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    Florida Church Raises $105 MILLION for expansion

    The Calvary Chapel campaign pledge total is also the largest amount ever raised by an RSI client. Chicago’s Willow Creek Church, another RSI client, raised more than $80 million in the 2000 Chapter 2 campaign.

    Prior to Calvary Chapel’s accomplishment, the largest amount raised by a local church is believed to be $84.8 million dollars by Second Baptist Church in Houston.

    Calvary Chapel, one of the largest churches in south Florida, began its campaign in June 2005, with a goal of $80 million to expand its facilities. The church currently offers worship services that attract 20,000 weekly to three locations.

    While it is not unusual for RSI clients to exceed their goals, Calvary Chapel was extraordinarily successful for several reasons.

    "RSI has a long tradition of working side by side with churches with great needs and compelling missions," said Doug Turner, president of RSI Church Stewardship Group. "We are thrilled with the $105 million response at Calvary Chapel, but we are even more thrilled with the energy and excitement of the congregation to move into the future God has for them.

    It is obvious that God’s fingerprints are all over this experience."

    RSI Church Stewardship Group,, is the oldest and largest firm in America devoted to the fund-raising needs of faith-based organizations. RSI campaigns generate on average two-and-a-half to three times a church’s annual budget, and as much as eight to 10 times that budget.

    You can read the full article here at Church Executive Magazine

    FOR DISCUSSION:  What would you do with that kind of capital

    Check out this press release from Florida... Calvary Chapel in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, has received pledges totaling $105 million, believed to be the largest amount ever raised by a U.S. church. RSI is one of the nation's leading capital campaign consultants to Christian churches. In its 34-year history, the Dallas-based company has worked with more than 7,000 churches to raise $8 billion...


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