The Nearly Costly Church Mistake

Starting a church campaign is not something many pastor’s jump up and down to start.  In fact, they do what they can to avoid them until they know it’s the right time to present it to the congregation.
In a church it’s a huge undertaking, not only for the staff and pastor but also for the congregation.  And while it’s an exciting time it’s also a very stressful time.


The key to completing a church campaign is money and communication.  But we aren’t talking about communication as in standing on stage every Sunday and reminding folks to give, or emailing them the link to where they can donate online to the fund.

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We’re talking about the PASTOR being a good listener.  It’s not just important when people are engaging with you in the hallways before or after church, but also when they aren’t. In fact, it has the potential to make or break the success of a church.
Pastor David McKinley offers a vulnerable assessment of his experience orchestrating a capital campaign. His initial notions of how to gauge buy-in from his congregation were proven wrong, much to his surprise.


At that moment he made a critical decision: he ripped all the pledge cards they had received the first Sunday. Listen to the story (5 minutes) about what what happened next…

An interview with David McKinley – Lead Pastor, Warren Baptist Church

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