The Missio Dei Ministry Services' Capital Campaign is the strategic process that is implemented in six (6) distinctive steps over a period of twelve (12) to eighteen (18) weeks.
Step 1 ~ Preparation: the most important part of the capital stewardship process is preparation. In this first step, the MDMS Consultant works with the staff and lay leaders to enlist and recruit an Executive Campaign Oversight Team, define the project, and develop a comprehensive campaign vision.
Step 2 ~ Organization: begins the process of embracing the congregation at large. MDMS will personally help enlist, recruit, and train the entire leadership team, ensuring each person and team receives clear instructions and executive-level coaching to guide the parish's success.
The Leadership Team is typically comprised of the following team positions:
- Campaign Directors (1 to 2 households who serve as the consultant's feedback group and as the chief lay spokespersons for the campaign)
- Campaign Coordinator (1 to 3 persons who serve as the primary liaisons and administrative assistants for the consultant, staff and campaign leadership)
- Vision-Casting Team (10 to 20 households whose primary purpose is to assist in communicating the vision of the campaign to the congregation at large)
- Home-Host Gathering Team (5 to 10 households whose primary purpose is to host a party/gathering in their home where information and inspiration about the project are shared in an intimate setting)
- Ministry Celebration Team (10 to 20) households who create in worship a celebratory event that brings attention to and raises the awareness for the scope of ministry that takes place and through the church on a weekly basis. This event is designed to raise the level of appreciation for the vast outreach of the church through its ministries)
- Spiritual Cultivation Team (10 to 15 households who help lay the spiritual foundation for a successful campaign. They do this through a devotional, prayer-centered event or events)
- Communication Team (1 to 3 households responsible for working with recommended professionals to design and produce the various media support)
- Mailing Team (10 to 15 households responsible for the dissemination of all campaign-related materials)
- Hospitality Team (10 to 20 households who plan and prepare a church wide celebration event -- it might be a banquet on site, off site, etc.)
- Children and Youth Team (5 to 15 households responsible for teaching/enlisting the church's children and youth in Biblical stewardship and the point and purpose of the church campaign)
- Commitment Team (10 to 15 households responsible for encouraging widespread participation in the campaign)
- Follow-Up Team (4 to 6 households responsible for working with the consultant to monitor campaign success over the course of the campaign, regularly promote the progress of the campaign to the church during the campaign, and inform and encourage participation with newest members of the church)
Step 3 ~ Training: MDMS's consultant will personally train the lay leadership team. Training materials, manuals, guides, and samples of what other churches have done are provided by the consultant to each team and assist them to creatively prepare for their campaign task. Further, each team is trained on site by the consultant and, when not on site, the consultant is also available to the team, as well as the church staff 24/7 by telephone and e-mail.
Step 4 ~ Spiritual Cultivation: Soon after the team is trained, the church moves into what MDMS describes as a Spiritual Cultivation period. This is an important period, usually 4 weeks in length, when the leadership team, as well as the church family, enters a time of prayerful reflection regarding their personal involvement in the campaign. This is accomplished through a series of informational meetings, publications, events and personal visits designed to prepare members by calling them to prayer and faith.
Step 5 ~ Worship Emphasis: Merged with the period of spiritual cultivation, there are typically four weekends when worship includes a call to embrace the vision for the future. During this period, the consultant works closely with the staff in developing homilies, testimonies, and events all designed to lead the congregation on a spiritual journey of prayer and faith.
Step 6 ~ Follow-Up: receiving the commitments during the practical portion of the program marks the beginning of an entirely new effort. This new process outlines the follow-up procedures for the parish to take in order to continually deliver updated statistical information on the status of the entire giving process and the use of the monies received as they are applied to fulfill the vision of the program. To assist in the process, MDMS remains available to the Follow-Up Team and church staff throughout the duration of the campaign via cellphone, e-mail, and conference call, at no additional fee to the church.