A successful campaign is both strategic and at the same time deeply spiritual. From a spiritual perspective, God is the source of all things. God’s powerful plans and dreams are given to his people. Extraordinary things are accomplished when organizations are led by people who truly believe in the concept of God’s divine, active work.

The Apostle Paul prays in Ephesians 3:20, 21: “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”

Churches also need strong, functional management. The church’s mission is subdued or even thwarted when functional organizational management is not present. Peter Drucker states, “The function of management is to make the church more church-like, not to make the church more business-like.”   

In a capital campaign, two distinct worlds must converge: the discipline of solid management and the spiritual realm. Can these two co-exist and collaborate? Absolutely! Jesus had a plan. Moses had a plan. Noah had a plan. Paul had a plan. Does your congregation have a plan?

The most effective campaigns are those which operate in this convergence. We get on our knees expecting God to do “more than all we ask or imagine,” but we get up off our knees to develop and implement an effective strategy to be the church.