Way of Life Stewardship Toolkit for Your Congregation

Stewardship-logoA variety of tools are available to help you build the ministry of stewardship into your parish's culture: ideas for year-round stewardship, a sample stewardship plan, stewardship timeline, bulletin inserts, an outline for preparing a narrative budget and templates for developing a stewardship package based on your narrative budget to share both with your congregation during your annual financial stewardship and with newcomers at any time of the year.

Ideas for year-round stewardship, a suggested year-round stewardship calendar, information about electronic giving options, and stewardship best practices and evaluation guidelines for your congregation's stewardship ministry are also available

Stewardship Package Templates
Customizable Templates are available to help you develop a stewardship package for your congregation and newcomers. These templates are designed to be customized by you for your parish using your narrative budget as a foundation (see building a narrative budget). The stewardship package templates include: introduction letter, how to make your commitment, offering commitment form, time & talent offering commitment form, Questions and Answers, Stewardship booklet (5.5x8.5), bookmark, outside envelope and return envelope. The Legacy Giving booklet and brochure can be included with this package as an option. (See the sample stewardship plan for how the stewardship package and your annual financial stewardship can work together.)

Stewardship as a Way of Life Year Round
These links provide many excellent ideas and opportunities to focus on stewardship as a way of life throughout the year. Ideas for stewardship education with children, youth, young adults and families are included as well as a focus on stewardship of creation, justice, local and global communities and much more.
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Year-Round Stewardship Calendar
We are accustomed to thinking of stewardship in terms of an annual financial stewardship campaign. It happens once a year. But stewardship is not an annual "event" we hold in October. Stewardship is what we do with all that God has given us, all the time. This calendar takes stewardship out of the "annual occurrence" category and places it where it should be - right in front of us, all year round. Each month the church season is explained, and a theme is identified around which individual and congregational activities might take place in five categories: Spiritual Growth, Ministry Spotlight, Financial Health, Outside Ourselves and God's Creation. The calendar is in this link. http://www.dwtx.org/departments/stewardship/year-round-stewardship/

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Electronic Giving

Best Practices and Evaluation

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