Project Resource is a teaching and resource movement that assists philanthropy and raises funds needed in God’s mission. If the clergy and lay leaders of our 110 dioceses and our 8,000 churches could be taught how to raise money and how to invite new members, mission would be released to flourish. We seek to place in the hands of every congregant the power to motivate and transform resource development in their churches so that ministry is in no way constricted by a lack of money or of congregational vitality.
Through a strategy that employs the best minds in financial development, membership marketing, congregational empowerment, and communications, we seek to make directly available to every church the teaching resources they need to raise funds and people. Just imagine a Bishop and their team of teachers coming home to their diocese to teach any clergy person or lay leader how to raise new money and new congregation members. Imagine having ready online access to hundreds of model documents needed in all aspects of development and membership marketing, including predesigned Word-templates in which a church need only drop in names, type, and images. Imagine finding and downloading a pledge-card template, a phone-a-thon script, a major gifts teaching seminar, a planned giving program model, a membership campaign schedule or a pledge campaign plan with the click of a cellphone button. Imagine clergy and lay church leaders well-versed in all aspects of resource development so that their time is spent growing churches rather than ministering to anemic budgets.
Project Resource is not primarily about raising money or increasing membership, though these will be side-benefits. We are seeking to change entire systems of church leadership around financial and human-resource development. We are proposing to accomplish this by training teachers be effective adapters of materials and strategies so they fit the demographic, cultural norms, and available resources of their specific region. These teachers will then then equip their dioceses for the work— remaining as consulting teams focused on teaching raising money and people for God’s mission. Project Resource is sponsored, as a service resource, by The College for Bishops, The Development Office of the Episcopal Church and The Episcopal Church Foundation.