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[Webinar Replay] Underfunded: 4 Reasons Church Vision Stalls

Recently the Unstuck Group hosted a conversation with Joe Sangl, the President and CEO of INJOY Stewardship Solutions about church vision and the common challenges of funding it well.

Even an inspiring vision can stall out when funding falls short. And for many different reasons, money is an aspect of vision pastors often sidestep.

In the conversation, we touched on topics like:

  • The Un-Fundable Vision
  • Fundraising vs. Building a Generous Culture
  • The Campaign Trap
  • Not Knowing What You Don’t Know (and Proceeding Anyway)

If you missed out on the conversation, click here to get the webinar replay.

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Underfunded: 4 Reasons Why Church Vision Stalls

We believe in the power of a clear vision and a solid action plan to help churches move forward.

But too often, we see churches seek God for a vision, diligently plan for action and then hit a wall they don’t have to hit. We have seen passionate teams and inspiring visions stall out because one key aspect commonly receives too little focus…funding.

We often see church leaders sidestep this component of vision. No matter the effort and inspiration, an underfunded vision will result in a stagnant plan.

This is a conversation we’ve been having lately. We want to invite you into it. Join Tony Morgan, Joe Sangl and Marty Schmidt for a free webinar on Wednesday, Nov. 15 at 1pm EST.

Underfunded: 4 Reasons Church Vision Stalls

The conversation will center on the most common reasons we see church vision stall when it comes to funding.

You will learn to recognize and diagnose issues like:

  • The Un-Fundable Vision
  • Fundraising vs. Building a Generous Culture
  • The Campaign Trap
  • Not Knowing What You Don’t Know (and Proceeding Anyway)

Space is limited, so register asap. We hope to see you there!

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Casting Vision for the Next Chapter: Sun Valley Community Church

Back in the spring, I had the opportunity to facilitate a strategic planning retreat with the leadership team from Sun Valley Community Church. Sun Valley is a church with 7,000 people gathering in five locations in the Phoenix area. Many times, I don’t get the opportunity to see the vision move from the planning charts to reality. Because of that, I was encouraged to see this update. Check out the video below.


As I was listening to Chad give this update, these leadership thoughts came to mind:

1) Owners need updates.

If people invest prayer, time and money, they expect to hear about results.

2) The Lead Pastor can’t delegate vision-casting.

Although a team can develop new vision, the lead pastor is primarily responsible for casting the vision.

3) Multisite only works if you’re actually one church in multiple locations.

Sun Valley is Sun Valley in all five campuses. You get the same experience, the same teaching and the same ministry philosophy regardless of where you go.

4) It doesn’t take a big personality to lead a big church.

Chad is a strong leader and a great Bible teacher, but Sun Valley hasn’t experienced health and growth due to his personality. I personally think it’s due to the strength of the strategy and the team Chad has helped build.

5) It’s important to say “thank you.”

The vision can’t be accomplished without the contribution of people’s time, talent and treasure. If you’ve made an investment like that in the past, you know it’s good to hear “thank you.”

For more inspiration on how to cast vision for the future, check on Sun Valley’s website for details on The Next Chapter for how they plan to help people meet, know and follow Jesus.

About the Author: Tony Morgan
Tony is the Chief Strategic Officer and founder of The Unstuck Group. For 14 years, Tony served on the senior leadership teams at West Ridge Church (Dallas, GA), NewSpring Church (Anderson, SC) and Granger Community Church (Granger, IN). He’s written several books and articles that have been featured with the Willow Creek Association, Catalyst and Pastors.com.

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Navigating the Money Conversation at Church: A Practical Resource for Leaders

Most churches that create a strategic plan never quite figure out how to fund it.

I’ve seen it happen over and over: a leadership team creates a strong strategic plan and commits to working it. But, they get stuck when it comes to directing their resources to effectively fund the plan. Talking about finances with your leadership team is really tough. This is why many strategic plans end up only partially funded or shelved altogether.

You created your strategic plan because you care about your church’s future. But to implement it well, you have to have the hard conversations and wrestle with difficult questions like:

  • What ministries are a priority for growth?
  • What ministries should we bury?
  • Where are the best places to direct our funds?

It’s important to navigate this topic well with your team so that you can begin to align your budget with your strategy to fully fund your vision.

That’s why we’ve created a new eBook at The Unstuck Group called Funding Your Strategic Plan. It equips church leaders with the tools they need to:

  1. Critically assess their church’s budget and expenses.
  2. Develop a vision-minded budget around core growth engines.
  3. Change how you and your staff spend your money.

You’ll learn how to dissect the types of expenses in your plan, pinpoint missing links and hidden dollars, and identify wise and foolish budgeting. We’ll show you how to leverage your existing assets to generate extra income for your church and get started with a capital campaign. Plus, you’ll learn how to talk about money to your congregation–and inspire generosity in the process.

The future of your church is greatly influenced by how you direct your resources. Follow this link to get your copy and help lead your church to financial health.

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10 Questions to Answer Before you Begin a Building Campaign at your Church

Every Building Campaign raises important questions that have to be resolved by the senior leadership team of a church. It’s important that you take the time to wrestle these concerns and questions to the ground before you begin the public rollout of the campaign.

1. How much money are we willing to borrow?

Most leaders have strong opinions about this question and, interestingly, will make their case on the basis of faith regardless of their position. Some will say, “We should raise all the cash up front—let’s just trust God to provide.” Others will say, “We should build and borrow as much as we can—let’s just trust God to provide.” Regardless of your perspective, the church’s leadership needs to decide what you’re comfortable with and be able to articulate how and why you got there.

2. How much money are we trying to raise? Over what time period?

It’s crucial to determine how much money you feel comfortable raising and how long you feel comfortable raising money.

3. What will the Campaign budget be?

It takes money to raise money. How much will you allocate to the Campaign side of the project? Costs may include printing, postage, graphic design, other creative elements, or paying a Campaign Team Leader.

4. Will we accept pledges?

Once again, opinions vary on this question. How you choose to track and follow up with the pledges is also an important consideration.

5. Will we initiate special meetings with higher-capacity or more committed givers?

Campaigns where the Lead Pastor or other key church leaders meet with high-capacity givers do generate more money. Similarly, some Campaign strategists recommend having small group or one-on-one meetings with those who have given the most to the general fund. Both of these practices make some church leaders uncomfortable. Your team needs to figure out your comfort level.

6. Who will know who gives what?

Will the overall giving records be available to the Lead Pastor, staff members or other Campaign leaders? There are good reasons on both sides of the argument. You need to decide what you’re comfortable with.

7. What kinds of fundraising tools are we not comfortable using?

As soon as you begin to raise money, you’ll get people asking if they can utilize bake sales, car washes, dinners or other common fundraising ideas to raise money. You need to determine what you are and are not comfortable with.

8. How will the Campaign end?

You need to determine what will mark the end of the Campaign. Will it be a specific date? A certain dollar amount? What if you hit the date and the goal has not been reached? All of these kinds of questions need to be resolved.

9. How involved will people/members be in the decision making process?

For churches with higher congregational involvement written into their by-laws, this question may be answered more easily. For others, the leaders need to determine how much input church members will have and on what. Will you use focus groups to shape the design of the building? Will you vote on certain things? Will you simply make decisions with a small group and inform people?

10. How involved will the Lead Pastor be in raising money?

The Lead Pastor is crucial to the overall Campaign. But it needs to be determined which people he should meet with, which meetings he must attend, what information he has to distribute, and what things can effectively be led by others. A key question to ask is, “Does this information/vision/request need to be heard or does it need to be heard from the Lead Pastor?”


This is a guest post from my friend Luke Simmons who serves as the Lead Pastor at Redemption Gateway a growing multi-congregational church in Arizona. You can keep up with Luke on his blog here.

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