From Pain to Prosperity

by | Feb 17, 2020 | Mind Your Mission | 0 comments

Amazing Grace Church & School was a thriving, friendly place. It was truly grace filled.    

I remember the first time I visited. I arrived and there wasn’t a single open seat in the sanctuary. When I turned to leave, a voice behind me said, “Come on back! Here’s a seat.”  A gentleman gave up his seat and stood for the entire service so I’d be comfortable.  Then they asked every guest to stand, and the choir greeted us with a welcome song.  I returned home that day feeling so light and free.

Fast forwarding a couple years, the church I now called home was quickly dwindling. We went from three services to two, and eventually down to one. The food pantry and several ministries had closed. And the private school that once served over 100 students      withered to a preschool serving 23 children with a staff of eight. The school was absolutely essential to the community but had become a financial burden to the church.    

People were downcast and longing for the glory days once again.

But the leadership wasn’t completely downhearted.

After several conversations, we concentrated on rebuilding the school.

Within just eight short weeks, enrollment was up to 99 children with a wait list.  Within six months, we added an infant/toddler unit, an afterschool program, and were redesigning the school curriculum to add music, foreign language, and several other additions that were removed when the elementary school closed.  Far from a burden, revenue had more than tripled as a result of the influx. And the program was now flourishing.  At least six new full-time jobs were created for church members and community residents.

This is what can happen for your organization if you have hope!  But it takes more than hope, it takes the right strategy for your congregation or organization. If you have been struggling to gain momentum with your outreach programs or to get members engaged, schedule a clarity call with me and let’s get you on the road to impacting the community you serve.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  Jeremiah 29:11

Connie Bobo

Connie Bobo

Award Winning Nonprofit Leader, Serial Entrepreneur, Nonprofit Coach, Speaker, and Author.

Connie’s diverse background demonstrates her commitment to serve the community and her passion to see people thrive. She owns and operates three successful businesses and currently holds a bachelor of art in Corporate Communications and several certifications. She comes with over 15 years of experience in the nonprofit sector where she enjoys helping community-based organizations strengthen their capacity and make a difference in the communities they serve. As the Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Infinite Wisdom Business Solutions, Ms Bobo published an online coaching curriculum designed to help nonprofits gain more visibility and secure the funding they need to become more relevant. When she’s not hard at work, she enjoys cooking, traveling, and spending time with family. One paragraph doesn’t offer much information, but you can find out more about Ms Bobo by visiting her website’s “About” page at www.infinitewisdombiz.com/about-us.

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