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  1. The Joy of Stewardship Anglican Church of Canada

  2. Topics • Stewardship Defined • Motivations • Frameworks • Financial Approaches • Discussion

  3. Hebrew Stewardship • Stewardship begins & ends with God • God is Creator and Possessor of All • Giving is worshipful response to God’s ownership

  4. Christian Stewardship • Continues theology of God’s ownership • Parable of the Faithful Servant • Stewards of More than Material • Responsible and Accountable • Haggai 1:7— Consider our ways

  5. Stewardship Principles 1. God Is the Owner of All Things 2. We Are Entrusted With God’s Gifts 3. Use Resources for Eternal Purposes 4. Our Stewardship Serves Our Master’s Purpose 5. Balance Picture of Hardship 6. We Are Accountable for Our Stewardship 7. Stewardship Embraces Spiritual and Material

  6. Stewardship Principles 1. God Is the Owner of All Things 2. We Are Entrusted With God’s Gifts 3. Use Resources for Eternal Purposes 4. Our Stewardship Serves Our Master’s Purpose 5. Balance Picture of Hardship 6. We Are Accountable for Our Stewardship 7. Stewardship Embraces Spiritual and Material

  7. Radical Service: • D.J. Hall: “Mission as Stewardship” • Stewardship, a posture of radical service • Polemic against the whole idea of possession • Served take precedence over the server • Care and nurturing of life • Not the gaining of influence, power and property • Equitable distribution • Seeking Justice & Peace • Abundance, glory of creation

  8. Social Gospel: • Early Twentieth Century Social Gospel • Neither private or public ownership but Christian Stewardship • Shift from personal faith and benevolence • Social Gospel leads to duty, expectation • Recognition of God’s ownership • Wealth creation goal is to serve the world • Not patronizing, prejudiced as charity can be

  9. Current Thinking • Stewardship can be defined as: • all that I do • with all that I have • all the time. • Christian stewardship is defined as: • all that I do • with all that I have • after I say "I believe."

  10. Build on a Rock … • Matthew 7: 21-29 • Solid Foundation • Wisdom on a rock • Tower of Pisa • Well Built • Excellent Materials • Poor Foundation • Foundation of Parishes

  11. Parish Stewardship • Annual • Education • Narrative • Financial • Relational • Biblical

  12. Generations … • Veterans: 1904-1929 • Silent: 1930-1945 • Boomers: 1946-1966 • Gen-X: 1967-1980 • Millennials: 1981-2003

  13. Motivations … • Compassion • Share and Care • Community • Affiliate and Belong • Challenge • Accomplish and Achieve • Reasonability • Logic and Analysis • Commitment • Faith and Loyalty

  14. Searching … • Individuality • Integrity, power, destiny • Community • Roots, place, belonging • Meaning • Purpose, values • Hope • Reliable future

  15. Holy Habits … • Gospel • Creation • Gratitude • Sabbath

  16. Generous Culture … • Discipleship • Expectation • Focus • Integrity • New Vision • Education

  17. *Relational Keys … • Mission • Visitation • Worship • Relational Groups • Leadership • Structure/Decision Making *12 Keys to an Effective Church, Dr. Kennon Callahan, Jossey-Bass

  18. *Functional Keys … • Programs & Activities • Open Accessibility • High Visibility • Parking, Land, Landscaping • Space & Facilities • Solid Financial Resources *12 Keys to an Effective Church, Dr. Kennon Callahan, Jossey-Bass

  19. Roadmaps … • Strategic Plan 2018 • Values • Priorities • Action Plan • Ministry Assessment Process • Parish or Regionally-based • Vision • Strategic Direction • Action Plan • Community • Diocesan Support

  20. Stewardship … • Responsible stewardship increases • Mission in community • Parish effectiveness • Growing membership • Relationships in community • Contributing households

  21. Principles … • Money Follows Mission • People Give to People • Budgeting and Information • Long-range Planning • Income follows • Membership • Participation • Relationship

  22. The Team … Leadership • Rector • Chair • Members • Educator

  23. Coordination Plan & Organize Recruit Manage Evaluate Database Report Communication Write/Educate Visit Ask Thank Follow-up Team Tasks …

  24. Annual Plan … • Leadership • Coordination • Annual Plan • Stewardship Plan • Budget, traditional, narrative • Framework • Holy Habits • Culture of Generosity • 12 Keys • Communication • Messages • Media • Preaching • Events

  25. A Holy Habit Model …

  26. Culture Approach …

  27. Information Richness

  28. Financial Models … • Every Member Visitation Model • Strengths • Creates a clear focus on the spiritual and evangelistic dimensions of life together in Christian community. • This is stewardship! This builds community like no other stewardship model. • Provides excellent opportunity to give information about the work and vision of your parish, and the diocesan shared outreach ministries; also to hear what members think about the church and its ministry. • Encourages stewardship commitment as a thoughtful, intentional act of discipleship. • Clears up misunderstanding about the priorities of the parish and those who want to be on the parish list or not.

  29. Financial Models … • Every Member Visitation Model • Limitations • Requires organization • Training visitors • Printed materials needed • Takes more time

  30. Financial Models … • The Telephone Appeal Model • Strengths • Low Cost • Allows for questions, answers, expressions of feelings • Easier to enlist callers than visitors • Updates parish list. • Limitations • Difficult to do in a caring manner • Associated with business solicitations • Calls too easily terminated • Requires careful training of callers • Provides little time for stewardship education and motivation.

  31. Financial Models … • Commitment Sunday Model • Strengths • Requires little time or training • Can distribute program materials easily • Is low cost. Can use a guest leader • Requires little calling and few volunteers • It provides a truly inspirational and motivational environment because it is the gathering of a faithful Christian community • It gives assurance of an honest, favorable response because the people who attend church regularly are more inclined to respond openly • It allows for the use of audio-visuals, graphs or charts.

  32. Financial Models … • Commitment Sunday Model • Limitations • May rise or fall on the strength of the sermon or the guest leader • Offers little opportunity for involvement, discussion and questions about parish programs • May require extensive follow up to those who do not attend (shut-ins, marginal members of the congregation • Two-thirds of the membership should be present for any measure of success It allows those who desire to avoid accepting responsibility to do so • It requires a follow-up of those not attending and of those who chose not to make commitments at the service.

  33. Financial Models … • Organized Mail-Out Model • Strengths • Requires little time • Includes all members of the parish • Requires little leadership. Is non-confrontational. • Limitations • Materials being mailed must be top quality • May be ineffective if discontent exists in the congregation because of the one-way communication • Resembles secular appeal for funds.

  34. Financial Models … • Combing the Models • Mix, blend parts of one or more • Mail commonly used in all models • Some specify no telephone contact • Some unable to attend events

  35. Planning Questions … Financial Development Questions • How will stewardship teaching be a focus at worship? • What educational opportunities will be presented during the weeks before, during and after the campaign? • What information do people need before making a commitment? • What model will be used to secure pledges? • How will the financial development campaign be concluded?

  36. Important Steps … • Understanding of our biblical theology about money • Coordination Plan • Communication Plan • Events Calendar • Recruiting/training program for leaders/visitors • A system detailing: • the content and timing of mailing(s) to the parish; • the content and timing of sermons, talks by lay people, parish meetings, etc., building to the time of pledging; • the system and time for visits/phone contact to parish members; • all deadlines to be met; • plans for a thanksgiving celebration; • plans for reporting results to the parish membership; • plans for a collection system and follow-up.

  37. Glen Mitchell, CFRE, CC, EPC Director of Gift Planning Diocese of New Westminster 580 – 401 W. Georgia Street Vancouver, BC V6B 5A1 Tel: (604) 684-6306 (x218) Fax: (604) 684-7017 Email: gmitchell@vancouver.anglican.ca Contact Me …

  38. Discussion Questions & Answers

  39. Thank You.