Our Mission

The mission of CGS is to empower church leaders to fund their God-given vision by applying Biblical stewardship principles.

Core Values

Biblical framework – It should go without saying, but we will say it anyway – our advice will always be consistent with God’s word.

Honest counsel – We will tell you what we believe you need to hear, not what you may want to hear. The stakes for your ministry are too high for anything else.

Safe passage – It is one thing to raise large sums of money, it is another thing to do so in a way that unites and does not divide. We will not only guide you confidently to your financial goal, but do it safely as well.

No surprises – From the very beginning of our consulting relationship we will work hard to ensure that you are never caught off guard. This means there will be clear lines of communication and total transparency.

Team delivery – There are no “Lone Ranger” consultants at CGS. Every client works with a team composed of a Campaign Consultant and Client Service Coordinator as well as the Senior Consultant/Owner. We are best when “iron sharpens iron”.

All of our corporate values can be summarized in this one abiding commitment we make to every client: We will counsel and advise your church as if it is our very own!

CGS History

Dwight Eisenhower was President of United States. It was 10 years before a man landed on the moon. In 1959, Church Growth Services was founded in South Bend, Indiana, where we’ve been continuously based ever since. Our first church capital campaign was conducted in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in 1964. Since our founding, our only clients have been church congregations considering major capital projects.

From the 1960s to the 1980s, CGS developed a comprehensive suite of consulting services to serve church congregations: strategic planning, church architecture/design, and capital campaign consulting. Our prior involvement in these related services provides an additional benefit to our clients, allowing us to effectively collaborate with the other professionals on your team.

Since 1990, we have focused solely on church capital campaign consulting. We have also intentionally limited our geographical practice to churches in the Midwest Region. By doing so, we have rapid response times for onsite meetings, assuring our clients of a very personalized and hands-on consulting partnership.

Today, CGS is a vibrant church capital campaign consulting firm combining the experiences gained over six decades with a relentless pursuit of delivering our services in a culturally relevant way. We believe God has even more in store for our next chapter.