In 1968, Msgr. Thomas McGread brought a vision of stewardship to St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Wichita, Kansas. Stewardship as a way of life by giving of time, talent and treasure to bring Catholics closer to God served as the foundation of the Diocese of Wichita’s Stewardship Model. In 2016, this thriving parish launched a visioning process to chart a path forward for the community. At its core, the new vision for the parish focused on discipleship with three main goals: stewardship, evangelization and parish operations.
Thanks to this process, the church knew it was time to launch a stewardship effort. In partnership with the Steier Group, the Rebuild my Church campaign launched in 2021 to address many campus issues. In addition to tackling deferred maintenance issues, St. Francis of Assisi planned to upgrade and modernize its spaces. That includes creating a new center entrance for the church, transforming the Bonaventure Center into parish offices, and creating a new adult education center and gathering space.
The parish community supported this cause with time, talent and treasure. In total, St. Francis of Assisi raised more than $5.9 million to address all of the community’s needs.
“As the parish where the Stewardship Way of Life was born, our unique history posed some challenges to conducting a capital campaign. However, our facilities, most of which were completed in the mid-1970s and had served us well, were in immediate need of revitalization. For a stewardship parish, a capital campaign is an extraordinary endeavor, and for the first and only endeavor of this kind at our parish, Steier Group was successful in adjusting to the stewardship mentality without compromising our ordinary stewardship in the process. ... We wholeheartedly recommend the Steier Group to any organization looking to run a successful campaign.”Rev. C Jarrod Lies, Pastor, St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church
A Customized Approach
We founded our firm on the belief that the best capital campaign is one that is customized and executed by one team, under one roof. When you hire the Steier Group, you eliminate the need to contract with additional vendors for services like copywriting, graphic design, grant writing, video production, website development or wealth screening. We reject the one-size-fits-all approach to fundraising and embrace every opportunity to design a capital campaign plan that will maximize our client’s fundraising potential.
Contact Steier Group today
You have a vision for the growth and success of your church, school or organization. Now it’s time to gather the generous, wholehearted support you need to make it happen. Contact Steier Group today to discuss the benefits of a customized capital campaign.