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Wyden Your Horizons at the General Synod of the United Church of Christ
As I write this newsletter, I am preparing to leave for the 25th gathering of The United Church at General Synod in Atlanta. I am going there to learn and to offer assistance, since many National Denominational Offices, Judicatories, Conferences, and churches are experiencing difficult financial times. There are many factors that impact this condition. Some of the factors relate to attitudes and demographics.
Many people, who have not been raised in the church, have an aversion to participating in and supporting traditional and/or large organizations. The unpredictable national economy is causing some members to be fearful about their own finances, and to consequently give less generously to their churches. Church membership roles are also shrinking as older members die, and younger members fail to join churches in comparable numbers.
None of these factors, however, are really the root cause of the shortage of funds to support the ministries of the church. God has provided abundant resources in the possession of the members of churches to fully fund the required ministries of churches and judicatories.
The root cause of the problem is that we do not use adequate systems for fund-raising and Faith-raising. Many churches do not know how to motivate their members to give as they are able, to support their ministries, and are hesitant to secure professional guidance. Many Judicatories do not have an official Development Office that has proficiency in fund-raising.
In contrast, thriving churches are not hesitant to secure the professional guidance that they need to enable their ministries to be financially supported. In addition, most successful, large non-profit organizations that are comparable to Judicatories, Conferences, or Denominational Offices have Development Offices with the proficiency to conduct programs that enlist the financial support of their membership to support their programs.
We specialize in providing professional guidance to churches, judicatories, and non-profit organizations which enables them to raise the funds they need for their Operating Budget needs, or to renovate or make additions to their facilities. Our Wyden Your Horizons Operating Budget Program typically enables churches to increase their annually giving for Operating Budget needs by 15-35%, and our Joy of Generosity Capital Fund Campaign Program can enable churches to raise 3-13 times existing giving levels for renovation of facilities and/or for new buildings. Our staff has personally conducted over 350 successful fund-raising campaigns.
One of the smaller membership Conferences of the United Church of Christ recently completed a Capital Fund Campaign with our guidance that raised in excess of $1,100,000 -- about three times what that conference had ever raised in any such endeavor. These funds enabled this conference to renovate its two camps and to initiate several new church starts. We also had a good experience with the American Baptist Denominational Offices enabling them to increase proceeds for an Annual National Offering.
We are inspired to participate in such efforts that strengthen members' faith in God's providing, and to raise the funds required to provide increased ministries for congregations and communities. We are blessed to be involved in this specialized faith-raising ministry and would be very pleased to assist more churches, conferences, or judicatories with their fund-raising efforts.
We are hoping to provide a service that can enable these entities to Wyden Their Horizons at the United Church of Christ's General Synod. My colleague, Jim Reese, and I will be staffing an exhibit in the Evangelism and Financial Ministries of the Exhibit Hall. We will be available to provide free of charge consultations at the Synod, to meet with representatives of churches who would like to receive input on how to improve their Operating Budget Campaigns, or to discuss how to prepare to conduct a successful Capital Fund Campaign for renovations or additions to facilities.
We will also be glad to meet with Judicatory representatives to discuss how we might assist them with increasing the amount of funds they receive for their Operations, or how they may conduct Capital Fund Campaigns to renovate their camps or other facilities, or to raise significant funds for other purposes.
In addition to being at our booth, we will be participating in the General Synod meetings as visitors. We look forward to seeing many friends at the Synod. If you are not attending the General Synod and would to receive a free of charge telephone consultation please feel free to call us on toll-free line 1-888-245-5826 to arrange an appointment. We'll be happy to be in contact with you.
Rev. Bill VanderWyden
VanderWyden Consultants, Inc.
ABOUT VANDERWYDEN CONSULTANTS, INC...
VanderWyden Consultants provide professional fund-raising guidance to
non-profit organizations and churches who need assistance with their
fund-raising, including Comprehensive Financial Feasibility Studies,
Capital Fund Campaigns, Stewardship Operating Budget Campaigns, Planned
Giving Campaigns, as well as Evangelism and Membership Growth Campaigns.
Our staff has conducted over 350 successful campaigns throughout the
United States. Our Capital Fund Campaign program can help churches raise
as much as 13 times existing giving levels, and our Operating Budget
Stewardship program results in increases of 10-35%.
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