Through strategy and materials developed by the College for Bishops and The Episcopal Church Development Office, employing the best minds in financial development, membership marketing, congregational empowerment, and communications, we seek to make directly available to every church the teaching resources they need to raise funds and people.
Just imagine having access to a team of teachers within our own diocese trained to teach any clergy person or lay leader how to raise new money and new congregation members. Imagine having ready online access to hundreds of model documents needed in all aspects of development and membership marketing in which a church need only drop in names, type, and images. Imagine finding and downloading a major gifts teaching seminar, a planned giving program model, a membership campaign schedule or a pledge campaign plan with the click of a cellphone button. Imagine clergy and lay church leaders well-versed in all aspects of resource development so that their time is spent growing churches rather than ministering to anemic budgets.
We are seeking to change entire systems of church leadership around financial and human-resource development. We are proposing to accomplish this by training teachers to be effective adapters of materials and strategies so they fit the demographic, cultural norms, and available resources of their specific region. These teachers will then then equip their congregations for the work – remaining as consulting teams focused on teaching raising money and people for God’s mission.