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Stewardship and Giving Campaigns - Diocese of Fond du Lac

Diocese of Fond du Lac

2009 Vestry Workshop

Stewardship

And

Giving Campaigns


A preacher announced from the pulpit," I have good news and

bad news. The good news is we have enough money to retire

the mortgage on the church.“

A sigh of relief went through the congregation.

The preacher continued: “…the bad news is, the money is still

in your pockets."


Stewardship

Wikepedia.com Definition

Stewardship is personal responsibility for taking care of another

person's property or financial affairs or in religious orders taking

care of finances. Historically, stewardship was the responsibility

given to household servants to bring food and drinks to a castle

dining hall. The term was then expanded to indicate a household

employee's responsibility for managing household or domestic

affairs. Stewardship later became the responsibility for taking care

of passengers' domestic needs on a ship, train and airplane, or

managing the service provided to diners in a restaurant. The term

continues to be used in these specific ways, but it is also used in a

more general way to refer to a responsibility to take care of

something one does not own.


“We We make a living by what we get,

we make a life by what we give.”

Sir Winston Churchill (1874‐1965)

1965)


“Find out how much God has given you and from it take what you

need; the remainder which you do not require is needed by others.

The extras of the rich are the necessities of the poor. Those who

retain what is superfluous possess the goods of others.”

St. Augustine of Hippo


What is Christian Stewardship?

Christian stewardship is grateful and responsible use of God's gifts g

in the light of

God's purpose as revealed in Jesus Christ. Christian stewards, empowered e

by the

Holy Spirit, commit themselves to conscious, purposeful decisions.

s.

www.stewardshipresources.org


What is Christian Stewardship?

Stewardship is everything we do once we say yes to God” It's not just about

money or giving. It includes every choice you make ‐ including how you will

impact the world and its resources. www.stewardshipresources.org


Christianity & The Environment

Preserving our Natural Resources

“For the good earth which God

has given us, and for the wisdom

and will to conserve it, let us pray

to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.”

Prayers of the People Form II

BCP page 384


“Eco Friendly”

With much more restrictive emissions standards for vehicles on the t

horizon, things have changed considerably in the past few years. In

some parts of the world, what was once a horsepower war between

the automakers has now turned into a battle for green supremacy.

The result? A win for the consumer and the environment.


Christian Stewardship in Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Interfaith Energy Stewardship Collaborative

People of all faiths working toward a just and sustainable future

http://www.wicec.org/pages/energy‐stewardship.html


Clean Power

http://www.wicec.org/pages/energy‐stewardship.html


Renewable Resources

• FFV (Flexible Fuel Vehicle)

• Bioethanol E85 (85% Ethanol)

• E85 is a renewable fuel made in the US

primarily from corn grown here in

Wisconsin

• www.energysavers.gov


Renew® in Wisconsin

Appleton/Grand Chute W Wisconsin Ave

Auroraville/Berlin Hwy. 21 & Hwy. 49

Cedar Grove Hwy. 32 & D

Green Bay/Howard Lineville Rd (at Piggly Wiggly)

Kewaunee Hwy. 29 (near Family Dollar)

Little Chute Hwy. N (near Best Wash)

Manitowoc Calumet Ave.

Mayville Hwy. 28 (at Piggly Wiggly)

Oostburg 9th St. (at Piggly Wiggly)

Oshkosh/76 Hwy. 41 & Hwy. 76

Oshkosh/South Park South Park Ave.

(near Pick & Save)

Plover Hwy. B ( near I‐39/Hwy. 51)

Sheboygan Falls Hwy. C (at Piggly Wiggly)

Waupaca Hwy. 54/Covered Bridge Rd. (nr Hwy. 10)

Waupun Hwy. 151 (at Piggly Wiggly)

Wautoma Hwy. 21 (at Stone Ridge Market)

Winneconne NOW OPEN! Hwy. 45 & 116


Conservation Ideas for the Parish

“Going Green”


Conservation Ideas for the Parish

• Recycle


Conservation Ideas for the Parish

• Recycle

• Eliminate Styrofoam


Conservation Ideas for the Parish

• Recycle

• Eliminate Styrofoam

• Biodegradable Cleaning Supplies


Conservation Ideas for the Parish

• Recycle

• Eliminate Styrofoam

• Biodegradable Cleaning Supplies

• Energy Saving Appliances


Conservation Ideas for the Parish

• Recycle

• Eliminate Styrofoam

• Biodegradable Cleaning Supplies

• Energy Saving Appliances

• Temperature Control


Traditional Christian Stewardship

Time, Talent and Treasure


Traditional Christian Stewardship

Time, Talent and Treasure

Tithing: The Biblical Standard


Traditional Christian Stewardship

Time, Talent and Treasure

Tithing: The Biblical Standard


Traditional Christian Stewardship

Time, Talent and Treasure

Tithing: The Biblical Standard

Is it really enough?


Traditional Christian Stewardship

Time, Talent and Treasure

Tithing: The Biblical Standard

Is it really enough?

Yet is it even realistic in today’s economy?


Actual Giving?

Christian Stewardship


Where Does The Money Go?


Why Does The Money Go There?

Parish

Church


Parochial Clergy

Q. What is the ministry of a priest or

presbyter?

A. The ministry of a priest is to represent

Christ and his Church, particularly as

pastor to the people; to share with the

bishop in the overseeing of the Church;

to proclaim the Gospel; to administer the

sacraments; and to bless and declare

pardon in the name of God.

From The Catechism,

Book of Common Prayer page 855


Buildings and Grounds


Programs


Parish Programs


Diocesan Programs


Diocesan Budget


Diocesan Budget: 2008


Diocesan Programs

• 19% Support for Outreach and Mission (Aid to Congregations, Pledge

to National Church, Province Dues, Ecumenical Memberships, ERD, UTO)

• 27% Support for the Episcopate (Stipend, Pension, Housing, Expenses,

Sabbatical / Lambeth / Succession Reserves)

• 32% Support for Diocesan Administration (Payroll, Convention, Audit,

Utilities, Maintenance, Licenses, Insurance,

General Convention Reserve)

• 17% Support for Congregational and Diocesan Ministries (Task Forces

and Commissions, Communication, Health Ministry, Youth Minister,

Youth Ministry, Christian Formation, Summer Camp)

• 5% Support for Ordained Ministry (Continuing Ed and Retreat,

Background Checks, Deployment, Deacon’s School, Retired Clergy

Insurance)

Note: almost all expenditures subsidize and do NOT fully fund ministries.


National Church Programs


National Church Programs

As Episcopalians, we make a solemn promise during our Baptismal Covenant to “seek and

serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbor as ourselves.” We’re sent into the world —

as individuals and as a community of believers, in witness to God’s love. We are sent to

serve as vehicles in His mission of reconciliation in the world. Loving our neighbor, serving

all persons, fostering reconciliation —this is the most important work we’ll ever do in our

lifetimes. http://www.er‐d.org/


Resources: Where To Go For Help


Reinventing The Wheel?

Cartoon by Steve Morgan


National Church Website

Stewardship

• Response to Economic Crisis

• Growth & Development

• What is Stewardship?

• So You're the New Stewardship Chair?

• Financial Commitment Programs That Work

• Year Round Stewardship

• Alleluia Fund

• Will Our Children Be Stewards?

http://www.episcopalchurch.org/stewardship.htm


National Church Website

So You're the New Stewardship Chair?

Getting Started

If excellence is your goal, where can you start? I suggest you begin by scheduling two meetings, one for review, the other for planning.

Financial Commitment Programs That Work

Programs, Methods, and "best kept secrets" of Financial Commitment Programs.

Characteristics of an Excellent Stewardship Program

Thirteen Points in an excellent stewardship program.

Building A Committee

If you have heeded the plea preached by stewardship conference leaders to “develop a year round stewardship program,” the odds are

that you are feeling a bit guilty that the year is marching on and you have done little so far. Where do you start? Here is one possibility.


National Church Website

Financial Commitment Programs That Work

Methods that Work Well

Every Member Canvass ‐ Canvassers call upon prospective givers/pledgers, talk about the mission

and work of the congregation, its role in the lives of those being visited, the canvasser’s own witness,

and invite a financial commitment. Twenty years ago this was the most effective method. Today it is

less so, but still a powerful strategy. Training for canvassers required.

Stewardship Banquet, Festive Meal, Deuteronomy Feast ‐Whatever you call it, it is a meal for the

congregation complete with special activities for the children, an engaging speaker, time for witness

to the value of the mission and ministry of the congregation in the lives of members and the

community, and an invitation to give as God is calling us to give. Training for table hosts required.

Cottage Meetings ‐ These small group meetings in member’s homes provide opportunities for

conversations about the work God is calling the congregation to do. They are an excellent idea for

congregations engaged in vision/mission review and future planning. They can be disastrous for

congregations experiencing conflict. Training for hosts and discussion leaders required.

Personal Notes ‐ Think of it as an every member canvass on personal stationery. These are personal

notes, written by members of the congregation to other members, not to be confused with the letter

composed by the rector or senior warden mail merged through the computer (or, even worse, copied

on the copier) and sent to everyone. Letter writers tell why they give and ask others to respond to

their own call from God. Training for letter writers is critical.


National Church Website

Keeping it Fresh!

• Design commitment programs that further the vision, mission, and

plan for your congregation.

• Use a different commitment program every year.

• Teach something new every year.

• Write a new stewardship prayer EVERY YEAR.

• The best materials are those that your congregation invents for

itself. This includes the commitment device (pledge card).

• When recruiting a committee, recruit skills, not just people you

think will say "yes."


National Church Website

The Alleluia Fund

The Alleluia Fund ‐ Build My Church is a

process by which a diocese can focus on

its mission and generate the start up

funds required to accomplish it. Its focus

is the cornerstone unit of the Episcopal

Church, the diocese. The Alleluia Fund‐

Build my Church is an annual diocesan

offering which takes place during the

Easter season. It has the capacity to

generate energy, enthusiasm, and

venture capital for the work of the

diocese.


National Church Website

Will our Children be Stewards?

“What are we teaching our children about stewardship?”is becoming a critical question for our

church. The fact is that we are teaching them very little. The baby boomers whose parents

passed out nickels, dimes, and quarters for childish hands to place in offering places are not

passing that instruction along.

Why does it matter?

Why does it matter? Listen to a few stewardship witness talks. “My parents taught me to tithe”

is a common beginning. How many of our children could say that? If we are not careful, we will

soon have a generation of gospel consumers who have not been formed to contribute

something of their own substance to the proclamation of that gospel to the world.


National Church Website

Growth & Development

Studying Your Congregation and Community (Diocesan & Parochial Charts)

http://www.episcopalchurch.org/growth_60791_ENG_HTM.htm?menupage=50929


Trends: Diocesan


Trends: Parochial


Ecumenical Stewardship Center

www.stewardshipresources.org


Ecumenical Stewardship Center

Bulletin Inserts

https://www.stewardshipresources.org/Store/tabid/55/List/1/SortField/0/Default.aspx


Ecumenical Stewardship Center

Posters and

Letterhead

https://www.stewardshipresources.org/Store/tabid/55/List/1/SortField/0/Default.aspx


Ecumenical Stewardship Center

Commitment Cards and Envelopes

https://www.stewardshipresources.org/Store/tabid/55/List/1/SortField/0/Default.aspx


Ecumenical Stewardship Center

Posters and

Letterhead

https://www.stewardshipresources.org/Store/tabid/55/List/1/SortField/0/Default.aspx


Ecumenical Stewardship Center

Commitment Cards and Envelopes

https://www.stewardshipresources.org/Store/tabid/55/List/1/SortField/0/Default.aspx


Stewardship in the Bible

Parables of Jesus that help us understand Stewardship

– Matt. 13:1‐9

The Four Soils

37 The Good Samaritan

– Luke 10:25‐37

– Luke 12:13‐21

21 The Rich Fool

– Luke 12:35‐40

The Expectant Steward

– Luke 14:15‐24

The Great Feast

– Luke 16:1‐13

13 The Unjust Steward

– Luke 16:19‐31

The Rich Man & The Beggar

– Mark 12:1‐12

The Laborers and The Vineyard


How Do We Do All This?

• Christian Responsibility


How Do We Do All This?

• Christian Responsibility

• Teaching Stewardship


How Do We Do All This?

• Christian Responsibility

• Teaching Stewardship

• Difficult Economic Times


How Do We Do All This?

• Christian Responsibility

• Teaching Stewardship

• Difficult Economic Times

• People turn to God, the Church


How Do We Do All This?

• Christian Responsibility

• Teaching Stewardship

• Difficult Economic Times

• People turn to God, the Church

• Year Round Programs


How Do We Do All This?

• Christian Responsibility

• Teaching Stewardship

• Difficult Economic Times

• People turn to God, the Church

• Year Round Programs


How Do We Do All This?

• Christian Responsibility

• Teaching Stewardship

• Difficult Economic Times

• People turn to God, the Church

• Year Round Programs

• Marketing Our Churches


How Do We Do All This?

• Christian Responsibility

• Teaching Stewardship

• Difficult Economic Times

• People turn to God, the Church

• Year Round Programs

• Marketing Our Churches

• Seasonality Forecasts


Lloyd C. Douglas tells the story of [the explorer] Thomas Hearne e [1745‐1792], 1792], who, "in his journey to the mouth of the

Coppermine River, wrote that a few days after they had started on their expedition, a party of Indians stole most of

their supplies. His comment on the apparent misfortune was: 'The weight of our baggage being so much lightened,

our next day's journey was more swift and pleasant.'

Hearne was in route to something very interesting and important; and the loss of a few sides of bacon and a couple of

bags of flour meant nothing more than an easing of the load. Had Hearne been holed in somewhere, in a cabin,

resolved to spend his last days eking out an existence, and living on capital previously collected, the loss of some of his

stores by plunder would probably have worried him almost to death."

How we respond to "losing" some of our resources for God's work depends upon whether we are on the move or

waiting for our last stand.

Lloyd C. Douglas, The Living Faith.

Michael Peake photo


Individual or Family

• Provide information


Individual or Family

• Provide information

• Evening Programs


Individual or Family

• Provide information

• Evening Programs

• Managing personal money


Individual or Family

• Provide information

• Evening Programs

• Managing personal money

• Parishioners with expertise


Individual or Family

• Provide information

• Evening Programs

• Managing personal money

• Parishioners with expertise

• Estate planning


Individual or Family

• Provide information

• Evening Programs

• Managing personal money

• Parishioners with expertise

• Estate planning

• Quarterly Statements


Individual or Family

• Provide information

• Evening Programs

• Managing personal money

• Parishioners with expertise

• Estate planning

• Quarterly Statements

• Encourage Participation


Individual or Family

• Provide information

• Evening Programs

• Managing personal money

• Parishioners with expertise

• Estate planning

• Quarterly Statements

• Encourage Participation

Stewardship Sunday


Individual or Family

• Provide information

• Evening Programs

• Managing personal money

• Parishioners with expertise

• Estate planning

• Quarterly Statements

• Encourage Participation

Stewardship Sunday

• Thematic Campaigns


Individual or Family

• Provide information

• Evening Programs

• Managing personal money

• Parishioners with expertise

• Estate planning

• Quarterly Statements

• Encourage Participation

Stewardship Sunday

• Thematic Campaigns

• Pledge Cards


Individual or Family

• Provide information

• Evening Programs

• Managing personal money

• Parishioners with expertise

• Estate planning

• Quarterly Statements

• Encourage Participation

Stewardship Sunday

• Thematic Campaigns

• Pledge Cards

• Offering at the Altar


Diocese of Fond du Lac

2009 Vestry Workshop

Stewardship

And

Giving Campaigns

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