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Raise Capital Campaign Process

Capital Campaign Process

You’ve decided you want to hold a Capital Campaign … Now what? In addition to contacting Disciples Church Extension Fund, a number of questions remain. Knowing the answers is critical to the success of your campaign.


What is your purpose/vision? How does this relate to your ministry as a congregation? Remember, people donate to a vision, not a Capital Campaign.


What is the project? New building construction? Renovation? Debt reduction? Property/building purchase?

Campaign theme

How does the theme reflect your ministry and the project? How will members connect with the theme?

Campaign timing

Because a Capital Campaign can take anywhere from eight to 12 weeks, finding the best place on your church calendar can make a difference.

Campaign goal

In consultation with Disciples Church Extension Fund, your campaign goal is determined by your congregation’s fundraising capacity as it relates to the project. To visualize your goal, we will help you set your goal based on the following factors:

  • Participating membership
  • Average worship attendance
  • Offering income
  • Number of giving units


A variety of factors unique to your congregation may affect your goal range, including:

  • Financial position of your congregation’s membership
  • Local economy and recent Capital Campaigns
  • Perceived needs met by the project
  • Congregational conflict
  • Campaign leadership


A Disciples Church Extension Fund advisor can help you carefully consider your specific situation and determine your optimal goal range.

In summary, prayerfully connecting the project with your congregation’s ministry, determining leadership and your congregation’s capacity for raising funds, and deciding on the best time frame in which to conduct the campaign will enhance your chances for success.

To begin the process, we invite your campaign leaders to submit a request form and speak with our campaign advisors.

Contact Disciples Church Extension Fund 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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