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April 2010 - INSIDE THIS ISSUE. . .

1. Hopey Easter!
2. This is a Great Time to Ask People to Give and to Conduct a Capital Fund Campaign Click
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Hopey Easter! No that is not a typo, I really meant to say "Hopey Easter." Especially in times like these we need to be reminded that Easter is the ultimate verification that hope will be victorious. As I travel around the United States I hear many who have lost their sense of hope in these times. Many are still traumatized by the Global Economic Recession of 2008. They are consumed with fear that they won't have enough money. This preoccupation with money pervades their days, causing anxiety, stress, discouragement, depression and hopelessness.  Many members of churches seem to have developed amnesia about the cautionary teachings of Jesus regarding the folly of placing our faith in money, and treasuring and storing up materials possessions

In addition daily we are also accosted by many in the media who build and stir up their audiences by portending doom and gloom and by spreading misinformation and by maligning political leaders. I have done quite a bit of driving in going to neighboring churches lately. As I have scanned the radio dial I have been shocked by the level of mean spiritedness, negative slander and often outright lies that the "talk radio pundits" engage in. Perhaps the fact that these nasty individuals have large audiences is even more shocking. It seems that the more outrageous their claims and accusations the larger their audiences. I suspect that some of this may be due to the obvious fact that "misery loves company."

Not only is this a period of economic upheaval, but it also a time of huge social change as well. With the advent of instantaneous global communication, change is escalating its pace. National governments around the world are undertaking bold new ventures to refocus and rebuild their country's economies so they can compete in world markets and meet the needs of their citizens. Old, outmoded value systems are being confronted and discarded. Many groups that have been marginalized and denied civil rights are now finally beginning to gain acceptance and affirmation. 24-hour, live coverage of world calamities brings the suffering of others immediately to our eyes. Many of these dramatic changes are threatening to those who yearn for the seeming "solitude" of past times and those who want to maintain the status quo. Consequently many of those who see their comfortable customs being threatened are speaking and acting out, sometimes in very hostile ways, in an effort to somehow forestall the inevitable changes. Yet as the ancient quote states, "The only constant is change."

So it is especially crucial that we are reminded by Easter that we have a triumphant hope that love overcomes all, that kindness and compassion for all is our constant value system, and that God does provide abundantly of everything we really need to have happy, fulfilling, and hopeful lives. As we lovingly reach out to others who may disagree with us, show compassion to those who are fearful, share our bounty with those who are struggling, and bring help to those who are suffering, we ourselves are reminded that we are people of an undaunted hope. I wish all of you, our wonderful readers and friends, a most hope-filled Easter, where you have the opportunity to recount your blessings, reignite your hope, and enjoy the love of family and friends. 

In this edition of our newsletter, we provide insight about overcoming fear, and regaining faith and hope. We also provide an article summarizing why this is a great time to give to the church, and to conduct a Faith-raising Capital Fund Campaign. If you have any questions about these resources or our services, we are happy to provide no-obligation consultations. Don't hesitate to contact us through our toll-free number (888) Bill Van (245-5826)

VanderWyden Consultants are deployed throughout the United States and are happy to provide professional assistance for Operating Budget Campaigns, Capital Fund Campaigns, and Planned Giving Efforts. Our Wyden Your Horizons Operating Budget Program can enable you to increase your Operating Budget proceeds from 15-45%, and our Joy of Generosity Capital Fund Campaign can raise 2 to 13 times your present giving for renovations and new facilities. We have found that when members and donors give because they want to, rather than being pressured to, they give wholeheartedly and far more generously. We are also happy to share the insights of our readers in this newsletter. If you would like share your experiences drop us a line through our email address Bill@WydenYourHorizons.com  Top

 This is a Great time to ASK PEOPLE TO GIVE and to conduct an ambitious Capital Fund Campaign

Those who are apprehensive because of the presently diminished levels of wealth may feel that this is not a good time for the church to ask people to give, and to conduct an ambitious Capital Fund Campaign. On the contrary we would say that this is actually a great time to ask people to give to the church.

One fact that is often forgotten in tight economic times is that all wealth does not disappear in times like this. Although many have lost their jobs, many other Americans still have adequate resources and still live comfortably. Even taking into account the recent recession, most middle class Americans are still much more financially wealthy than middle class Americans were fifty years ago. Our homes are twice as big, we have twice as many cars, we go out to eat three times as often, we take more expensive vacations, we have many more possessions, and more expensive pastimes. Although many have less wealth “on paper” than they had a couple of years ago, many still have significant assets and incomes, and have found ways to adapt to the present situation.

Also there are still many in our churches who are very, very wealthy. The number of ultra-rich individuals in our country grew exponentially during the laissez faire economy of the first part of the last decade and reached all-time highs. There may be fewer of them than there were in 2007, and many are no doubt less wealthy than they were, but many still have plenty of money even they are regaining much of their wealth as the stock market and the economy are rebounding.

Especially in times like these the church should not be shy about asking members to give  But when so many of our neighbors are struggling, the church needs to be there to help those who are in need, and to be a beacon of hope in the midst of the discouragement that we hear in the media 24 hours a day. Especially in these times, those who are blessed to have assets have increased responsibility to give of those assets. As scripture states, “to whom much has been given, much is expected.”   

The church is called to talk about money in times like these. For many, present circumstances provide a great source of fear, anxiety, and money. Yet many pastors are hesitant to talk about money and many lay people seem adamant that they don't want their pastors to talk about money in the pulpit. This is shocking because in essence this is to say don't remind us what Jesus said about money. As we know, about half of all of Jesus' parables were about money and material possessions. As a preacher he certainly didn't avoid talking about money!

Why did Jesus talk about money so much? Because he knew that trust in money is the major barrier and barricade to our trust in God to provide. His cautions about money and about focusing on material possessions were an effort to help us realize that money and material possessions are seductive, false gods, and like all false gods they eventually disappoint us. In a society that focuses on consumerism and capitalism, this is often an unwelcome message. However especially in times like this the church must not leave out this key portion of the gospel. When so many are suffering, seeing money as a burden, the church must share the good news that God provides abundantly for everything we really need, and that there are healthy ways to deal with money and material possessions.

Jesus focused his message on how giving benefits the giver. Many people now live in fear of not having enough money, because they haven’t figured out what enough is, and our society keeps sounding a message that we should strive to accumulate more and more. When we re-evaluate our priorities and give generously in proportion to our blessings from our assets in a Capital Fund Campaign, we find out that we do have enough, we have more faith in God’s generous providing, and more peace of mind about money.

Concerns about lack of funds are evidence of a belief in a mythology of scarcity, rather than in the theology of abundance that Jesus preached and exemplified. Most people hunger to make a difference in the world, and are happy to be asked to give money to do so. The outpouring of untold amounts of giving to help those who are suffering in Haiti is a testimony to this fact. I was struck by the beginning of the telethon featuring famous show business leaders which was organized by George Clooney. He began the telecast by asking the question, "Why should we give?" and went on make the case that this is a very important time to give, and a great time to be asked to give.

Always in times like these we find there is an increase in requests for our services, and many more churches engage in Capital Fund Campaigns. In the wake of economic meltdowns churches step out to bring hope and faith through generous giving. The Great Depression was a time of great church building and numerous Capital Fund Campaigns, and we have found this to be true in the three recessions that have occurred in the 23 years that VanderWyden Consultants have been involved in this specialized ministry of money. We have found that the levels of commitment of members to the church and to Jesus Christ are far more powerful in determining the success of a campaign than any external factors.

Many churches conduct very successful Capital Fund Campaigns in times like these. They often find that they can build more facilities with fewer funds because many in construction fields are looking for work. So not only do these campaigns bring fulfillment to the members of the church, but they also bring hope to those in the community, by providing jobs, and by showing that people can find the Joy of Generosity and the church can be a beacon of hope in the midst of economic uncertainty. Top
 

ABOUT VANDERWYDEN CONSULTANTS, INC. . .

VanderWyden Consultants provide professional fund-raising guidance to churches and non-profit organizations throughout the United States who require assistance with their fund-raising. We provide professional guidance for Capital Fund Campaigns, Stewardship Operating Budget Campaigns, Planned Giving Campaigns, Comprehensive Financial Feasibility Studies, and Workshops on the dynamics of stimulating growth in membership. If you would like to meet with us, since we provide our services throughout the United States, we can be available to meet with your leadership. If your church would like to host one of our Professional Workshops for churches or non-profit organizations in your area, we can provide a discount in our services for your church.
Or if you would like to explore how our services may help you to meet your needs, don't hesitate to call us through our toll-free number (888 -245-5826) for a no obligation free professional consultation.

Our staff has conducted over 350 successful campaigns throughout the United States. Our "Joy of Generosity" Capital Fund Campaign program enables churches to raise as much as 13 times existing giving levels, and our "Wyden Your Horizons" Operating Budget Stewardship program results in increases of 15 - 45%.

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Rev. P. William VanderWyden, CFRE
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