I have a hunch that there are lots of churches in our Conference that have put off capital campaigns in the last four years or so. With a struggling economy and plate income a challenge, it just did not seem like the right time to take on a major campaign.
But those churches still have rooves that need to be replaced, bathrooms that need to be upgraded, and additions that need to be built. These campaigns can’t wait forever.
On Saturday, September 24, the Foundation will be hosting an all-day workshop on Church Capital Campaigns.
We have two speakers for the day. Rev. Dr. Michael Reeves wrote the definitive book on church campaigns, Extraordinary Money: Understanding the Church Capital Campaign. He has worked with both the Texas and Louisiana United Methodist Foundations and is now the Pastor of Financial Discipleship at a large United Methodist Church in Texas.
He will be joined by Rev. Dr. Brad Call. Reverend Call is a member of the East Ohio Conference and serves Thoburn UMC in St. Clairsville. He has been advising church campaigns for years and was recently on the staff at the New England United Methodist Foundation.
Between our two speakers, they have directed more than 400 church capital campaigns. Trust me, they know what they’re doing.
We will be at Montrose Zion UMC north of Akron. Registration begins at 8:30 and the program runs until 3. The $25 registration includes lunch and is priced to allow a church to bring a team of likely campaign leaders to get everyone on the same page.
If your church has a campaign that is “shovel ready” or if you think that maybe you will need to do one at some point, plan to participate. This is the kind of educational opportunity that does not come around very often.
For a brochure with more information, including the registration form, go here.