Planned giving

N​EW Training Workshop: Running a Successful Stewardship Programme

An opportunity for parishes to come together to share experiences, questions and resources – and to see what support is available at a diocesan and national level, so you are not ‘re-inventing the wheel’.

Location: The Education Centre, Guildford Cathedral site, Stag Hill, Guildford GU2 7UP

Date & Time: Wednesday 29th March  Time: 10am – 11.30 am (refreshments from 9.45am)

Cost: Free to attend.

To book your place: email or phone 01483 484902

This workshop is for anyone currently working on – or considering – a stewardship (planned giving) programme in their church. Clergy, Treasurers, Stewardship Promoters, Finance Committee Members and anyone on a Parish Funding Programme Team are all welcome.

In our discussions we’ll be looking at examples of stewardship programmes from a wide range of other parishes. You’ll go home with an information pack, a list of useful websites – and lots of ideas!

 We’ll also cover the basics:

  • A stewardship ‘campaign’ in the context of church life and our discipleship journey
  • How to structure a stewardship campaign – top tips and templates
  • Getting a team together
  • Communication – how, what and why
  • Timings
  • How can we get people excited about paying for the light bulbs?
  • After the ‘campaign’, what next?

Christian Stewardship of our time, talents and possessions is inseparable from our discipleship and is vital to the viability of our mission.

Encouraging Giving and Generosity

Visit the Church of England’s Parish Resources website to find a host a range of information and advice for encouraging giving and generosity:

Preaching and Teaching

Clergy and readers have a vital role in ensuring that giving and generosity are taught within a broader context:

  • Within a framework of discipleship teaching
  • As part of a wider teaching on our relationship with money, and our use of it
  • In encouraging church members to consider the impact of lifestyle choices from a faith perspective

With over 2,300 verses in the Bible on money, wealth and possessions, there is no shortage of resources for the preacher. Some sample sermon outlines and links to further preaching and teaching materials are available here.

Parish Stewardship Promoters

Every parish is strongly encouraged to appoint a Parish Stewardship Promoter (PSP). PSPs become part of a Diocesan network which shares information and approaches to enhance the effectiveness of stewardship in each parish.

Planned Giving Programme Resources

For parishes wishing to undertake a full stewardship programme (or annual renewal) the Parish Funding Programme (PFP) encourages each parish to discern its vision and future plans, as the focus for an increase in Planned Giving. An outline of the programme is contained in the Parish Funding Programme Leaflet. The Parish Funding Programme pack contains full details Parishes are strongly advised to contact Juliet Evans for an initial briefing before they start the programme.

Steps in Giving provides an opportunity for people to consider the relationship between their Christian journey and their giving.

The Parish Stewardship Healthcheck provides a simple tool for parishes to assess their approach to Christian Stewardship and points to useful resources to enhance it.