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Capital Campaigns

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Truth for Christ and the Church

Founding Vision Not many people remember that Harvard University was founded to train young men as pastors. In accordance with that vision, Harvard's "Rules and Precepts," adopted in 1646, stated (original spelling and Scriptural references retained): Every one shall so exercise himselfe in reading the Scriptures twice a day, that he shall be ready to give such an account of his proficiency therein, both in Theoreticall observations of Language and Logick, and in practical and spiritual truths, as his Tutor shall require, according to his ability; seeing the entrance of the word giveth light, it giveth understanding to the simple (Psalm 119:130). Anyone’s Truth Today we have a hard time understanding the stiff language of the above paragraph. We also find it hard to imagine any student of Harvard University being expected to read the Scriptures two times daily. Much less to give account to his teacher of how the world worked under that kind of reference! Sadly, in the mid 1800’s, in order ...

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Soaring with Capital Campaigns

As your vision continues to grow you become more and more excited to you see new opportunities develop for your ministry. Then your financial team speaks aloud what you fear most: “This is going to require a lot of money.” (Or in other words, “You need to start a Capital Campaign.”) William E. Heller, the brilliant Sales Manager for General Motor’s Chevy division from 1933 to 1945, observed: “What the future holds for us depends on what we hold for the future. Hard working ‘todays’ make high winning ‘tomorrows.’” Now, let me pose a few questions. These questions will help guide you to a place where you view capital development as a valuable fulfillment of stewardship for your ministry and supporters. What have we done well in the past? “Count Your Blessings” was one of my daughter’s favorite bedtime songs when she was little. “Count your blessings, name them one by one. Count your many blessings, we’ll see what God has done.” After singing the song we would recall our big and the small blessings befor ...

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    “No one after lighting a lamp covers it with a jar or puts it under a bed, but puts on a stand, so that those who enter may see the light.”

    As a life-long student of management principles, I enjoy finding those sparks that bring light to a dark situation. It is my hope that this “lampstand” will provide you a bit of light.

    With a diverse background in media, corporate communications, and public sector employee training, I assist ministries in keeping their operation true to their vision, mission and goals.

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