Lorraine and I first met the consultant after we had pledged in March 2017 with the Pattern Gifts Committee Chairs and he was at the meeting site. Then, Fr. Charleston Wilson asked us to become a visiting team and our training and involvement began with the consultant. Lorraine and I are now the Victory Chairs and the intervening months have showcased his many qualities.
The first outstanding quality is his faithful membership at Redeemer. Of course, he is there every Sunday, but also 7am Bible studies, evening concerts, all day celebrations and so many gatherings of an extremely active congregation. In this time, he has come to know more members by their names than all but the most senior clergy. But not just names, he knows the members and they know him.
His time availability to the various committees and their members is 24/7. Whether training or committee meetings, he has an agenda and has coached the leaders on any questions they may have. He has accompanied many Visitors and been the solitary visitor on others. When Visitors bring members to the proposed model, he is usually within reach to answer possibly tough questions.
He keeps the leaders and the visitors aware of the status of the calling pipeline. He honors success and coaches when the various categories are lagging. The consultant is committed and enthusiastic as displayed by his positive demeanor and words that are very uplifting and he keeps members focused on eventual success. More importantly, he makes the numbers come alive with his amazing memory and ability to tell the real stories of people’s reactions to the campaign.
We have been told by the campaign leader that our campaign giving is 5 times the annual pledges and Redeemer has a very successful annual pledge program!
The Church of the Redeemer and Lorraine and I have been blessed by the consultant’s presence. We will miss him, but I believe he is leaving us with the process, knowledge and training to achieve success and keep the campaign alive.
Church of the Redeemer