Welcome to Stewardship and Income Generation
News from the Anglican Giving Review
2,000 Anglicans were surveyed between July-September 2020 on giving perceptions and practice. Anglicans were defined as those who consider themselves as active supporters of the Church of England and attend church at least once a month.
The survey shows that simple things can be done quickly and easily to encourage giving, and so grow the ministry and mission of the church. The survey will be repeated every two years to track the impact of the National Giving Strategy on giving within the Church of England.
Top 10 Findings:
- A third of Anglicans do not give to their Church
- 40% of Anglicans have never been asked to give regularly
- Nearly half of Anglicans have never been asked to review their giving
- Only half of Anglicans have heard a sermon on giving in the past 12 months & 60% said it didn’t change their thinking on giving if they had
- Less than a third of Anglicans say they are regularly thanked for their giving
- The most popular reason to give to their Church was to help keep the building maintained.
- Twice as many Anglicans have been asked to give by collection envelope (60%) compared to direct debit (31%)
- Anglicans are three times as likely to leave a legacy to charity than they are to church
- Only 27% of Anglicans view their church’s need as ‘very important’
- 49% feel they would be motivated to give more if they understood the impact of their giving
Top 10 Recommendations from The National Church:
- Regularly communicate the needs of the church and the impact of people’s giving
- Promote and encourage regular giving by Direct Debit / Standing Order such as the Parish Giving Scheme, and explain why it is important
- Ask all members to review their giving as part of an annual giving campaign
- Enable people to learn about living a generous life as part of their discipleship
- Encourage giving in a variety of different ways and using different methods.
- Ensure givers are formally thanked at least once a year for their giving
- Encourage giving to the church as a way of maintaining the church building for current and future generations.
- Ensure your church has the means for people to give digitally and promote them
- Provide information about why legacies are needed and communicate this to your members
- Give examples of giving that resemble a shopping list e.g. £5 a week helps support our Messy Church, £15 helps fund our building, creating a warm, comfortable and hospitable place for prayer and celebration. Your support enables us to continue to do God's work here and in our community.
The Stewardship and income Generation Team have been working with Senior Clergy and the Diocesan Leadership Teams to condense the recommendations into 3 straightforward steps:
- Parishes hold a Giving Review every year.
- Parishes use the Parish Giving Scheme as the 'preferred way to give' to church.
- Clergy and church leaders engage with Generous Giving Training with the National Giving Team and the Diocesan Stewardship and Income Generation Team training and drop-in sessions on all relevant topics.
We are also giving talks to parishes, deaneries and clergy groups about the survey and about ways to grow generous churches. Would you like us to speak to your group? Contact Becky or Janet now to make an appointment. Our details are below.
The Stewardship and Income Generation team can help in a number of ways including;
- Helping you build a Generous Church
- Helping you to conduct a Financial Review and a Giving Review
- Introducing and running planned giving in your church with the Parish Giving Scheme
- Legacy giving and Giving in Memory
- Advice and support about Digital and Online Giving and fundraising
- General advice on finding funding for a project
- Information and advice on Parish Share
- Payroll and parish accounting advice
- Providing online information through our pages on the Digital Learning Platform
For advice and assistance please contact the team on
resourcingparishes [at] leeds.anglican.org on 0113 3530 216
For further information relating to financial issues follow the link to the Finance pages.
The DAC (Diocesan Advisory Committee) can provide advice and information on applying for a faculty for development work in churches.
Meet the team
Lead Stewardship Officer
Finance Officer (Services)
Financial Services Accountant