To decide if now is the time, leaders must ask questions like:
- Is God blessing our church with growth?
- Have we responded creatively to the pressures on our space, and have we done everything we can to meet space needs short of a building campaign?
- Do we have momentum behind us?
- What counsel are we receiving from seasoned, godly advisors?
Another key question to ask is “What are donors doing in response to the present economic conditions?” And the answer is, despite an economy that continues to falter, Christians are increasing their giving. The “State of the Plate” survey reveals 43% of churches saw increased giving in 2010 over 2009. USA Today’s annual giving survey (released June 2011) shows a very sizeable increase in charitable giving for the quarter ending May 2011. Overall giving grew 11.3% for that three-month period compared to the same quarter in 2010.
This may or may not be the time for your church to launch a capital campaign. You will have to decide. But whatever you do, don’t make the decision based on what’s going on around you in the world. Make the decision based on what’s going on in your church, what the Holy Spirit is saying to your spirit, and the prayerful deliberation of informed church leaders.
How are you discerning the potential conflict between the movement of the Spirit and the present challenges in our economy?