Thursday, July 31, 2014 15:31

Frequently Asked Questions

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What makes EXCEL different from other companies?
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Excel Ministries is distinctive. We lead the way in stewardship programs and capital campaigns that are consistent with the Bible and sensitive to the unique culture and context of the church or organization. Every EXCEL consultant is trained to listen to you and customize our proven principles in a way that fits your special situation.
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What results are realistic to expect from a capital campaign?
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The national average for three-year church capital campaigns designed and led by a professional consultant, is 1.5 to 2.5 times your annual undesignated income. No one can guarantee your results because every church's situation is different and the obedient response of God's people to the Holy Spirit is beyond control. However, by God's grace, EXCEL's average is higher than the national average and our receipt rates often are at 100% or more of the commitments made.
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How is an EXCEL campaign different from others?
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An EXCEL capital campaign is distinctive in at least seven ways. There is no high pressure. We customize your campaign to your unique needs and culture more than the bigger companies do. We empower you to make the crucial decision as to your consultant before you sign any contract. In addition, we do not import any secular techniques into our biblical campaigns. EXCEL consultants are always available to your campaign leaders--even evenings and weekends. EXCEL's follow-up plan is unmatched, and therefore so are the receipt rates for EXCEL campaigns. Finally, we guarantee your satisfaction, in writing. No one beats EXCEL's commitment to your success.
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Isn’t it cheaper for us to do our own campaign?
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Actually, an in-house campaign may be the most expensive campaign, because the most expensive money is the money you don't raise. What you don't raise, you will likely have to borrow. And due to up-front fees and years of interest, you probably will end up paying nearly twice for every dollar you borrow. A professionally led campaign typically raises two- to three-times what you can do on your own.
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How is EXCEL’s fee for a capital campaign determined?
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Fees are determined by several factors, principally the defined set of services you determine you need. Fees are never based on or influenced by the dollar amount of commitments or the amount of money received. Fees are disclosed and discussed during the official presentation to your decision-makers.
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What about a Feasibility Study?
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The term "Feasibility Study" seems to imply that the most important issue is financial feasibility, i.e., "Can we raise what we want to raise?" Whereas, EXCEL believes that the most important issue is "Do we have support for the vision we are proposing?" Therefore, EXCEL's approach to feasibility focuses on much more than mere financial support. We ask dozens of questions related to vision and other key areas before we talk about finances. The in-depth, confidential information gained through an EXCEL Vision Study provides a framework for understanding much more than financial feasibility alone.
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What’s the difference between coaching and consulting?
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Most people use the terms "coaching" and "consulting" interchangeably. EXCEL's team is trained to provide you the guidance you need regardless of what terms are used. However, at EXCEL, we tend to make a distinction: Coaching is when we help you discover what is right for your situation. Consulting is when we bring our professional experience to the forefront and advise you more directly as to what we believe is the best course of action for your church or organization. Most relationships with clients involve a combination of coaching and consulting.
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How is estate planning different for Christians?
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Estate planning is a process of decision-making that allows an individual to plan how his or her affairs will be settled at the time of death. It names heirs and beneficiaries, and typically it often provides for guardianship of minor children. Often estate planning includes end-of-life medical decisions as well. Fundamentally, these decisions are spiritual and they require that Christians make decisions based on solid biblical truths and sound stewardship advice. EXCEL's "Estate Planning for Christians" begins with an educational seminar that helps believers decide these matters in a way that reflects their own Christian convictions. Through confidential, one-hour follow-up appointments, each person is helped with their personal issues and prepared in such a way that they are more confident when they see an attorney. Thus they often save hundreds of dollars because they have already made many decisions before sitting down with their attorney.