My beloved Mt. Tam Church,
This weekend is “spring forward,” the Daylight Savings Time spring time change. And we have good news that will move us to spring forward with Vision 2020–The Revitalization of Fellowship Hall. On February 27th, the Vision 2020 Campaign Team received the Feasibility Report from Terry Goolsby, our stewardship consultant from Horizons Stewardship. Here is a summary of that report:
“Through an on-line survey and real-time ZOOM and phone conversations with church members and leaders, Horizons consultant Terry Goolsby has shared with us the good news that he strongly believes that Mt. Tam Church has the capacity to raise the funds for the revitalization of Fellowship Hall. The project goal of $1.3 million dollars will be a challenge for our congregation, to be sure, and one we can achieve with a strong vision and “stretch” giving by our members. The Capital Campaign will move us toward our goal through clear communications and broad inclusion of the entire congregation. God is good! And with commitment and joyfulness, we are confident in achieving our goal.
In addition to concluding that we are capable of reaching our goal, Terry offered several observations about the Vision 2020 project. Horizons offers the following observations that, if addressed, may enhance the probability of success in a capital stewardship program.
1. There is a very positive response to the Fellowship Hall project plan, with some concern about the goal of $1.3 million along with the hope that we can make that goal.
2. There is a clear understanding that Fellowship Hall is long overdue for significant upgrades.
3. There is a genuine appreciation and admiration of Pastor Kim Smith, the whole staff and the church’s lay leadership. (Note from Kim: I’m just sharing what he wrote!!)
4. There is a clear and personal commitment of members to make a gift to the capital campaign over and above regular giving to the church.
5. There is a general sense that the congregation is receptive to a capital campaign with the acknowledgment that we have not had a campaign in many years and so, there is some concern about the scale of the project and goal.
6. There is a stronger than the normal desire for church members to volunteer for the campaign.”
Good news! Good news that we can be transparent and honest with each other with both our joy at the possibility of raising the full $1.3 million dollars and some real concern…this is natural and normal, of course. Good news that while we are concerned, we are confident of God’s presence and guidance with us. Good news that we have real trust and respect of our leadership and members. Good news indeed!
With thanks to you and thanks to God,