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
Charlotte purchased a new car four years ago. The final payment was due shortly after the capital campaign began. She decided that she would make her pledge to her congregation’s building program the same as the car payment had been. After all, the car was in good condition and she would just make the check out to her church instead of GMAC.
Look for another story from David Rickard in the coming weeks!