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Go therefore and make disciples. -Matthew 28:19
When a church has a capital campaign, everyone seems to have the same kind of question - Are we building? What does the building look like? What color will the carpet be? Or perhaps, what debt are we eliminating? What am I going to get out of this? What is my part to play?
Fundamentally, all of those "what" questions are far and away the least important questions to ask. The most important question in a capital campaign challenge is not what, but WHY.
Why are you building? Why are you expanding ministries? Why are you eliminating debt so the church can invest itself better in ministry programs? Why is your church here? Why are you here?
No church builds a structure just to have a nice building. No church expands ministries just to be a bigger church. No person makes a sacrificial financial commitment just to get some kind of service or program benefit. People - and churches - do not give their lives or their resources or their selves to a building or to a program or to being bigger. What people will give their lives to is a God-given purpose, a higher calling. So the most important question to answer in any capital campaign is not what are you doing, but WHY are you are doing it.
Why is your church doing these things? In other words, what does God call this church to be and to do? What is the purpose God calls you and your church to? And how does this capital campaign provide tools for your congregation to respond to that calling?
The last commandment Jesus spoke for every Christian was, "Go ... make disciples of all nations ... teach them all that I have commanded you." Every church and every Christian has a God-given purpose. Why are we building? To be and to do what God calls us to be and to do. This campaign is not simply about buildings or finances. This campaign is about reaching and teaching and changing the lives of people with the good news of Jesus Christ. The resources raised provide the necessary tools to help us better reach, better teach, more effectively change the lives of those people.
You needed Christ. Your life has been reached, taught, changed by the witness and ministries of this church. Would you like for other people to have a story of faith to tell and a purpose for their lives? Their stories depend now on your faithfulness.
Action Item: Make a list of WHY these projects are important. How many people will they help your church reach? How many people will they help your church teach? Can you put a value on what changing those people's lives may be worth? When you focus on the WHY question, how important do these projects become for you?