In their quest for donations during tough economic times, many churches are turning to business consultants who specialize in helping religious institutions. For example, Eagle Brook Church in St. Paul, Minn. used Dallas company RSI Stewardship, which aided the church in raising almost $25 million to help build new campuses. RSI's president, Joel Mikell said, “A capital campaign is a spiritual thing before it is a financial journey.”
There are about 3,000 consultants who deal with churches and the number is growing. Costing up to $2,000 per day, they advise churches on strategic visions, hiring new pastors, maximizing donations and more, and they even help settle internal conflicts.
Atlanta-based Generis is one such firm. Its co-owner, Jim Sheppard, said that people are happy to give to a church when they “see good returns, an effectiveness of ministry.” Generis helped Houston's First Baptist Church collect some $71 million in pledges with the use of Twitter, Facebook, sermons and emails.