Church Campaign Services

It's not about buildings. It's about building your vision for ministry.

You have a vision that will shape the future of your church. Whether you are seeking to conduct a capital campaign for new buildings, renovation/expansion, debt reduction, or any other type of fundraising, a church capital campaign can help your church take a big step forward in fulfilling your God-given vision for ministry. A capital campaign is hard work, however, and it takes thorough planning and careful management to complete it successfully.

That’s where we come in. We have helped conduct thousands of church capital campaigns that have collectively raised billions of dollars for churches just like yours.

Our church capital campaigns are crafted to include powerful preaching and teaching on Biblical stewardship, creative messaging, leadership challenges, and celebratory gatherings all working together in a way that will accelerate generosity to enable your church to meet its goals.

Capital Campaign

Our campaign is designed to lead your people to experience Biblical stewardship and generosity as a spiritual pilgrimage, a God-led adventure and a journey of discovery. By giving the church-body time to transition from verbal acceptance of the proposed plan to a heart commitment to support it financially, the campaign is, ultimately, more successful. People will support what they help create. Our follow-up services provide an ongoing commitment to help churches achieve their objectives during the three-year giving period of a campaign.

Pre-Campaign Feasibility Study

Our study is designed to inform your people about the church's plan and to determine if any concerns might surround the plan. In a confidential setting, your people are given an opportunity to offer guidance and counsel through personal interviews and a church-wide questionnaire. The study will provide valuable information about a household's willingness to give, determine the total financial potential for the church-body and help set realistic goals and objectives for the plan.

Annual Campaign

Our annual campaign is designed to raise the standard of giving by increasing tithes and offerings for the ongoing mission and ministry needs of the church. We will cultivate and challenge your people to prayerfully consider increasing their annual giving. This can be a stand-alone program or be in conjunction with a capital campaign.

InFocus Workshop

Our workshop looks beyond the walls of the church, examining the demographics of your community and trends in church ministry as well as current and future facility needs within the context of your church's unique calling. The goal of the workshop is to build a consensus within the church and set the stage for a successful capital campaign that is supported by all the members both emotionally and financially.






Testimonials

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Dr. Charles Florio | President Emeritus, Northeast Texas Community College, Mount Pleasant, Texas

“Cargill Associates provided us with critical information based on their knowledge and expertise in fundraising which put our College on the path of excellence in the area of Institutional Advancement. The beneficiaries – our students, employees and community – will be ever grateful to the Cargill professionals for the leadership they provided.”

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Rev. Ann Hultquist | Pastor, Cross of Christ Lutheran Church, Broomfield, Colorado

“Cargill Associates was a great blessing as a partner for our capital campaign! Everything our consultant provided for us was professional and also spiritually based. Our congregation grew in faith and also raised the funds we needed to complete a $1 million dollar building addition.”

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Frank Holmes | Vice President for University Advancement, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas

“Cargill Associates provided valuable assistance for the first campaign in our university’s history, which secured more than $61 million for a $50 million goal. Counsel was with us every step of the way. In addition to funding critical priorities, that campaign positioned Sam Houston to attain even greater fundraising success. Cargill gave us the confidence and support to make it happen.”

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Brent Baker | Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Weatherford College, Weatherford, Texas

“The depth and scope of Cargill’s Survey afforded us a realistic view of the interest, understanding, awareness and financial commitment of our potential leaders and community. It gave us a clear view of the perceptions, misperceptions and obstacles that we would face in our campaign so that we might prepare to address them with our meetings and mailings. From the information garnered through the Pre-Campaign Survey, Cargill tailored a comprehensive “friend” raising and fundraising campaign to meet the unique personality of our college and community. We surpassed campaign goals that quadrupled the largest campaign in the school’s history. I truly believe the “friend” raising was as beneficial as the fundraising. Our partnership with Cargill was key in the campaign’s success. When the time comes to do this again, we will call Cargill Associates.”

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Dr. Andrew Westmoreland | former President, Ouachita Baptist University, Arkadelphia, Arkansas

“I can easily and willingly vouch for the effectiveness of Cargill. They actually listen to their clients, shaping the Cargill program to fit individual needs. I’ve never known anyone with Cargill to betray a confidence, which is an important consideration for all of us who are directly engaged with cultivating and soliciting donors. In addition, they don’t allow their attention to drift to everything in a development office except fundraising.”

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Dr. Will Smallwood | Vice President for University Advancement, Oklahoma Baptist University, Shawnee, Oklahoma

“In 2011, Oklahoma Baptist University launched a five-year, $42 million, Vision for a New Century Capital Campaign - its largest in history - to significantly impact every area of the University. Across the board administrative changes and more than a decade since the last campaign demanded a strategic and focused effort. From the feasibility study, to case stating, to development training, Cargill Associates' campaign consulting positioned us for success and enabled us to surpass the campaign goal with more than a year to spare. Without a doubt, Cargill's partnership mattered.”

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Dr. Bob R. Agee | former President, Oklahoma Baptist University, Shawnee, Oklahoma

“Oklahoma Baptist University has benefited significantly from our relationship with Cargill Associates. The Cargill approach works.”

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Dr. Michael C. Blackwell | President/C.E.O., Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina

“It's been our great joy to work closely with Cargill Associates on three major Capital Campaigns. All three - Give a Child a Chance, Light Their Way, and Sharing Hope...Changing Lives - far exceeded their goals. Paul Blevins, our consultant on all three campaigns, is illustrative of the top-notch staff at Cargill. Cargill communicates frequently, coaches both staff members and volunteers, and strives with great success to understand the mission and culture of any organization they serve. If we ever do a fourth Capital Campaign, it goes without saying that we will once again turn to Cargill Associates.”

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Wini Klein | President of the Congregation, First Christian Church, Fort Worth, Texas

"We at First Christian Church have just completed our main portion of the Capital Campaign which was ably assisted by Cargill Associates. Our consultant made the experience an exciting and rewarding one. He led us every step of the way to success, making all of us feel good about our efforts, our church, our stewardship and our faith. We had set our goal at $600,000 and are at $800,000 with more still coming in. Our congregation is now energized in many ways above and beyond just repairing our 100-year old building.”

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Dr. Michael L. Hanes | former President, Georgia Southwestern State University, Americus, Georiga

“The staff at Cargill Associates provided valuable guidance during critical periods of planning and implementing our institution's major campaign. Much of the great success of our campaign can be attributed to the solid foundation that Cargill Associates helped us establish early on in the campaign.”

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J.C. Mauldin | former Stewardship Committee Leader, Hillside United Methodist Church, Woodstock, Georgia

"Cargill did a terrific job for Hillside and I was proud of our partnership with them."

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Jim Alexander | Senior Pastor, Cheyenne Mountain Presbyterian Church, Colorado Springs, Colorado

"Ministry has been in full swing since we rejoiced over moving into our new building and community. Attendance is up over 40% in three months and giving is starting to reflect the fact that new members are catching the vision. We received over 112% of our pledge during our Cargill-led campaign, and we've received over another $15,000 in the six months since our campaign ended."

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Dr. Lanny Hall | former President, Hardin-Simmons University, Abilene, Texas

“Cargill Associates has been a partner with Hardin-Simmons University in the planning and implementation of several capital campaigns. During these campaigns millions of dollars have been raised, buildings constructed, main campus renovations completed, endowments grown and scholarships established that may not otherwise have been possible. I am pleased to recommend Cargill Associates for your consideration.”

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Mark Deffenbacher | Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Fresno Pacific University, Fresno, California

“We were facing tough economic times and had an overcommitted staff. Cargill Associates provided valuable counsel in utilizing volunteers, in broadening our donor base, and in launching the most ambitious campaign in our 64 year history. With increased confidence and skills, our advancement team is now positioned to create significant growth into the future. Cargill Associates delivers accountability, advice, structure, experience, and team work.”

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Vicki Pugh | Vice President for Development, Palm Beach Atlantic University, West Palm Beach, Florida

“By working with Cargill Associates, we were able to successfully run an $18 million campaign from start to finish. Our Trustees valued the structure and strategy that our consultants brought to the process. Thorough pre-campaign interviews, goal setting and timeline review, Cargill Associates helped us develop the confidence that we needed to start our campaign strong and surpass our goal. Our consultants were with us every step of the way. Calls, visits and reports kept us on plan, even during the most hectic times in our academic calendar. We are truly blessed to have Cargill Associates as our campaign partners.”