jim Klote
At nearly every presentation I make regarding the services we provide, I am asked “what other questions should we be asking?” Actually, I appreciate the question. It indicates an initial trust and willingness to invite advice. There are many questions I believe church leaders should be asking when considering partnering with a stewardship consulting firm. Naturally, there is a significant difference between stewardship consulting for churches, and fundraising consulting to any non-profit.
Now, the first question is, “how do we even find firms to interview?” You can look on the Internet and pick a few to interview, or you can call around to area churches that have done campaigns and ask for recommendations. You can call your conference or diocesan development office and ask if there is a recommended firm. In the end, you are going to have to choose from a few recommended firms and interview them to see which method best suits your expectations. Read more…
Dealing with Push Back
By: Doug Clark
One of the most important discoveries a church has is finding out if they are indeed ready for a Capital Campaign. There are four prerequisites that need to be present for a Capital Campaign to be successful and one of them is an ‘Appealing Case.’ The church must have a strong “case” or rationale for conducting the campaign at a particular time.
The case must be clearly defined and well documented. It must be visionary and meet far-ranging, long-term needs. Furthermore, it must speak to the needs and opportunities perceived as being most important to the church. Read more…