Rev. Tom Berlin

Rev. Tom Berlin

It has been a pleasure to work with James D. Klote and Associates. It is essential that stewardship consultants truly understand the theology of biblical stewardship if they are to work in a church that is interested in stewardship rather than capital stewardship. Jim and his team understand the biblical calling to cheerful giving as well as God’s desire to see us properly steward our resources for the kingdom. I appreciate the way this campaign treats every member of the church as equally important to our success. A visit was requested of every member and equal amounts of time were given to everyone. This enabled all of us share in the joy of Christian stewardship as the campaign progressed.

This was the most thorough stewardship campaign we have ever conducted and the results have been rewarding in many ways. By the time we gathered for our congregational dinner announcing our leadership gifts, we had already raised as much as two other stewardship companies said we had the potential to raise in the entire campaign.

Klote & Associates provide excellent training and support to those who visit members of the church. Those who were recruited to do the visits were initially nervous. Once our consultant trained them and answered questions, they were ready to begin. The consultant took the administrative burden off the pastor and church staff members so that they could focus on their ministry areas while undertaking a comprehensive campaign.

The stewardship consultant who partnered with us at Floris United Methodist Church brought a generous and cheerful spirit that set the tone for our campaign. He was able to both challenge those in our congregation with plentiful resources and appreciate those on fixed incomes. When problems arose, he quickly communicated those to the pastor and campaign chairperson so that they could respond. As a result, we were able to maintain positive morale and a joyful spirit in our church.

I would highly recommend James D. Klote and Associates to any congregation who wants to develop stewards and undertake a capital campaign for their church.

-Rev. Tom Berlin
Floris UMC
Herndon, Virginia
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