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
Jim and Janice were active members of their church and involved at the District and national levels as well. In fact, Janice was planning to enroll in divinity school. She and Jim got drawn into the planning for the expansion of their church building, and Jim became the director of the capital campaign committee. When it came time to make their pledge, they chose to defer the purchase of a new car and the remodeling of their kitchen so that they could make a substantial investment in the future of their church.
Look for another story from David Rickard in the coming weeks!