Feasibility Study For A Mission Campaign

This is an exciting time for St. Peter’s! Church leadership has spent the past several months discerning the direction in which we think the Lord is calling us, that we might fulfill, even more deeply and faithfully, our vision through a mission campaign.

This page will be kept up to date with information on our potential Mission Campaign.

Latest Mission Campaign News

  • Jan 26 Meet & Greet Your Questions, Their Answers
    The following are questions asked by St. Peter’s members who were at the January 26 Meet & Greet with Richie and Rachel Musser. The questions are listed in the order they were asked during the session. Answers were provided by Richie Musser. Q: You make mention that you hope to interview a number of people … Read more
  • About our Feasibility Study
    As we begin this new year, St. Peter’s celebrates all that God has given to us. As many of you know, we have spent much of the past year envisioning the future of our church and where we, as a congregation, wish to see ourselves grow. Before we consider launching a mission campaign, it is … Read more
  • Q & A: Our Feasibility Study Consultants
    Richie and Rachel Musser will be leading us through a Feasibility Study as we discern a Mission Campaign. They will be with us in person on January 26, 2020 during our worship services and the Sunday School hour. Be sure to introduce yourself! Background: St. Peter’s leadership recently blessed the hiring of Richie and Rachel … Read more
  • Welcome the Mussers
    This is an exciting time for St. Peter’s! Church leadership has spent the past several months discerning the direction in which we think the Lord is calling us, that we might fulfill, even more deeply and faithfully, our vision through a mission campaign. In order to consider launching a campaign, it is important for leadership … Read more

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a mission campaign?
A mission (or capital) campaign seeks to raise a set amount of money for specific purposes over a defined period of time.
What would we be raising money for in this campaign?
The pastors and lay leaders envision three components of a campaign aligned with our vision statement. Some of the raised possibilities for projects are noted for each component. These are examples only, not a comprehensive list:
  • Loving God
    • Worship needs, e.g. AV systems
    • Stewardship of property, e.g. heating and cooling system, parking lot, furniture
  • Loving Neighbor
    • Safety
    • Mission outreach, social ministry, and global missions, e.g. Busoka
  • Making Disciples
    • Education, e.g. Christian Education
    • Worship needs, e.g. music ministry
That seems like a lot of things! Can we do them all?
Maybe! A feasibility study will assess the capacity, capability, and readiness of the congregation to launch a successful campaign.
What exactly is this feasibility study?
A feasibility study is the first phase of campaign planning, conducted by an external fundraising consultant. Its goals are to:
  • discern the congregation’s vision for ministry
  • determine how this is connected to the hopes and dreams for additional resource needs
  • gauge the members’ level of understanding of resource needs and willingness to support the mission
  • gather the necessary input and data to develop an effective path for the appeal process.
In short, we have many good mission goals within our congregation and this will help us prioritize which ones can be supported.
Why do we need to hire a firm to raise money when we could just do it ourselves?
Churches often need fundraising experts to help guide their capital campaigns. These experts help provide the necessary resources to allow churches to execute these campaigns. While St. Peter’s has members with past and current fundraising skills and experience, this is too big of a job for our staff and volunteers to undertake.
How will we pay for the feasibility study?
Thanks to a generous donor, a lead gift has been made to fund the study. Much like the donation given to cover the Volunteer Steward position, both the donation and the expense will appear in the 2020 budget and will offset each other.
We still have mortgage debt. Shouldn’t we raise money to pay that off before we undertake more projects?
Different people are motivated to support different types of needs. The feasibility study will consider a variety of funding opportunities, including debt reduction. But we also have some pressing property needs that can’t wait until the mortgage is paid off.
Why can’t we just put these things in the 2020 budget and pay for them that way?
While our annual giving covers our annual regular operating expenses, it is not realistic at this time to believe it could cover a major capital expenditure (for example, a new heating and cooling system for the church).
We have a lot of money in the endowment! Can’t we just use that to pay for these things?
An endowment fund is an investment fund set aside for specific purposes. Guidelines state that only a portion of the interest made on those funds may be used for expenses. The fund’s principal (i.e. the original amount contributed to start the fund) may only be used in an emergency. If we had a disaster and no line of credit or ability to borrow, we could use those funds, but that isn’t the case..