Developing A Church Building Fund
In the course of developing a church building fund, many obstacles and challenges can come up at any given time. It is important to pinpoint early on what these obstacles are in order to find ways to circumvent them.
It may be worthwhile to investigate a few churches that operate on a scale similar to yours, and find out what specific issues they have had to deal with in the past. In this way, you can draw on their experiences in helping you complete your church building fund successfully.
The congregation will of course play a crucial role in this fund, since in order to give their full support to the project, they have to understand its purpose thoroughly. Formulating a clear vision for the church building fund will then lay the foundation for active support. Churches that do not effectively develop a vision for their project may find that support will be lacking when the program inevitably requires more time, funds, and creativity than expected. Without an overall vision for the church building fund, certain factions within the church may even express opposition.
Of course it is much easier to get church members to show enthusiasm for a church building fund than it is to actually get them to contribute to this fund. There is simply no way to predict how a congregation will respond to these programs, which is why most churches have to deal with making a decision about whether or not to hire a fundraiser early on in the process. Some churches have realized too late that hiring a consultant would have helped avoid many problems, and allowed them to implement a church building fund effectively.
Just as in any other development program, the leaders of a church building fund have an important role to play as well. In the absence of clear and decisive leadership, a project may take an undue amount of time to complete, and they may find support by the church congregation to be flagging.
It is also up to the leaders of the church building fund to provide much needed direction and guidance in order to ensure a solid and sustained financial commitment to the program. In this regard, the issue of direct financial contribution by the church leaders can be a double edged sword that may serve to encourage some people to give more freely and, on the other hand, dissuade others from making their own contributions.
It is a tricky matter to be sure, and only through thorough familiarity and constant open communication with the members of a church can the leaders determine which is the most effective course of action to take. The leaders of the church simply must go beyond providing leadership for the church building fund and serve as models for the rest of the congregation, either through their own contributions or by showing a genuine concern for helping every member of the church feel that they are an important part of the project, no matter what their financial capability to contribute is.
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