Over the last 26 years I have served as a Congregational Stewardship Consultant for the UUA. During that time I have worked with over 135 of our congregations, some of them more than once. I have had the opportunity to talk with many people about how they made their decisions to support a capital campaign in their congregation. One technical note: Financial commitments to a capital campaign are usually paid over a three year period. Here is one of my favorite stories.
These stories are illustrative. They contain one common element. Persons with commitment to the vision of the church will find a way to give generously. Each of these stories involves people who “gave until it felt good.” And that really is the criterion for our success. Each pledge is important. Each person will give according to her or his commitment and will want to feel good about it.
David L. Rickard
UUA Congregational Stewardship Consultant
For ten years, Joan and Jackson had looked forward to retirement. In recent years, they had told their friends of their plans to avoid the cold, snowy winters in the northern city where they lived. Joan said, “You will not see us during January, February, or March. We will be in Florida.” As part of the campaign to fund a new church building, the couple (both former presidents of the congregation) was asked to give an endorsement during the Sunday service. Joan spoke for both. “We lied to you,” she began. “We will be here throughout the next three winters even though we have retired. We are pledging the money we would have spent in Florida to the capital fund drive.”
Look for another story from David Rickard in the coming weeks!