November 24, 2014

Summer Creek’s “Beyond Ordinary” Campaign

beyond ordinary cover-small-2When a church plant with 75 families walked through their first campaign, expectations were ‘cautiously optimistic’ for raising the funds for their first building. With the clarity-first focus of Campaigns by Auxano, Summer Creek Baptist Church far exceeded their goal with pledges of over $1.72 million – roughly four times the church’s annual income. What’s more spectacular is the incredible buy-in and ownership of the church’s vision by the congregation. They advanced the mission dramatically while raising funds.

Meeting in a local elementary school tucked into the rapidly-growing northeast corner of Houston, TX, Summer Creek Baptist Church first met with our Campaigns staff at the beginning of 2013. A short five months later, this church full of young families shattered all expectations on their Commitment Sunday. Says a team member of the church, “The way we communicated our campaign, combining the strategic part of our Vision Frame with an enthusiastic prayer strategy, provided high involvement from the entire congregation.” Giving not to a building, but to a vision has this church already in the design phase of their first campus, with plans to break ground only one year after beginning the Campaigns by Auxano process.

Their campaign was aptly named “Beyond Ordinary” – and the results have been exactly that. “Knowing the Mission, Values, Strategy & Measures – (the Vision Frame) – helped to create a foundation and direction for us. Being a young church plant, we needed this to build on for not only our campaign, but the future of our church,” concluded the team member.

September 8, 2012

Vision Planning vs. Long Range Planning

FBC PrattvilleVision Planning vs. Long Range Planning

Travis Coleman has been the lead pastor of First Baptist Church in Prattville, AL since 1989. During his time as leader the church has experienced consistent growth year after year, they have engaged in many building projects, and multiple long range plans. The formula for growth remained consistent making ministry appear to be a rather simple task.  Then things changed.  The church hit a plateau, then a slight decline. Younger churches were starting around them and doing quite well.  The growth of their city shifted and the church debt appeared to be an obstacle they had to conquer.  Read More