Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Naperville, Illinois Kicks Off Campaign with $2.5 Million Raised

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Current campaign beats previous campaign results after just 75 pledges.

Lane Lewis (left), Campaign Chair and Brett and Marnie Lindberg (right) who shared their story at the kick off service on the Celebration! campus.

“To put this in perspective,” said Lewis, “Our last campaign gathered only a little over $2.1 million in total pledges from 509 donors.

A Different Kind of Campaign. That’s how many members and leaders described the “Debt Free, to be …” campaign that kicked off on Sunday, April 21st. This campaign would need to accomplish what no other campaign had come close to achieving in the past: raising $7 million to cover both the $6.5 million of principal and $500,000 in associated interest costs on the current loan. Although the potential was there for donors to feel fatigued from yet another lackluster campaign, (now the 4th in 12 years) that hasn’t happened. The leadership really stepped up this time. It has been different.

“To put this in perspective,” said Lane Lewis, chair of the “Debt Free, to be …” campaign, “Our last campaign gathered only a little over $2.1 million in total pledges from 509 donors. In addition, the very same 75 families who contributed $2.5 million to our current campaign contributed only about $750,000 to the last campaign. That marks about a three-and-a-half times increase from the same donors.” Something different is truly happening at Our Saviour’s.

The campaign is being directed by James D. Klote & Associates, Inc. JDK&A, with offices in Falls Church, Virginia, St. Charles, Illinois, and Toronto, Canada, is a full-time, on-site capital stewardship consulting firm. Lewis remarked that he wasn’t terribly interested in being involved in another campaign when the subject first came up in 2012, having chaired a previous campaign with part-time consulting services. “But,” said Lewis, “after meeting with Jim Klote and learning more about this different, full-time, and very intentional approach to church campaigns, I was ‘All In!’”

Following a proven method of personal visitation, hundreds of campaign visits will now be taking place with the members of Our Saviour’s by a solid and growing group of willing volunteers.

“We can do this,” said Lewis about raising the $7 million. “The early results shared today at the kickoff prove that it can be done and Our Saviour’s will be much stronger because of it.”

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