Heartspring Methodist Foundation Case Studies

Date Posted: 1/10/2012

Heartspring Methodist Foundation assists churches with capital campaigns, stewardship campaigns, endowments and much more. Read five case studies:


Lakeside UMC - A Multi-Purpose Worship Facility

Lakeside UMC in Humble is a new church start with a thriving young congregation. Beginning with 39 members in March 2009, present-day Lakeside is the church home to 224 people, with more than 140 in regular attendance.


The church owns a plot of land, but currently meets at an elementary school nearby. With worship attendance reaching capacity at the school nearly every Sunday, the church turned to Heartspring’s Mortar to Mission program to help it build a multi-purpose worship facility to accommodate its rapid growth.


Lakeside UMC chose Heartspring for the church’s building needs for several reasons. According to Senior Pastor Stephen Rhoads, the fact that Heartspring is the financial partner of the Texas Conference means a lot.


“I believe in the connectional system and wanted to put that belief into practice,”

Rhoads said. “If we cannot support our conference churches and ministries, can we truly call ourselves connectional?” Secondly, because Lakeside is such a young church, it needed a financial partner who understood the inherent difficulties of

starting a new church.


Rhoads knew Heartspring’s President C. J. Taylor had been in his shoes. “We needed an organization that was willing to take a risk on a ‘rookie’ church,” the pastor noted. “C. J. and Heartspring were willing to work with us.” Rhoads also was grateful that Heartspring was willing to go the extra mile, offering to help them understand the details of various financial proposals from other organizations,

even if the church chose a different financial partner.


“Offering to help us in spite of choosing another company told me that C. J. and Heartspring cared more about ministry than making a dollar,” he added. To fund the project, Lakeside worked with Heartspring on a “Growing Together, Building in Faith” capital campaign. The cam-paign achieved very strong congregational  upport with family commitments of more than 2.2 times the church’s annual operating income, outstanding results and one of the most successful campaigns conducted by Heartspring to date.


After much preparation and hard work, Lakeside held its groundbreaking ceremony

last month, with plans to begin building as soon as possible. Excited about the future, capital campaign consultant Larry Van Zile said, “I so enjoyed working with Lakeside UMC.


To witness that new congregation full of young families with children was invigorating. Their level of commitment, enthusiasm and support was inspiring to me!” According to Rhoads, Lakeside’s purpose is “to feed people where they are.” In addition to feeding people spiritually, Rhoads believes geography also plays an

important role. Many Lakeside worshipers used to drive to Kingwood, downtown Houston or Baytown to worship because they could not find a church where they

lived. “Now, they can feast on God’s spiritual food – where they are,” he said.


With a new facility on the way, the Lakeside congregation is excited about their

opportunities to expand their ministry and community outreach efforts.


Greggton UMC - Major Facility Renovation

Greggton UMC is Heartspring’s newest Mortar to Mission client. The Longview church, established in 1810, is building on its long history in a positive transitional phase that focuses on growing its ministry and leadership. Looking ahead, Greggton

decided that a major facility renovation was necessary to help meet its evolving needs and those of the community it serves. That’s when Greggton contacted Heartspring about the Mortar to Mission program.


The pre-campaign study delivered promising results, indicating that the church is

well positioned to launch a capital campaign. Rev. Ricky Ricks and the Greggton congregation are getting excited about what lies ahead.


“This is a good time in the life of the congregation,” said Ricks. “We shared the pre-campaign study with the church in early December, which affirm d we are united, confident and ready to move ahead with our vision.


Our members are enthusiastic and excited about improving our facilities and enhancing our mission in the community.”


Winterfield UMC - Family Life Center

Winterfield UMC in Longview is an established congregation experiencing new life as younger families move into its neighborhood. With growth, church leaders realized that new fellowship and educational space was needed to serve the needs of their members and decided a family life center was the solution. They asked Heartspring and its Mortar to Mission program to help turn that vision into reality in summer 2010.


With Heartspring’s guidance, Winterfield’s capital campaign produced commitments of more than $500,000, representing 1.53 times its annual operating income – considered “outstanding” results. “While I didn’t become pastor here until the capital campaign was finished, I’ve been inspired by our congregation’s commitment to the future,” said Winterfield Rev. Jay Barnes. “Our members are

still amazed at the success of our First Fruits Sunday, with the returns from the first four months after that service far exceeding expectations. With giving on track, the whole church is excited to ‘get to the bricks.’ Members are really satisfied with the capital campaign that is helping us build  for the future.”


The church gained church conference approval last month to begin construction

on the Family Life Center. Winterfield will kick off its annual stewardship campaign

in the coming weeks.


Coldspring UMC - Multi-Purpose Christian Life Center

Coldspring UMC, established in 1848, has a vibrant congregation that has outgrown

its facilities. The church realized about five years ago that expansion was on the horizon, but it wasn’t until Rev. David Green moved to the church in 2009 that the idea began to take shape.


Under his leadership, the congregation decided to build a multi-purpose Christian Life Center adjacent to the church to offer additional meeting space for its growing youth ministry, community outreach and church-wide events. Green says, “We’re out of room and bursting at the seams! We have a congregation that is mission oriented. The new center will offer us even more opportunities to rebuild lives for Christ, which is what we are called to do.”


To fund the project, the Coldspring leadership team interviewed multiple capital campaign resources and was most impressed with Heartspring consultants Pat Hall and Larry VanZile. After becoming a Mortar to Mission client, Coldspring launched a successful campaign that resulted in commitments equaling 1.88 times annual operating income. With the capital campaign complete, the church hopes to begin construction this spring. 


Magnolia UMC Property Acquisition

Magnolia UMC saw a rare opportunity to acquire properties adjoining the church in mid-2010, becoming Heartspring’s first client for the foundation’s newly minted Mortar to Mission integrated program.


Magnolia chose Heartspring to advise its capital campaign, called Stepping Forward in Faith. The Mortar to Mission program includes a loan guarantee, giving Magnolia the funds for a timely land purchase and a few needed renovations in the sanctuary.


“We appreciate that Heartspring was so attentive to our tight schedule,” noted a member of Magnolia’s leadership team. “We had to move quickly to purchase the

property or this opportunity would have been lost, and Heartspring jumped in and led us through a very successful capital campaign program. With the new property in hand, we can now focus on continuing to grow our church to meet the needs of our community.” Senior Pastor Capri Grimes notes, “The time and attention from Heartspring was just what I needed to follow God’s plan for this church with confidence. They really helped us get focused on what needed to happen for our mission and vision to come true.”


Heartspring also is providing Magnolia with two years ofstewardship campaign support and endowment development services as part of the Mortar to Mission program to help fuel the church’s new growth and re-energized mission.


Learn more about Heartspring and what they offer at http://www.heartspringmethodist.org/