Stewardship in the Congregations of The Diocese of Bethlehem
“Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received” 1 Peter 4:10
The diocesan Stewardship Commission members serve as consultants to parishes on stewardship matters which include the following: help starting a parish stewardship team; running a vestry retreat on stewardship; conducting an adult forum; assisting with writing a vestry stewardship statement; conducting a spiritual gifts seminar; exploring the New Consecration Sunday Program (the annual financial appeal); and assisting with writing a narrative budget.
Essential Elements of Successful Stewardship Programs
Evaluating Annual Financial Stewardship Campaigns
Thorough evaluation is an essential part of annual financial stewardship campaigns. Some questions to consider:
- Was there an increase or decrease in giving?
- How many new pledges were received?
- How has the Average Annual Giving changed from last year to this year?
- How has the mean value of giving changed from the previous year to this year?
By interviewing a few parishioners who did not serve on the stewardship team, it is possible to get an idea of the feel of an annual campaign, report to members of the congregation, reflect on the entire picture, and make plans for next year’s campaign.
The TENS website includes two tools to help with evaluation and report to the membership:
- Walking the Way: 2014 Stewardship Narrative Series. Click on it, then scroll down to Campaign Evaluation Tools and click on Campaign Trend Analysis Template (Excel), which can be edited.
- Pledge Campaign Evaluation (Word).
To use these TENS resources, visit the TENS website, click on member resources, insert the username “living” and password “generously”.
These tools will help make useful reports to parish members, and provide information about whether or not the parish is moving forward in both generosity and spiritual growth.
Stewardship Missioner Dan Charney is available to help. Please call 610-837-4613 or email him. firstname.lastname@example.org
These simple reflections, based on a weekly lectionary readings, are perfect for your parish newsletter, your bulletin or your own personal reflection.
The Rev. Jim Rinehart – Stewardship Chair
Dan Charney – Stewardship Missioner