The preparations for a church capital campaign are as essential as the implementation and execution for the strategies. This course overviews the steps to assess readiness for a church capital campaign as well as the key strategies utilized for a majority of major firms as considered “best practices.”
It is suggested participants read Michael Reeves book, Extraordinary Money as a supplemental resource.
During the course, participants will learn to:
1. Identify needs that can be incorporated into a capital campaign such as facilities, missions, ministry and endowment.
2. Develop a case to enhance the mission and vision of a church
3. Create a gift chart with goals versus objectives
4. Conduct a feasability study
5. Define campaign leadership positions
6. Identify lead gifts
7. Coordinate a campaign timeline
8. Assess when to use outside counsel for a campaign
Participants are encouraged to continue training through personalized coaching.
Participants may take courses in any order over multiple semesters, but the recommended sequence is:
- Stewardship 101: Cultivating Generous Givers - Aug. 27, 2015
- Stewardship 201: Next Steps for Cultivating Generous Givers - Sept. 17, 2015
- Creating a Planned Giving Strategy - Oct. 29, 2015
- What, Why & How of a Capital Campaign - Nov. 19, 2015
- Endowment Strategies for Mission & Ministry - Dec. 3, 2015
Participants may take one, multiple, or all five seminars.
Participate in the interactive seminars at our Cleveland Center classroom or via webinar.
Rev. George D. Cooper, an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church with extensive fundraising experience, was named the Executive Director of the Council on Development for the West Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church in November 2010.
As an elder serving in the East Ohio Conference, Rev. Cooper led his churches toward an understanding and implementation of a theology of stewardship as a key factor in their successful growth and health.
Rev. Cooper holds a Masters of Divinity from Ashland Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Math-Physics from the State University of New York at Fredonia.. He and his wife, Rosemary (Dolly), relocated to the Columbus area. They have two grown sons and two grandchildren.