Should I Fear My Upcoming Capital Campaign?

You don’t have to dread or fear your upcoming capital campaign. It is possible to enjoy this season. I did not say it would be easy. Nowhere in the Bible did God call anyone to an easy task but it doesn’t have to feel like a trip to the dentist. It can actually be enjoyable and an incredible faith-building experience for those in your church.

During the past few years, we have seen the following happen in our partnerships:

  • Hundreds giving their lives to Christ during the public phase of the campaign. Yes, people can get saved during a capital campaign.
  • Communities are changing as increasing numbers of volunteers are giving their time and talent to serve the poor and under-resourced.
  • Communities are changing because increased dollars are flowing to schools, shelters, and other organizations caring for the marginalized.
  • Pastors are seeing the congregation’s trust in their leadership go to all-time high.
  • Vision becoming a reality. Lives are being changed.

We hear it all the time – “I never knew a capital campaign could be like this.” Well, it can.

If you have an upcoming need to raise capital, allow me to give you a preview. Simply click HERE for a FREE video coaching series called The 5-Minute Capital Campaign.

In it, INJOY Stewardship Solutions president/CEO Joseph Sangl breaks down the 4-Step Process needed to see your mission and vision become a reality. Don’t miss this. This complimentary coaching is worth your time to watch and could change the way you see this upcoming season of ministry.

The #1 Thing People Give To At Your Church

The depth of relationship effects the depth of communication. Jesus modeled this principle with his disciples.  He empowered 72 disciples. He invested in 12, and He brought three into His personal highs and lows (Luke 10; Matthew 17; Matthew 26). One of the many reasons Jesus was so good at discipleship is He was always WITH his disciples. The disciples spent every day watching, learning from, listening to and doing life with Jesus. The more Jesus spent time with his disciples, the more they knew Him, trusted Him and bought into His mission.
Jesus simply told the disciples, “Follow me.” By merely spending time with Jesus, they became the men the Lord used to build his church and even gave their lives for Him.
The point is, how much time are you spending with the financial leaders in your church? Shaking hands on a Sunday is a start but are you deeply invested in the lives of the financial leaders in your church? Do you do life with them? Do you sacrifice time to get to know them, to be their friend and not just ask them for something? People give to people first and foremost.
Sacrificing your time for financial leaders often results in them sacrificially giving to your vision? Getting to know your financial leaders builds trust. Many pastors assume people know them because they see them on the platform every Sunday. By walking with Jesus alongside the financial leaders in your church, they will grow to love you and become more passionate about reaching others. Also, they will continue to grow in their relationship with Jesus— which includes their generosity. 
Rick Warren said, “We teach what we know. We reproduce what we are.” If you wish to see your financial leaders passionately following Jesus and wholeheartedly supporting your mission and vision, spend significant time disciplining them. As mentioned earlier, people give to people first.
To help you disciple your financial leaders, INJOY Stewardship has created a free resource just for you. Just click HERE or on the image provided to download our new ebook: How To Disciple Financial Leaders. The content will make you a better leader.

How to Experience a Momentous, Freeing Shift In Our Churches

*The following post is written by Matthew Garrison - one of our team members who hosted the latest episode of The Ship Podcast.*  

Recently, I had the opportunity to speak with Clayton King, Teaching Pastor at NewSpring Church in South Carolina. I ran into him at a local restaurant in town, and we chatted for a few minutes. As we talked, I wanted to thank him for his support of the most recent episode of The Ship Podcast, an Interview with his fellow NewSpring Church Leadership Team member, Brad Cooper. But, when I thanked him, he responded in a way that took me aback. He said, “I wish every pastor in America could hear that podcast.” 

Honestly, I was floored that he thought so highly of the interview. In continuing our conversation, it became clear Clayton felt a conviction that there is a leadership crisis facing the Western Church today, and he felt the perspective and wisdom Brad brought in the podcast episode could cause a momentous, freeing shift in our churches. 

I say all of this not to toot my own horn, because honestly, it’s the last thing I want to do (writing this knowing it will be seen by many is slightly rattling to me). Nevertheless, I write to encourage you to listen to the brief conversation I had with Brad Cooper entitled, A Theology of Leadership, because I believe it will have a great impact on you.

But, don’t be fooled by the title. The call of God to ministry is higher than we often give it credit for by using the word “leadership” to describe it. The call to lead in God’s church is actually the call to be a shepherd.

So, I encourage you, check out the podcast, and let us know what you think by leaving us a review!

21 Things Your Church’s Financial Leaders Are Thinking

The NBA Finals have recently concluded with the Golden State Warriors defeating LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers to win their third title in four years. The event made me reflect on when James returned to his hometown Cavaliers four years ago.

On Friday, July 11th, 2014 Sports Illustrated writer Lee Jenkins posted a letter penned by James announcing his return. To say James would be a high-capacity giver if he attended your church would be a gross understatement.

Pastors, while you may not have LeBron James in your church, you do have high-capacity givers, and James’ essay gives you great insight into how these individuals think. The following are 21 Lessons Pastors Can Learn From LeBron James About How Your Church’s Financial Leaders Think. I will give my thoughts on each item followed by the James’ quote from his announcement.

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  1. Your Church’s Financial Leaders Remember The Sacrifices They Made To Become Successful – Struggle is necessary for strength. “Before anyone ever cared where I would play basketball, I was a kid from Northeast Ohio. It’s where I walked. It’s where I ran. It’s where I cried. It’s where I bled. It holds a special place in my heart. People there have seen me grow up. I sometimes feel like I’m their son.”
  2. Your Church’s Financial Leaders Want To Make A Difference In The Lives Of Others –Financial leaders have matured and no longer care about titles, positions or parking spaces. They want to make a difference. “I want to give them hope when I can. I want to inspire them when I can.”
  3. Your Church’s Financial Leaders Think Big Picture – Financial leaders must see how their efforts help make a larger vision become a reality. “My relationship with Northeast Ohio is bigger than basketball.”
  4. Your Church’s Financial Leaders Have The Courage To Make Hard Decisions – There are perks to leadership, and there is a price to leadership. One price leaders must be willing to pay is hard and unpopular decisions. “I was leaving something I had spent a long time creating.”
  5. Your Church’s Financial Leaders Learned From Their Mistakes – Leaders cannot be afraid to take risks or fail. They must simply be willing to learn from their failures. “If I had to do it all over again, I’d obviously do things differently.”
  6. Your Church’s Financial Leaders Are Grateful To Those Who Have Invested In Them –Financial leaders know they did not get to where they are without the help of others. They are deeply grateful and remember fondly those who helped them along the way. “These past four years helped raise me into who I am. I became a better player and a better man. I learned from a franchise that had been where I wanted to go. I will always think of Miami as my second home.”
  7. Your Church’s Financial Leaders Desperately Long For Authentic Relationships – Financial leaders are collaborators. They want to serve in the context of community. Many are lonely. Your top leaders want meaningful friendships. “I went to Miami because of D-Wade and CB. We made sacrifices to keep UD. I loved becoming a big bro to Rio. I believed we could do something magical if we came together. And that’s exactly what we did!… We are brothers for life.”
  8.  Your Church’s Financial Leaders Want To Control Their Own Message – The internet and social media has provided financial leaders with an ability to become their own media outlet. “I want an opportunity to explain myself uninterrupted.”
  9. Your Church’s Financial Leaders Desire Influence, Not Attention Or Position – Financial leaders do not want a position. They want influence. “I’m not having a press conference or a party. After this, it’s time to get to work.”
  10. Your Church’s Financial Leaders Focus On Accomplishment – Smart pastors create opportunities for financial leaders to accomplish something INSIDE their church rather than forcing them to seek those opportunities OUTSIDE the church. “When I left Cleveland, I was on a mission. I was seeking championships, and we won two…My goal is still to win as many titles as possible, no question. But what’s most important for me is bringing one trophy back to Northeast Ohio.”
  11. Your Church’s Financial Leaders Are Deeply Loyal – Financial leaders understand the importance of investment. What they have invested their time, financial resources and life in matters deeply to them. “I always believed that I’d return to Cleveland and finish my career there…I started thinking about what it would be like to raise my family in my hometown. I looked at other teams, but I wasn’t going to leave Miami for anywhere except Cleveland.”
  12. Your Church’s Financial Leaders Are Most Influenced By Their Family – When dealing with financial leaders, always remember how important decisions will impact the leader’s spouse and children. In our household, if you win over Sonya and Anna Dodd, you have won over Brian Dodd. “To make the move I needed the support of my wife and my mom.”
  13. Your Church’s Financial Leaders Do Not Burn Bridges.  They Build Them. – Financial leaders put the success of the organization over their personal feelings and understand the importance of long-lasting relationships. “I’ve met with Dan, face-to-face, man-to-man. We’ve talked it out. Everybody makes mistakes. I’ve made mistakes as well. Who am I to hold a grudge?”
  14. Your Church’s Financial Leaders Want To Know If Projects And Initiatives Are Actually Achievable – Your financial leaders deal in reality, not fantasy. Commitment will be low if they feel projects or initiatives are not achievable. “I’m not promising a championship. I know how hard that is to deliver. We’re not ready right now. No way.”
  15. Your Church’s Financial Leaders Want To Invest In Next Generation Leaders – Few things excite financial leaders like the opportunity to invest in other leaders, especially the younger one. “I see myself as a mentor now and I’m excited to lead some of these talented young guys. I think I can help Kyrie Irving become one of the best point guards in our league. I think I can help elevate Tristan Thompson and Dion Waiters.”
  16. Your Church’s Financial Leaders Will Passionately Own The Results – Your financial leaders will take their responsibilities seriously. So give them tasks worthy of them getting involved with. “I feel my calling here goes above basketball. I have a responsibility to lead, in more ways than one, and I take that very seriously.”
  17. Your Church’s Financial Leaders Want To Impact As Many People As Possible – Making an impact in a single life is important and cannot be discounted. However, financial leaders want to impact large numbers of people. “I want kids in Northeast Ohio, like the hundreds of Akron third-graders I sponsor through my foundation, to realize that there’s no better place to grow up.”
  18. Your Church’s Financial Leaders Care About Leaving A Lasting Legacy – Financial leaders care about their legacy. They want to accomplish something great with their lives and are intentional about it. “Maybe some of them will come home after college and start a family or open a business…Our community, which has struggled so much, needs all the talent it can get.”
  19. Your Church’s Financial Leaders Are Attracted To Big Vision – Churches with a big vision attract financial leaders. Churches with a small vision do not attract financial leaders.  “In Northeast Ohio, nothing is given. Everything is earned. You work for what you have. I’m ready to accept the challenge.”
  20. Your Church’s Financial Leaders Love Their Church – “I’m coming home.”
  21. Your Church’s Financial Leaders Want To Be Appreciated And Loved – Pastors, LeBron is idolized in Cleveland. Now you don’t want to go as far as idolatry, but you do want to prioritize thanking and showing appreciation to your financial leaders, your top volunteers and the top leaders in the church? Be aware, if you do not consistently show appreciation, they may return to their own Cleveland – a place where they are loved.

What is one thing you learned from this list which will better help you disciple your financial leaders?

Download our latest ebook to learn more: HOW TO DISCIPLE FINANCIAL LEADERS

4 Steps to a Successful Capital Campaign

Most things in ministry are subjective.  “Good sermon pastor!” – subjective! Your sermon is too long or too short. I recently sat through 2 hours 25 minutes of Avengers: Infinity War. It went by like 5 minutes. Subjective! It’s too hot or cold in the sanctuary – subjective! The music is too loud or soft – subjective! Most things in ministry are subjective.
One thing, however, in ministry is not subjective – your capital campaign results! It is an actual number, and you either achieved your results, or you did not. This is what keeps pastors awake at night. Did the people buy-in to our God-given vision or not? Do the people support me or not? A capital campaign often feels like a referendum or report card on the pastor’s leadership.
At INJOY Stewardship Solutions, we want to help you CRUSH your next capital campaign. We want to help you relieve stress and get more sleep at night. Therefore, we created a 4-part online video coaching series called The Five-Minute Capital Campaign, and we're making this available to you absolutely FREE. To download your complimentary coaching, click HERE.

In these videos, our President/CEO, Joseph Sangl, coaches you through our 4-Step Process to a successful capital campaign taken directly from I Chronicles 28-29. These four steps are:
1.       Vision Clarification
2.       Leadership Development
3.       Going Public
4.       FollowThru
Each step is vital for you to CRUSH your campaign goals! So, click HERE and download your coaching today! We'll unpack each of these steps in great detail!
If you would prefer to speak with an INJOY Stewardship consultant and get a FREE 30-Minute phone consultation to discuss your campaign need and timeline, click HERE and someone will be in touch within 24 hours.

Why NewSpring Church has transitioned to a focus on shepherding

God’s Word has a lot to say about being a shepherd. God reveals Himself as the Good Shepherd (John 10:11-18), and He uses shepherds all throughout Scripture to accomplish His will. 

As a church leader, God has called you to shepherd His flock.

But, what does that mean? In 21st Century Western Christianity, the idea and practice of being a shepherd is lost on many people. Nonetheless, the call to shepherd remains. 

Brad Cooper, Pastor of Direction and Culture for NewSpring Church, has been wrestling with what it means to be a shepherd of God’s flock for a while now. NewSpring Church has experienced many seasons of massive growth over the years. Through these seasons, the need to develop leaders was abundantly apparent, so the NewSpring Staff focused heavily on it. The topic of leadership was talked about frequently, studied intently, and emphasized heavily. Staff members attended conferences, listened to podcasts, and learned from some of the world’s best leaders in an effort to increase their leadership capacities. 

Listen to Episode 06 of The Ship Podcast today

As a result, people learned how to better lead those under their care. People learned the importance of integrity, and how being a great leader is about being a great servant. However, as Brad describes, the Leadership Team at NewSpring felt a disconnect. They knew leadership was a spiritual gift and vital part of every church body but felt they had placed an unhealthy focus on the area. They began to ask the questions, “Is this focus on leadership of paramount importance? What has God ordained leadership in His Church to look like? Are we getting this right?”

After much prayer and searching the Scriptures, Brad and the Leadership Team at NewSpring Church came to the conclusion, while leadership is critical, it is not paramount. 

“There is a higher calling than leadership in church world. The shepherd is the highest calling in the church ministry world.” - Brad Cooper

From this conviction, the Leadership Team at NewSpring began to dive into what it meant to be a shepherd of God’s flock after His Own heart. 

INJOY Stewardship had the opportunity to sit down with Brad Cooper on The Ship Podcast to discuss what it means to be a faithful shepherd of God’s flock. 

In this podcast interview, Brad details his personal journey into what it means to be a shepherd in light of God’s character (14:00), qualities about the life of a shepherd that are applicable to how we shepherd people in our churches (20:00), how NewSpring Church shepherds their large congregation effectively (28:00), and more.

Don’t miss this incredible insight! You can listen to the interview by clicking the button below. 

Do Millennials really want pastors to teach on money and possessions?

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For the past 30 years, there have been varying levels of reluctance towards pastors who preach on the topics of money and possessions.  This reluctance began with people being turned off on the topic as a result of the televangelist scandals of the 1980s.  Fast forward to today, many skeptics are either coming back to church or testing the claims of Christ for the very first time.  As a result, there is concern that discussing the topic could confirm any pre-conceived fears these individuals may have and repel them from our churches. 

When it comes to skepticism, no group appears more skeptical than millennials.  So the question begs, do millennials really want pastors to teach on money and possessions?  The answer is ABSOLUTELY!!! 

Recently, we produced a free resource for pastors and church leaders entitled The Millennial Handbook: 16 Ways To Engage Millennials On Stewardship.  The following are some of the responses to the question asked above about why millennials deeply desire you teach them the topic of stewardship:

To download your copy of The Millennial Handbook, click the button below. 

  1. This is the first time they have ever had money.  Many simply do not know what to do with it.  They need help knowing how to steward it well.
  2. Millennials are the next generation of church leaders.  Churches can dramatically their discipleship by investing in and engaging them in leadership experiences.
  3. Because of the Great Recession, millennials have trust issues.  So do many of us but they came-of-age during one of the worst financial crises in American history.  This would obviously create a sense of skepticism to institutions and their relationship to money.
  4. Millennials are burdened by massive amounts of student loan debt.  In addition, they are entering a challenging job market.  They need a plan to get out of the slavery of debt. 

Generosity is what you want for people, not from them.  Once again, millennials desperately want you to teach them what the Bible says about money and possessions.  Your messages have the power to reduce their stress and position them to unleash countless resources which will bless a broken and hurting world.
What is one thing you learned from the four answers above that will help you better disciple your millennials and enhance your culture of generosity?  To receive the entire ebook - The Millennial Handbook: 16 Ways To Engage Millennials On Stewardship - at no cost click HERE.

What one pastor learned from his capital campaign.

  Pastor Mike Sorcinelli - New Day Church - Springfield, MA

Pastor Mike Sorcinelli - New Day Church - Springfield, MA

"I never dreamed in a million years I would be leading New Day Church in a capital campaign."  

These are the words of Senior Pastor Mike Sorcinelli of New Day Church in West Springfield, MA.

Pastor Mike and his wife founded New Day Church with three other couples.  He grew up loving God but never loved attending church because of how traditional it was.  Therefore, he planted this thriving non-traditional church which now runs over 800 in weekly attendance.  With its exponential growth, New Day needed significant and costly renovations.  Pastor Mike was faced with the challenge of raising significant capital but not at the expense of his passion for the Bible, discipleship and seeing people develop Christ-like character.

He recently wrote an article about his experience on his wonderful blog With Skillful Hands.  we wanted to share his thoughts with you.

I never in a million years dreamed I would be leading New Day Church in a capital campaign. I grew up hearing the horror stories of capital campaigns (i.e. the senior pastor was hospitalized during the process due to the stress, the church ran out of money in the middle of the project so construction had to stop, the church became completely focused on begging people for money, etc. etc. etc.). As a result of these horror stories, I had no interest in moving within 1,000 miles of a capital campaign (despite the encouragement from other leaders that I highly respect to do so). 

So my strategy was to simply trust the Lord for the money we need to completely renovate our building. Well, long story short, that strategy didn’t pan out. And initially, it threw me for a loop. I felt God had let me down. Here I had put my trust and faith in Him – because after all, He is Jehovah Jireh our Provider – and from my perspective, He wasn’t living up to His name. I felt irritated with God to be frank.

Out of necessity, not having the money we needed, I began to interview capital campaign companies and landed on INJOY Stewardship Solutions based out of Anderson, SC. I was so hesitant at first, but every step of the way I’ve seen the value and wisdom of hiring such a company.

  • They have a comprehensive plan that takes you from A-Z
  • They divide the whole process into four major stages
  • They give you “to do’s” for each stage
  • They hold you accountable to finish these “to do’s” on schedule
  • Etc. Etc. Etc.

I have been learning so many awesome things along the way. And surprisingly, a lot of what I’m learning has nothing to do with raising money! I hired them primarily to teach us how to raise money, and feel that I’m gaining so much more than I bargained for! I’m learning how to be a better leader and a better pastor. I’m seeing changes that need to be made in our church that will pave the way for smooth sailing into the future that God has for us. I am 100% convinced that the things I’m learning from them through this process, will benefit me as a leader and will benefit the mission of our church for years and years to come – long after the capital campaign is over.

So yesterday I was out at Ashely Resevoir (where I often go to pray) and here were some thoughts I believe God was laying on my heart. 

  • If just dropping the money in our lap was what was best for the advancement of our mission, for our church and for me as the lead pastor of our church, then maybe that’s what would’ve happened.
  • But since there are essential lessons I need to learn from this company, God decided to lead us in a different direction – not the direction I would’ve preferred, but in the best possible direction for the church, for our mission and for me.
  • It dawned on me for the first time that just because God led me in a different direction than I initially anticipated, that doesn’t mean he let me down. On the contrary, I am now of the firm conviction that God hasn’t let me down, rather has set me up for a more successful future than I ever could’ve had without learning what He is trying to teach me through the process of working with INJOY.

Despite my being a “late adopter” when it comes to capital campaigns, I am believing that in God’s grace and mercy, he has lined up the timing so that we are partnered together exactly when we need to be. 

Dare I say it? I am straight up excited about this capital campaign! I just know that when I look back on this season in the future, I’m going to say “Man that was tough! God totally stretched my faith! But what an amazing season of spiritual growth for me, for my staff and for the people of New Day! To God be the glory!”

If you want what happened at New Day Church to happen at yours, click HERE and start a conversation today!

Instant Replay: How to Stop The Summer Slump Online Event

Pastors and church leaders face a significant amount of pressure.  Some of it is self-imposed, but sometimes the calendar creates a sense of tension for us.  Summer is one of those seasons because churches often face attendance and giving slumps.
Yesterday, INJOY Stewardship President/CEO Joe Sangl addressed these issues in an online coaching session entitled: "How to Stop The Summer Slump."  It was such an AMAZING time of teaching, and we didn't want you to miss it.
Simple click here for the FREE On-Demand replay.
We'll discussed the power of digital giving, how to implement a 90-Day Giving Challenge, and how to leverage vision for maximum growth.
As a leader, you can’t afford to miss this. Just click HERE to get this coaching.

How To Increase Church Attendance This Summer

The main reason attendance wanes during the summer is because church leaders know many people will be gone, so they back off funding for vision-driven initiatives. They reason that spending on summer initiatives isn’t the best use of giving dollars because of the summer slump. In doing so, it creates a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Think about it for a minute. Failing to prepare for and fund summer initiatives ensures the summer slump will happen!
One way to reduce or eliminate the slump is to offer EPIC events throughout the summer. These are amazing moments created to engage your people and compel them to stick around.

EPIC is an acrostic for: Every Person Is Coming
An event becomes EPIC when it has the following two characteristics:
1. Vision-driven
2. Compelling
Joseph Sangl, the President/CEO of INJOY Stewardship Solutions, will unpack this idea in more detail during his FREE online coaching session entitled “Stop Summer Slump” airing this Wednesday, May 16th at 2:00 PM EST.  This one hour, interactive time will Joseph will feature a conversation on BIG events and the following:
·         How to PREPARE to STOP the summer giving slump.
·         How to implement a 90-Day Tithe Challenge.
·         The importance of digital giving and its effect on summer generosity.
·         And much, much more!
You do not want to miss this!  Sign up TODAY by clicking HERE!  Get your entire team together and let’s learn how to increase ATTENDANCE and GIVING this summer!