Does your church struggle to balance ministry and mission budgets? You’re not alone – and there is hope!
Most churches face a critical, ongoing challenge to fund their ministry and mission fully. That constant challenge creates continual pressure on effective follow-through, stunting ministry opportunity and growth potential.
We can help you flip that script. Get your high capacity donors invested. Build passion and momentum in your core constituencies. Mobilize your broader congregation to catch your vision and then to participate in and to grow in giving.
Consider what’s at stake:
Budget Cuts & Staff Layoffs
Reductions to Member Services & Community Outreach
Member Burnout (Money and Service)
Lost Momentum & Missed Ministry Opportunities
Loss of Kingdom Impact
The Catalyst Vision Initiative (CVI) is a proven and reproducible framework for consistently reaching your church’s operating budgets and capital fund goals by mobilizing your congregation to greater service and giving
Put your church in moving forward boldly mode instead of the catching up scramble. Create connection, confidence, and excitement. Cast vision passionately, cast your net faithfully, catch genuine momentum. Fully fund your church’s ministry so you can focus more on Kingdom impact.
How we achieve success:
Exclusive CVI funding framework developed specifically for churches and ministries
Proficient team of pastors and consultants to guide you thru the framework and into implementation
Over a century of combined expertise working with churches on leadership and funding initiatives
Over $3.1 billion in church fundraising experience
Servant-hearted, ministry-minded and highly collaborative professionals in your corner
LCC and CVI Endorsements
I have worked with Scotty Sanders and Catalyst Vision Initiative team, not once but twice! Their guidance and expertise were invaluable in helping our team mobilize our congregation to fund our vision. A huge benefit of working with the CVI team is that not only did they provide the framework for explosive generosity growth, they helped us in several other aspects of church health.
Evangelism Consultant for the Georgia Baptist Convention
Former Pastor of Lawerence Drive Baptist Church
Cross City Church
They listened and then kept listening. They created strategies that we could both feel great and faithful about. They adjusted often to meet our needs. They helped us to be much more successful — and they helped our congregation to feel excited about all of it.
Lead Pastor, Cross City Church
Michael M. Cook
I have had the privilege of working with Bill McMillian in three different ministry locations. Bill builds strong relationships, provides direction, and offers resources which work together to make a difference in ministry. His success in partnering with ministry organizations is because Bill chooses to invest time to get to know the teams he supports. He brings a high level of experience into the equation and then works tirelessly to assure success. With that mix of components, good things are going to happen!
Michael M. Cook
Oakland Heights Baptist Church
We listen. Learn your culture, context, leadership styles and structures, opportunities, challenges and language. Sharpen your vision and customize strategies to accomplish those objectives. Explore the data to understand trends and possibilities. Orient staff. Engage your lay leaders in meaningful conversations to refine the vision. Plan and calendar initiative details.
Develop communications strategies. Intentional conversations with high capacity givers. Deepen conversations with core leaders, key volunteers, and influencers to create the advocacy, passion, voices, and momentum to move out into the congregation. Create a movement. Prepare for congregational launch.
Public communications, prayer, focus, teaching series. Work through existing organic structures (like small groups) to foster meaningful discussions. Leverage the leadership examples and passion of your advocates. Open doors for mobilizing wide participation. Move strategically to a clear call for action and commitment.
Celebrate what God is doing in your people. Follow through plan. Do what you said you would do. Intentionally and regularly communicate and celebrate successes and milestones. Consistently open doors for late adopters and new givers. Give thanks and say thanks often.
CVI Consulting Team
100 Years Experience and Over $3B Raised
Since the launch of Life Catalyst Consulting in 2008, our team has helped thousands of churches mobilize their congregations for ministry effectiveness. What makes us different? We use a truly collaborative approach that is team-based, ministry oriented, and leverages the strengths of multiple consultants for analysis, communications, and project management. And with over $3-billion raised to date, our results speak for themselves.
Founder and Senior Consultant
Scotty Sanders has been leading organizations for 35 years, initially founding and serving as CEO for a multi-million dollar business and then spending 20 years serving in executive and administrative pastor roles for two mega-churches. His expertise includes most aspects of church life, leadership development, strategic planning, creating an environment of excellence, building a volunteer base, and mobilizing people for evangelism and stewardship.
Scotty is the founder of Church Catalyst, a non-profit organization that has worked with thousands of pastors and churches nationally and internationally. He is the creator of “Who Is Your ONE?” providing training resources to over 10,000 churches and reaching over 200,000 people with the Gospel.
The author of four books, Scotty has also written countless articles, and spoken to audiences worldwide.
Scotty and his wife Cindy have been married for over forty years and reside in Flower Mound, Texas. They are blessed with two children and four beautiful granddaughters.
Executive VP and Senior Consultant
Bill is a trusted advisor to many church leaders throughout the U.S. in stewardship and generosity. Over the past 20 years Bill has worked with hundreds of churches to raise over 1.5 billion dollars for ministry projects.
Bill is a gifted leader, strategist, and inspiring communicator. He connects with church leaders and staff to create a stewardship process that fits the church’s vision and mission. The result is growth in ministry and a vibrant generosity culture.
Bill also works with other faith-based non-profits in donor and organizational development, and staff alignment. He co-authored the book “The Ministry Of Giving” with Joel Mikell and Kimberly Stewart. “The Ministry Of Giving” has helped many churches effectively disciple their Financial Leaders outside of a campaign process.
A resident of McKinney, Texas, Bill and his wife Denise have four children and seven incredible grandchildren. He is an active partner at The Parks Church in McKinney.
Mick brings broad experience and insight into his work with churches. He has worked with congregations of all traditions and has the unique flexibility to thrive in each setting.
- Graduated from Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville, Tennessee, as a National Merit Scholar, and from Vanderbilt University
- Completed his ministerial training at Brite Divinity School (Texas Christian University) where he was Valedictorian
- Served as a Pastor in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for 20 years before working with churches across the country for the last 20 years
- Mick has led more than 250 church clients through a variety of funding initiatives raising more than a billion dollars
- Enjoys backpacking, hiking, fossil hunting, cooking, and writing
- Married for almost forty years, Mick and Lisa live in Heath, TX
Kyle is the Lead Pastor of BridgeWay Church in Flower Mound, TX. He is a graduate of the University of Oregon and is currently studying at Fuller Seminary. He brings over 15 years of ministry experience and has seen the power of the Catalyst Vision Initiative firsthand. He is passionate about seeing other churches fulfill their mission.
Kyle and his wife, Lizzy, have three boys and enjoy all things camping and traveling. In his [very little] free time, Kyle enjoys music, fishing, and cinematography.
Stuart Boyd has spent over 20 years as a technology leader with the last 10 years focused on helping churches and nonprofits use technology to solve their most critical issues. His work as the CTO of a nationwide nonprofit strengthened his belief that technology plays a critical role in helping organizations serve their constituents and succeed in their mission. These experiences drive his passion to fit the solution to the needs of each client so that organizations get the right tools for their situation. His recent focus has been to harness the power of fundraising analysis so that every person can use it to benefit the organization by making faster and better informed decisions.
Church Communications and Project Manager
After growing up and serving in her home church, Jenny decided that she wanted to always work in a ministry capacity. Jenny has worked with Life Catalyst Consulting since it’s beginning in 2008 along with several other ministry related organizations. She engages with clients and supports them through their projects. She also takes care of all of our ministry related administrative and communication needs.
Jenny LoBello lives in Dallas area with her police officer husband and two daughters.
Mr. Lynam has extensive career experience in the fields of visual design and marketing communications, with project experience ranging from multinational advertising campaigns to brands, logos, and packaging design for some of America’s most recognized companies. Kevin and his college sweetheart Erinn have been married 30 years and currently reside in a small community near Dallas.
The CVI team is always excited to hear about new ministry initiatives,
and explore opportunities to advance the kingdom.
We look forward to hearing more about yours!
To learn more about CVI and how we come alongside your team to achieve your church’s financial objectives, please use the contact form at the right.
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