Stewardship

Ecouraging Giving and Generosity

Some simple tasks can set the right climate for people to review their giving and levels of generosity. Church members then:

  • connect their giving with their faith, seeing their giving as a response to the giving of a generous God.
  • understand that their giving enables mission and ministry, rather than simply paying the bills.
  • feel that they, and their gifts, are valued by the church.

There are lots of resources to help church leaders, treasurers and PCC members in the giving section of the Parish Resources website.  Here is a selection:

Giving for Life – Continuing the Journey

Giving for Life helps parishes review their approach to issues of stewardship and generosity, within a context of discipleship.

PCC Review

Parishes are asked to allocate 20 to 30 minutes of a PCC meeting to evaluate their strategy with stewardship, and assess where they might improve their adoption of Good Practice.

There are two principal resources to help: a 4-page Leaders Guide introducing the review and a 2-sided sheet for PCC Members.  You can easily download and print these sheets yourself or copies can be requested from Cath Bell at Church House Reception: enquiries@carlislediocese.org.uk or 01768 807777. 

There is also a short video to introduce this and a PowerPoint presentation to support.

Taking Action

The PCC review identifies some priority tasks which help encourage giving in the context of discipleship:

  • Preach and teach regularly about giving in the context of discipleship. It is not the preacher’s job to raise the funds for the church, but rather to nurture generous disciples. (Click here for some resources for preachers)
  • Clearly communicate that giving to the church enables the mission and ministry that flows from it. Many givers are not aware of the impact of their giving.
  • Hold some form of annual review of giving. Personal and church finances work on an annual basis, and so it is good to help people review their giving once a year. There are many different ways this can be done. (Click here for a page with an overview of different programmes)
  • Send an annual, personal ‘thank you’ to regular givers. This values givers, and provides another opportunity to see how their giving supports the work of the church. (Some template Thank You Letters are available for local customisation.)
  • Agree a legacy policy and communicate this to the congregation (see our legacy resources)
  • Claim Gift Aid regularly, including the Small Donations Scheme.
  • Use the Parish Buying Service, to help the church take advantage of its scale.

Further advice

Further advice on stewardship is available from:

Graham Burrows, Diocesan Stewardship Adviser:
vicarburtonholme@btinternet.com 01524 781210

Ric Jaques, in the Finance Office:
ric.jaques@carlislediocese.org.uk 01768 807761

Lee Townend, Archdeacon with responsibility for stewardship:
archdeacon.north@carlislediocese.org.uk 01768 807777

Links

Charity Commission
http://www.charitycommission.gov.uk/

Directory of Social Change
https://www.dsc.org.uk/

Government Funding
http://www.governmentfunding.org.uk/Default.aspx

Inland Revenue
https://www.gov.uk/charities-and-tax