"When faced with the need to retire two million dollars in debt during most difficult economic times, we knew we needed help. What we got was a friend whose remarkable skill begins with an uncanny love for and understanding of the church and its people. John is bright, insightful, warm and good humored. He quickly earned the respect and trust of our people, even some who had steadfastly opposed the project and the idea of professional leadership.
Dr. Glen Money
"Dr. Hewett was more than instrumental in helping us exceed our financial goals. Without his leadership, I am certain that we would have pledged far less, frustrated our people far more, and deterred our staff from the daily demands of ministry.
"The feasibility study told us things about ourselves that we needed to know. It not only showed that the project was doable, it told us just how it could be best done. This invaluable information, all self-generated, gave us confidence, direction and clear guidance on what to do and not do. The investment of time, personal input and expense paid for itself many times over. I would not have wanted to embark on this campaign without having done this first.
"We began with the need to retire $2 million dollars in debt in the midst of very uncertain financial times. The timing was questioned, as was our capacity to succeed. Dr. Hewett helped us see that we could indeed meet the challenge, showed us how and led us there. Our pledges exceeded our debt. But the greatest victory was seeing stewardship embraced, new leadership emerge and folks from varied generations, mindsets, preferences and loyalties come together to meet the need.
"As a pastor who has led our church through three capital campaigns, let me say some things as strongly as I know how. First, no matter what some of your people say, you do not want to attempt such a project without skilled help. It will decrease your returns, increase congregational tension and pull you away from the calling your people need and expect you to carry out. Secondly, I cannot imagine anyone doing a better job for us than that which Dr. John Hewett has done. John showed up with a wealth of experience, ability and spiritual sensitivity. He worked hard for us and with us. And with the campaign complete, he continues to do so."
First Baptist Church