As the economy slowly . . . very slowly . . . starts to recover, more congregations are asking for the support of Congregational Stewardship consultants. In some cases, congregations are asking for annual budget drive support. Some others are asking for strategic planning guidance and still others are asking us to lead them through a capital campaign.
In all cases, an assessment visit is the first step in a relationship between your congregation and one of our consultants. There are three outcomes of an assessment visit:
First, the visit provides an opportunity for your congregation to get an objective assessment from a stewardship consultant. Prior to the visit, you will have sent several documents to the consultant. Once on site, the consultant gathers more information in a series of meetings with key professional religious leaders and volunteer lay leaders.
Second, an assessment visit provides your congregation with specific recommendations to get “from here to there.” Based on all the gathered information, the consultant lists several steps necessary to allow your congregation to reach its long-term goals. These recommendations are given verbally at the end of the assessment visit, and are then followed by a written summary.
And third, an assessment visit clarifies how the Congregational Stewardship program can be helpful to your congregation. Since 1985, we have provided support to hundreds of congregations. Each consultant brings special skills, as well as the combined skills and experience of the other consultants. Each is prepared to guide and coach your congregation through all aspects of your comprehensive stewardship expectations.
Need more information? Please contact the Congregational Stewardship Services office for more information.
This is very helpful information for congregation leaders to be aware of, as so many are still dealing with the financial challenges posed by the economy. Thanks!