I’m writing to you as a parishioner of Grace Episcopal Church in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. I wanted to take the time to tell you about our church’s capital campaign, and specifically, how amazed my husband and I both are with its process and progress.
We had the privilege of serving as the spiritual emphasis co-chairs of our local campaign steering committee. From our original visit with your firm’s consultant through each committee meeting, encouraging email reminder, and in person encounter, we were impressed with his dedication, organization, and involvement in our local services and community. When I originally heard that our congregation was attempting to raise $2.5M in 6 weeks, I thought that goal and timeframe would be impossible, despite our congregation’s two year discernment process prior to the campaign and many committed, enthusiastic members. However, the consultant was able to facilitate, motivate and keep momentum high for all our committee members and volunteer visitors (including us) throughout the six weeks, and perhaps miraculously, we achieved more than our goal within those six weeks.
What impressed me most about the process your company guides congregations through is how participatory and inclusive it is of all members. Three of the nine visits we personally completed were with members that had not yet had a chance to see the architectural renderings of our new and refurbished buildings. It was a joy and a privilege to share face to face with them about the process and the campaign, but more so, it meant so much to me to know that no one who regularly attends our church will be excluded from this process or show up to church one to day to find that we are building a building they had no knowledge of. Progress is necessarily stretching and potentially difficult for a small body like ours, and I believe that the whole process was completed with the utmost sensitivity and excellence because of your firm’s involvement.
Thank you for your help,
Grace Episcopal Church
Siloam Springs, Arkansas