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January 2009 - INSIDE THIS ISSUE. . .
1. You Can Raise Funds in These Tight Financial Times - Our Featured Church put Faith in Front of Fear and Produced Hope! Click
2. Putting Things in Perspective - Compared to what People had 100 years ago, We are Amazingly Fortunate in These Times Click
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Happy New Year! As this new year unfolds with a multitude of opportunities, we hope that you will find true happiness throughout the year. These trying financial times can be very difficult, but they also may be times that remind of what really makes for happy lives. As we are forced to do with fewer material possessions, we may be forced to turn back to the basics, and to find the wonder that we can be happy with far less than we thought. We may be reminded that true happiness is not a goal to be attained by striving, but it comes unexpectedly in the midst of life's journeys. Happiness can happen as we take the time to spend quality time with friends and loved ones, or as we reach out to help others in need and in the process lose our preoccupation with our own needs, or as we engage in spontaneous generosity to bring a smile to the faces of others or to meet a crying need.
These also can be times for opportunities to grow in hope, and in faith in God's abundant providing of the things that make for truly happy lives. As scripture reminds us, "Tribulation produces perseverance, and perseverance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint." and "Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen." (Romans 5: 3-5 and Hebrews 11:1)
In this first issue of Wyden Your Horizons for 2009, in our first article, we provide an inspiring
example of the fact that churches can actually raise significant funds for new
projects in the midst of these tough financial times. Our featured church
conducted its campaign right in the midst of the financial meltdown in our
country. This congregation demonstrated perseverance in the midst of that
tribulation, and as members gave sacrificially and generously, they grew in
by faith in God's providing, and produced hope for their community, and for
us. This campaign produced real evidence that when we step out in faith we
find that God is already there ready to greet us with love and to provide
what we need. Especially in these times, churches need to demonstrate that
hope abounds even in tough times, by replacing fear that is feeding on fear,
by putting faith in front of that fear. Ambitious Capital Fund Campaigns
that can produce real improvements in a community can provide a multitude of
opportunities for faith-raising, and for hope, and for discovering the Joy
At VanderWyden Consultants our mission is to enable individuals, churches, and non-profit organizations to Wyden their Horizons
by finding the Joy of Generosity by raising funds through
faith-raising. In our ministries we use programs that involve no-pressure on individuals to
give, but are rather "painless and pleasant." We have found that when members and donors give
because they want to, rather than being pressured to give, they give wholeheartedly and
give far more
generously than if
they had been persuaded into giving. We are happy to share our learnings about the great ministry of spreading the Joy of Generosity
through this newsletter. We also are happy to share the insights of our readers
in this newsletter. If you have
any ideas you would like to share, or if you like to discuss how our
services may meet your needs, please don't hesitate to call using our toll-free number: 888-245-5826.
The Congregational Church in South Glastonbury had a huge challenge. They would have to raise well over 5 times their present giving. They had come to the conclusion that they had to tear down the portion of their facility that houses their Fellowship Hall, their kitchen, their Sunday School and meeting rooms. The existing facility is not handicap accessible, it is not up to date to modern standards, and the classrooms have had a continuing mold problem. An integral part of mission of the congregation is to provide a warm welcome to all, and the present facility did not demonstrate that commitment of the congregation. The church leadership had explored all of the options that could enable them to avoid tearing down the facility, but had found none that would solve all of the problems with their existing facility. Having a new facility would solve all of the problems with their present facility and would provide them with a state of the art facility, which would be accessible to all. The new facility would "Embody the Spirit" of the congregation and would enable them to provide vital ministries to their members, community and the world.
They also were informed by their architect that in fact it would be less expensive to tear down the present facility and to build a new facility than to try to renovate the present facility to meet their needs. They then entered into a series of negotiations with their architect to create a design that addressed their needs most effectively. The final design resulted in a total budgeted cost exceeding $3,500,000. In keeping with the South Church commitment to mission, a modern tithe of 5% was added to the budget resulting in a total campaign goal of $3,700,000.
The Congregation voted to proceed with a campaign to raise those funds, and to use our services to assist them in conducting the campaign. The campaign began in the spring of last year and concluded in December. Obviously this campaign was conducted during the height of the economic financial collapse in our country. The congregation could have decided to postpone the campaign, but they illustrated that it is especially important for the church to put faith in front of fear in trying times, and to serve as a beacon of hope in the midst of the doom and gloom that we are hearing constantly from the media.
The campaign leadership worked very carefully to follow our proven faith-raising process. They also exercised great ingenuity in adapting the process to their congregation's unique personality. Campaign Chair, Jane Snyder DeMaio, was amazingly well organized and intent in following our process. She also recruited a very talented, dedicated Campaign Committee, who were very creative in the ways that they inspired their congregation.
The leadership of Rev. Dick Allen, the longtime Pastor of the church was also instrumental in the success of the campaign. Through his over two decades of ministry he had developed a great degree of trust and respect from his members, and he demonstrated great integrity in his pastoral role in the campaign. He helped the congregation to keep focused on its goal and reminded them of their mission and helped the congregation to keep its faith in the midst of what could have been fearful, trying times. Rev. Allen made the following comments on his experience of the campaign, "Though VanderWyden Consultants provides a complete, well-tested capital campaign strategy, we found our consultant to be very accommodating to our particular community with its particular strengths and challenges. Their process is Biblically based, laced with prayer, and faith-focused. In addition to exceeding our ambitious $3.7 million goal, we experienced the astounding growth that comes when people begin to share what their faith and their church mean to them. We emerged from our campaign a much healthier community because their Joy of Generosity process engages members in the conversation that matters most, our relationship to God."
When the campaign was concluded the congregation found that God truly does provide, as they raised over $3,765,000, well exceeding their very ambitious goal. Campaign Chair, Jane DeMaio made the following comment at the conclusion of the campaign, "We followed a well-organized, time-tested process that was flexible enough to be adapted to the style and preferences of our Church. The process itself was fairly straight-forward, the experience, however, was uniquely our own. I can say unequivocally that our Embody the Spirit campaign has strengthened the fabric of our faith community."
This congregation's campaign serves as a sign of hope for all of us in these
trying times. This congregation stepped out with faith to take on a great challenge,
trusted in God's love and the presence and guidance of the holy spirit as
they carried out their campaign . They realized that their mission was not
just to raise funds, but to raise faith in God's providing, and as a result
they found Joy of Generosity, and grew in their faith in God's generous
Happy New Year! 100 year ago life was very different, and in noting some of the facts of life in those times, we can realize that we are truly fortunate even in these trying times.
100 years ago-
The average life expectancy was 47 years
Yet in those times, when Americans lived with far fewer material possessions and with fewer luxuries than we have in these times, they still found happiness, joy, and hope. Top
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