In this episode of the Generosity Podcast, Todd McMichen is joined by Willy Rice, Lead Pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Clearwater, Florida. During their conversation, they discuss how to turn your capital campaign into a fruitful experience outside the dollar amount.
“When you go into a campaign and you have a lot of things happening, you realize the campaign can’t be about just one thing.”
“As we approach campaigns, we didn’t want it to be about a single building. We needed a vision that was bigger than that.”
“If we were going to have a Kingdom impact, we needed to turn a decade of addition into a decade of multiplication.”
“Sometimes you have to name a dream and then back up from there to figure out how you are going to do it.”
“Whatever God gives us, we are going to celebrate and move forward!”
“This campaign changed our culture.”
“You can’t plant churches ultimately if you aren’t raising leaders.”
“The crisis in North America is a crisis of discipleship.”
“The best initiatives change the culture of your church. They give you something bigger and larger to run after.”
“Part of spiritual leadership is challenging people.”
William (Willy) Rice is the pastor of the Calvary Baptist Church in Clearwater, Florida. In 2004 he returned to the Tampa Bay area where he was born and raised to lead the church he considered his home church. Willy spent his High School years at Calvary, responded to God’s call to ministry there, and met and married his wife Cheryl at Calvary.
Since that time the church has completed a complete relocation from its historic campus in downtown Clearwater to a new campus in east Clearwater. The church has experienced renewed health and significant growth in every area. Calvary averages more than 3500 people attending multiple services on three campuses. Calvary is annually recognized as one of the leader’s in missions giving and baptisms in the state of Florida. Outreach magazine has twice listed Calvary as one of the 100 fastest growing churches in America.
Dr. Rice has been active in denominational leadership roles. He served as President of the Florida Baptist Convention from 2006-2008 and he served as the President of the Southern Baptist Convention Pastors’ Conference in 2015. He has also served as Chairman of the SBC Committee on Committees (2010), Chairman of the SBC Committee on Nominations (2016), President of the Florida Baptist Convention Pastors’ Conference (2004) along with other local, state, and national positions. He is the author of two books Discover Dynamic Life and Before You Go: What Every Parent Needs to Say and Every Kid Needs to Hear.
Before coming to Calvary Dr. Rice pastored the Hillcrest Baptist Church in Pensacola for seven years. During that time the church experienced great growth and more than doubled in size. The church built a new 2000 seat worship center in 2002.
Prior to pastoring Hillcrest Dr. Rice had pastored the Gladeview Baptist Church in Anniston, Alabama (1992-1997), the Cypress Lake Baptist Church in Tampa, Florida (1987-1992) and the Bethel Baptist Church in Dora, Alabama (1984-1987).
Dr. Rice is a graduate of Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama with a B.A. degree (1985) and the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree (1990) and a Doctor of Ministry degree (1996).
Willy is married to Cheryl (Baker). She is a graduate of Samford University and they have three children and four grandchildren.
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