Abundant Giving - Church Capital Campaign
A Biblical, Flexible, and Effective church capital campaign to raise money for building or debt retirement
Church Capital Campaign - The Biblical Basis
The first church capital campaign was done in conjunction with the first church building project - the building of the tent of the tabernacle. The second church capital campaign was for the building of the temple. When people challenge the concept of a church capital campaign because they don’t see the term in the scriptures, it presents a wonderful teaching opportunity on a topic that is very dear to God, the stewardship of our money. Some will argue that they don’t see capital campaigns in scripture, and while the words “church capital campaign” does not appear in scripture, in these opportunities, I am quick to let people know that the word “trinity” also does not appear anywhere in the scriptures, yet it is a fundamental doctrine of Christianity.
In searching the scriptures, nowhere have I found a building program, capital improvement, or major repair paid for out of the tithe. In every case, an offering was taken up that was in addition to the existing tithes and offerings. While we have no biblically documented cases of building programs in the NT, we do see a pattern of special offerings being taken up for special needs. In any case, OT or NT, we see that building and ministry projects were funded almost exclusively by the stewardship of the money and possessions that were made manifest in the lives of believers through the abundant grace of God. If your church needs to raise money for building and has not been saving for that occasion, then the most effective way to raise money for a building program is through a biblical church capital campaign.
Our Core Theology for the Church Capital Campaign
The core philosophy of of Abundant Giving is centered around 2nd Corinthians 9:8, "And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work." The header of this page summarizes the theology and practice of Paul's discourse on giving in Chapter 9 of 2 Corinthians in just 9 words: God's Abundant Grace => Enables Abundant Giving => Accomplishing Abundant Work. While not a true alliteration, it does roll off the tongue nicely and provides a concise outline of the church capital campaign. God's abundant grace enables believers to give, not just of their money, but also time and talents in order to accomplish good works. Our church capital campaign was named for this principal.
While one could wish that the church capital campaign might be accomplished from just teaching people what the bible says, it's not that easy. Moses had a monumentally successful campaign by coming down off the mountain and saying "The Lord says..."
Sadly it does not work like that today. First of all, pastor, if the the truth be known, you aren't Moses (hopefully this does not pop your bubble). Secondly, you don't have God up on Mount Sinai visible behind you in the cloud and the thunder and lightning. Lastly, you are not preaching (for the most part) to a people that already understand and practice true biblical giving. Because of these factors, we have to work at it a little harder over a period of time in a process we call a church capital campaign. Follow the link for more on the biblical basis of our church capital campaign.
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