As we continue in our My Life stewardship journey, it occurred to me that we are doing stuff differently than in the past. For the first time...
- We are trying to raise $10 million. If we make it, that will be 65% more than the most we've ever raised.
- We are planning to build with cash. We won't be borrowing money for this phase.
- We asked our entire staff to block their calendars for 7-weeks.
- We are working with RSI, a group that helps churches raise money. I talked more about them here.
- We have wrapped most of the campaign activities around the weekend services. Rather than stacking a bunch of events on top of an already full calendar, we are using the times people are already gathering to present the vision.
- We are meeting individually with people who have shown a huge interest in the vision. Without hesitation, we are asking them to help.
- We are finishing the campaign in a relatively short time. Only 7-weeks from launch until we ask for commitments. For comparison, in 2004 it was 13-weeks.
- A portion of what we are raising money for is not on campus. The first money that comes in will go toward our Community Center in downtown South Bend.
- We have coordinated the teaching at every age level. Every child in my family, every student in youth ministry, every college student and adult--we will all be learning about stewardship and investing in the vision.
- We are emphasizing life change stories like never below. We felt like that was a miss in 2004, so we are purposely swinging the pendulum far in the other direction.
It's all over in a few weeks. Stay tuned for results.