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
The Church of England’s Parish Resources website has a wide range of information and advice for encouraging giving and generosity: http://www.parishresources.org.uk/giving/
Preaching and Teaching
Clergy and readers have a key 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 and the Parish Funding Programme pack contains full details. A range of templates and example materials from other parishes are also available on request from Sarah Vullo.
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. The Church of England has also produced a useful checklist as part of their Giving for Life initiative.