I spend most of my ministry/working hours helping churches raise big dollars for big projects. It's a calling and I love helping churches pull off something really huge.
After 20+ years of doing this,I have come up with a handful of "essentials" and I thought I would share some of them with you. I will list them in no particular order.
1. Money flows to vision<. I can't recall how many times I have been asked, "Bob, what do I have to do to raise $$$$ ( you can put in your amount)? My answer has always been the same, "If you want to raise a million dollars, it takes a million dollar vision."
2. Sooner rather than later you have to decide if your project is a NEED or a WOULDN'T IT BE NICE. Money is tight and people do not give to wouldn't it be nice and people are smart they can tell the difference between the two.
3. Always, always, always show the kingdom impact of your project.
4. I believe the number one issue I have faced over the last 20+ years, is getting pastors to believe that their people will give. There is no need to offer an apology for asking for a financial commitment...if YOU are going to make a commitment yourself.
5. Finally, expect the best from your people and the best way to do this is to set a great example for them.
I will continue this in my next post. If in the meantime you can check my website at www.therelevantgroup.com
Enjoying the drive!