Annual Giving - Stewardship Campaigns

Annual Giving - Stewardship Campaigns

There are many excellent programs for soliciting pledges, any of which can deliver good results. Success will be determined by the diligence, enthusiasm and joy of the stewardship team.

If throughout the year the church has nurtured giving as a faith practice, told the story of what its ministries have accomplished, personally thanked givers at every opportunity, and has been a good steward of its resources, then inviting gifts will be easy and joyful, whatever method you use.

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Cultivating Faith: Worship & Bible Study Resources

Generosity is a fruit of the spirit and mark of discipleship; therefore, it is important to emphasize the giver’s need to give as a matter of growing in faith, rather than as a response to the financial needs of the church. This can happen through worship, Bible study and other settings throughout the year.


Testimonials

Churches are welcome to incorporate these videos into their own stewardship campaigns. Please notify Charlie Kuchenbrod if you do use them. 

Why We Tithe
 

How I Have Been Changed by Tithing

What I Have Earned (Or Not)
 


Books and Links

Books:

  • A Spirituality of Fundraising, by Henri J. M. Nouwen
  • Kitchen Table Giving, by William G. Enright
  • Not Your Parents’ Offering Plate, by J. Clif Christopher
  • Whose Offering Plate Is It, by J. Clif Christopher
  • Stewardship for Vital Congregations, by Anthony B. Robinson
  • Ask, Thank, Tell, by Charles R. Lane
  • Embracing Stewardship. How to put stewardship at the heart of your congregation’s life, by Charles R. Lane and Grace Duddy Pomroy
  • The Steward: A Biblical Symbol Come of Age (Revised Ed.) by Douglas John Hall

Links (websites/Newsletters):

All of these websites have good content, often going far beyond stewardship.  They also offer free newsletters.  Try browsing the websites and if you like what you see, sign up for the newsletter.  There is a subscription link on each of the pages below, sometimes you have to scroll to find it.

Other websites:

The 10 key elements to any successful annual stewardship campaign:

  1.  Pastoral support and preaching on stewardship
  2.  Faith sharing by the members of the congregation
  3.  All members of the congregation are in some way personally invited to pledge to the ministries and mission of the church
  4.  The ministries and mission of the church are held up, celebrated and enumerated
  5.  There is a consistent theme around a clearly articulated theology of stewardship
  6.  The most generous givers are involved in the program
  7.  The stewardship message is communicated in numerous ways.
  8.  Givers are thanked at every opportunity
  9.  A plan for follow-up is established from the start
  10.  Giving charts are used to provide guidance to your givers

 

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