Tom Melzoni

“Being with Horizons gives me the best opportunity to offer pure and focused generosity-stewardship counsel. The atmosphere is as much about ‘faith raising’ as fundraising. Once vision and faith have been challenged, then how to give can be taught. In the process, I build relationships that last for years to come.”

For Tom Melzoni, designing and implementing a plan of stewardship is always a “process in action.” It’s important to get the details right—whether he’s investing a campaign with the right personality or inventing bold new approaches to individual generosity. Tom remains convinced that all Christians want to give, but their native understanding of lifestyle approaches to giving is limited. He believes that one’s standard of giving should be as important as their standard of living.

Known for his creativity in motivating and  inspiring others, Tom has worked with more than 300 clients including colleges, camps, Salvation Army Corps, schools and churches of every size and denomination. He has raised almost $1 billion dollars in his career. Some of Tom’s most recent church campaigns are listed here:

  • Northridge Church, Rochester, NY – David Whiting, Pastor ($2.8 million and $3.2 million)
  • Victory Lutheran Church, Jamestown, ND – Shawn Bowman, Pastor ($1.5 million)
  • Canyon Ridge Church, Las Vegas, NV – Kevin Odor, Senior Pastor ($21 million)

Helping each client define, execute and fund their God-given vision has been Tom’s personal mission for almost 20 years. His clients appreciate that Tom measures his time with them in qualitative terms only. In fact, Tom provides extensive follow-up to ensure each client’s ultimate satisfaction. He also consults with established clients who seek his further expertise in planned giving, creative annual giving and other ongoing concerns.

Tom has provided Executive Pastor Leadership in the mega-church environment after assisting his father in planting churches in Ohio. Today he’s active in his local church and serves on the boards of Columbine Redemption, a ministry born out of the tragedy of Columbine High School, and the Melzoni Foundation, a family foundation dedicated to helping ministerial students achieve their educational goals.

Tom earned his Ph.D. from Columbia University and an MA from Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY. He was granted an honorary doctorate of divinity from the California Graduate School of Theology for his work in church growth and stewardship.

 

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Are You Ready for a Capital Campaign?

How do you know if you are ready to launch a capital campaign?  

 

Kristine Miller, CFRE, Horizons’ Senior Partner, discusses the five important steps you should take prior to launching a capital campaign to ensure successful results.

 

In this latest video from Horizons’ Giving Intelligence Series, Kristine discusses five actions to take prior to launching a campaign for any project such as building, restoration, debt, missions, endowment, or any other capital needs. Has your church leadership wondered whether or not you’re ready to go? If so, this brief video will provide the insights and answers you are looking for.

 

If you missed other installments of the Giving Intelligence Series, click the titles below. Also, sign up for Giving365 in order to access these and other helpful videos as well as more free stewardship resources including insightful eBooks!

Three Reasons Americans Choose to Give

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A Story of Faith and Transformation You Need to Know

In 2016, St. Andrew, Plano, Texas, faced a significant challenge. Located in Collin County, Texas, one of the fastest growing areas in the nation, St. Andrew was experiencing growth, especially in their contemporary worship service. As a result, several other areas including children and youth, missions, hospitality, and parking were all being stretched beyond capacity to accommodate growth.

St. Andrew’s Growth Paralleled a Focus on Generosity in Their Core Church Language

However, St. Andrew’s leaders had been preparing for growth through the development of their 30-year master expansion plan. The plan focused on four aspects of church life: worship, connect, serve, and give. As growing pains became more intense, church leaders realized it was time to launch a capital campaign. The funds raised would relieve the pressure by beginning to expand critical ministry areas according to the master plan.

Four key aspects of church life at St. Andrew: Worship, Connect, Serve, and Give

 

The Church’s Capital Campaign Facilitated its Larger Generosity Strategy

St. Andrew’s Senior Pastor, Robert Hasley, explained, “We hired Horizons to guide us in determining what to include in the first phase of our capital campaign. Through conversations with our ministry and financial leaders, our committed core of members, and ultimately, the entire congregation, we embarked on an ambitious plan. The result is a worship space that switches from a traditional to a contemporary style with almost the touch of a button.

We now have a worship space that switches from a traditional to a contemporary style with almost the touch of a button.

-Senior Pastor Robert Hasley

This change has enabled us to reset quickly while accommodating both traditional and contemporary worship styles. We also created new and improved areas for students,  children, hospitality, and parking. One of the more significant changes was the addition of a dedicated missions wing for The Storehouse of Collin County–an agency birthed in our church that provides services for Collin County residents in need.”

A Successful Capital Campaign Paid Additional Dividends

In the end, St. Andrew exceeded giving expectations in the capital campaign and moved forward with their plans. In addition, the positivity emerging from the capital campaign created a vibrancy and energy that has impacted ministry in all areas. Rev. Hasley says, “Like our namesake, Andrew the Apostle, we’re a community that loves to invite others to Jesus. As we live out our calling to worship, connect, serve and give, we’re witnessing God move through our community in remarkable ways.”

St. Andrew exceeded giving expectations and moved forward with their expansion plans.

St. Andrew’s journey is far from over. God continues to call the congregation to live out their mission, “Calling the “Christian-ish” to become passionate servants of Christ.”

For more information on the ministry at St. Andrew, Plano, Texas, click here.

To learn more about partnering with Horizons to move your congregation to the next level of generosity, click here.

The Three Pockets of Giving

Are you inviting your members to contribute from all three pockets of giving?

Many churches focus on the annual pocket and neglect to consider the other two–capital and estate pockets. In this next video in the Giving Intelligence Series, learn about the three pockets of giving and why you should be including all three in your year-round generosity program.

 

 

Did you miss the first three installments of the Giving Intelligence Series?  Click the titles below to quickly access them or sign up for Giving365 and access these videos along with many other free stewardship resources.

Three Reasons Americans Choose to Give

The Power of Thanks: Four Practical Ministry Funding Impact Strategies

Who Should Have Access to the Giving Records

 

To access more of Horizons’ free stewardship resources, click the Giving365 logo below.
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