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Wildewood Christian Church

Wildewood Christian Church in Oklahoma City, OK ran a capital fundraising campaign with DCEF to pay off its second mortgage and have money for current and additional ministries.

Deciding to organize a Capital Campaign to raise money for a specific purpose — existing debt reduction, property/building purchase, new construction, renovation, relocation — can be one of the most empowering events within the life of your congregation. Done right, your ministry will flourish. Done poorly, your ministry can fall flat.

Capital Campaigns can fail for many reasons … such as spending too much or too little money on the campaign, or perhaps not adequately marketing the campaign within the congregation. Whatever the reason, in this economic climate, your congregation cannot afford a poorly executed Capital Campaign.

We are here to help. On average, congregations working with Disciples Church Extension Fund (DCEF) raised 95.2 percent of their Capital Campaign goals.

Our advisors will work with you to design the best campaign to fund your congregation’s vision. If you cast the vision, we’ll guide your next Capital Campaign.

Success Story

Congregation uses customized fundraising service with success

Because their past experience with DCEF had been positive, First Christian Church in Lawrenceville, GA came to our ministry for assistance with their campaign through our Capital Fundraising Service.

An advisor worked with the church to assess its fundraising capacity through a feasibility study, so its campaign goals could be realistic and achievable. Then, the advisor and the campaign leadership determined what resources they would need to conduct a campaign that spoke to the unique needs, personality and ethnicity of the church and the project they sought to fund.

These resources were then customized for the church and uploaded to unique DCEF website pages that only the congregation could access. This electronic approach to the fundraising process enabled the congregation to personalize their resources even more and share them more easily as they went through their campaign. It also kept the cost of the campaign low (already very competitive with other fundraising organizations), which meant more money was available to fund their project.

Using these online resources, advisors then walked alongside the congregation during personal visits and through phone and email to ensure the campaign stayed on track and headed toward success.

That’s the way it worked for Lawrenceville. They exceeded their goal.

Contact DCEF advisors at to find out how we can partner with you.
Or call 800.274.1883
En español: 866.534.1949

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