Cornerstone Lutheran Church – Moving Forward …Together


For Immediate Release
November 23, 2022

Carmel, IN – After a successful 6-week Readiness Assessment period that reached over 350 members and friends, Cornerstone Lutheran Church in the Indianapolis area is moving forward with a capital campaign.

After receiving productive feedback on the proposed plans during 17 focus group meetings, the case for a campaign was improved and refined.  Members clearly indicated that they wanted to focus more on debt reduction while putting two more proposed initiatives on hold for the time being.  As a result, the $14 million dollar campaign will now focus on extensive infrastructure improvements at all four of Cornerstone’s sites, eliminating approximately $4 million in debt from previous projects, and $6 million earmarked for a child development center at Cornerstone’s location in Fishers, Indiana.

Eight years ago, Cornerstone Lutheran (then Carmel Lutheran) used Klote & Associates to raise almost $9 million to construct their first additional site in Fishers, Indiana as they embarked on a multi-site ministry concept.  Since then, CLC has acquired two more sites (one in downtown Indianapolis and one in the western Indianapolis suburb of Eagle Creek) and continues to grow.

Campaign director, Steve Siegel, is serving Cornerstone Lutheran for the second time.  He also directed their last campaign in 2014/2015.  “Offering public focus group meetings during a Readiness Assessment and listening to all of the members through the process is so important,” Siegel said.  “Without it, Cornerstone may not have discovered the true passions of their members until the campaign was launched and it was too late to change it.  Now, the leadership team is confident that they’re targeting the right initiatives and are looking forward to a successful campaign.”

The child development center which will serve approximately 175 children from two months to five years, had been in discussion for several years but was put on hold during the Covid-19 pandemic.  But now that shutdowns are over and parents have returned to work, there is a tremendous need for this ministry.  The child development center (CDC) will provide far more than daycare for local working parents.  It plans to offer high quality care that emphasizes developmental, academic, and spiritual teaching within a safe, nurturing, Christ-centered environment.  In addition, the classrooms and multi-use space for the CDC will provide much needed ministry space for the Fishers campus on nights and weekends.

The $4 million in campaign dollars for site renovations will allow all four sites to address important infrastructure repairs and improvements needed to continue moving forward in ministry.

Finally, the $4 million in debt reduction will allow CLC to close the books on previous projects and provide additional general budget dollars to expand ministry at all four sites.

The campaign theme of “Forward …Together” is an appropriate choice that seeks to project the forward moving ministry of Cornerstone, while also reminding its members that even though they now have four different worship sites, they are still only one church … moving together.

A public kickoff for the campaign is planned for late February after an initial quiet phase when leadership teams will be recruited, and early pledges will be solicited for the kickoff.

James D. Klote & Associates, provides full-time resident service.  With offices in Falls Church, Virginia; Chicago, Illinois; Los Angeles, California; and Toronto, Ontario, James D. Klote & Associates is the largest full-time, on-site stewardship consulting firm in North America.  For additional information, please contact the firm at 703-532-7633.




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