Any architectural project can require time and resources that often seem out of reach for congregations, especially ones that are small. If you’ve decided to begin a new church construction or remodel, one of the first steps that you should take is deciding on where you’re going to get the funds to finance such a large undertaking. Fundraising is one of the best places to start because it allows the community to have a sense of ownership and accountability for their worship space.

If you’re planning your fundraising activities, here are a few ideas to get you started:

Share Your Story

Create a large social media presence that allows you to share touching stories and testimonials of how your church has changed the lives of its members and the community at large. In doing so, you are creating a personal connection that asserts that this church doesn’t solely exist for its members or for a religious purpose. Instead, it is meant to be a beacon of hope and safety for those who seek its shelter.

Don’t Be Afraid of Crowdfunding

Once you’ve established your social media presence, use a crowdfunding site to make donations easier for people from outside of the community. Checks and snail mail are often seen as unreliable and more prone to theft. Secure sites such as GoFundMe allow people from all around the community (and the world!) to safely donate to your cause.

Keep it Old School…

There’s a reason that the classic fundraising techniques exist. They work. Put together a community bake sale that invites community members to enjoy some food, fun, and entertainment. Take advantage of the holiday season coming up and host a charity ball that gives parents a night out while their children are cared for in the nursery. There are thousands of items and events that you could sell products or tickets for. The key is to hone in on what will appeal most to your community.

With a Modern Twist

Use social media to keep everyone current on your fundraising goals, the amount earned, and what you’re planning on doing with the money. Remaining transparent and letting donors see the bottom line is a great way to encourage trust in the project. When you complete a bake sale, celebrate how much you’ve earned and let your followers know what’s coming next. Those that missed out this time may be inspired to donate their time, money, or resources to the next event.