Today, I attended the workshop presented by "Sacred Spaces". This is a new initiative we in New England are starting in partnership with Partners for Sacred Spaces. The workshop was an initial description of how a nine month planning process for congregations to plan to connect their major asset (the building) with needs in the community, along with how to fund it. Good stuff. We;ve got 8 congregations signed up. If you are interested, let me know ASAP. You can learn more at this link to learn more about New Dollars/New partners.
But, I want to share with you one small idea. Start a "Friends of ________". This could be a group of people who are not members, but value what you do. An example would be a Friends of you Preschool. Potential members are all the families who send their kids, or used to send their kids. You can start a newsletter to them, eventually ask them for support. If you are a New England Synod congregation, contact me and I can describe how this could work.
In the meantime, check out the links above.