Building a generous church

“You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.”

KAHLIL GIBRAN

 

Giving Reviews

Watch the film below to find out about a Giving Review:

 

We recommend that every church PCC conducts a giving review every single year. A giving review is not a financial review, it looks at giving as an act of Christian Discipleship and asks what are we doing as a generous church. What a review looks like depends entirely on you and your personal preference. We can join your PCC meeting to conduct a review or your PCC can discuss and complete the Giving Review Prompt Sheet:

  • This webinar from the National Giving team is an excellent explanation of how to run a giving review.

  • A Giving Review prompt sheet which will help you think about generosity in your church, or see this similar template from the Church of England.

  • If you attended the 'How to conduct a giving review' webinar, download the slides here to discuss at your PCC or to explore the links in more depth.

  • The Generosity Toolkit is a resource for your PCC to meet and reflect on your shared experience of generosity in the life of your church. By working through the cards in the toolkit, you will look in depth at what generosity is, consider what you are already doing well, and where you could improve and grow. A webinar to explain the toolkit has been produced by the National Giving team.

  • Giving for Life helps parishes review their approach to issues of stewardship and generosity, within a context of discipleship. 

  • Giving in Grace comprehensive resources which enable clergy and lay leaders to create over time a culture of stewardship in the local church and release Christians to "excel in the grace of giving" (2 Cor 8:7).

  • Generosity Gift and Grace is a 5 week programme that encourages all members of your church to consider what it means to be generous.

    We are pleased to be able to tell you that we are now able to visit your PCC meeting or have an informal chat with you about how to build a generous church. Please contact us on resourcingparishes [at] leeds.anglican.org

     

    Building a generous church is a MINT IDEA

    2020 saw the launch of a brand new National Giving Strategy. You can find out how to build a generous church in the 3 minute video below and read more by following this link.

     

     

    If you want to learn how to increase giving to your church, there are four areas we need to focus on, and they helpfully form the acronym MINT:

    Have the right mechanisms for giving, such as direct debit, contactless, online, legacies, gift aid and so on.  

    Show the impact of people’s giving, how it enables the church’s ministry and mission.  

    Explain the need for people to give, so they see how important it is that they give. 

    Build trust, so that people have confidence that the church will spend their gifts wisely and well. 

    If you have these things in place, you have created the best environment for people to give. You can find more on all these areas here, including advice, guidance, training and case studies.  

    Understandably, many people focus on the ‘mechanisms’ section, as this shows how to provide the different ways people wish to give. However, please don’t neglect the other areas, they are every bit as important and you need to give them equal attention. There is a multiplier effect with these four areas, the more you develop one area, the greater the impact of the work you do in the other areas. Don’t forget too that this is all a team endeavour, it is important that we all take a responsibility for enabling giving and we all work together to enable giving.

     

    Giving starts with messages of Generosity. Generosity is at the heart of our faith, we believe in a generous God and our own generosity is a testament and hallmark of our faith in action. The ministry and mission of The Church of England is largely funded through the incredible generosity of those who give to it.

    A generous culture is also essential for a church to develop a sustainable ministry. That generosity can be expressed in many different ways. It is not only about financial giving, but then financial giving is part of living generously. To cultivate a generous culture, there are four areas we need to focus on: 

    Inspire people through generous leadership and celebrating generosity within the life of the church. 

    Disciple members, through resources, teaching and learning ,so people can grow in an understanding of God’s generosity towards them, and how they can live generous lives. 

    Embed generosity in the life of the church, in its plans, services and ministry and weave it into everything the church does. 

    Activate generosity, by providing opportunities for people to grow in generosity and apply what they have discovered.  

    Understanding how to grow a culture is critically important. This is not about delivering a series of initiatives, but about changing our way of being and behaving. It requires patience, commitment and determination and above all prayer. Leadership is crucial, but this is something that all need to be committed to so that we become the generous community we are called to be. 

     

    Clergy and Laity Training Series

    The National Giving Team now have a specialist who is leading training on Christian Giving. Martha Wetherill's training topics include The Theology of Giving, Giving in the Wider Community, Tales of Generosity and What does our Congregation Think About Giving? To book on to any of the webinars click on this link and scroll to the bottom of the page.

     

    Generosity Weeks

    These Generosity Week materials can be used at any time to fit in with a stewardship campaign you may be running in your church. Click on the images to find out more.

     

    We believe in a generous God, a God who gave us everything. Giving and generosity are inextricably linked with the living out of our Christian faith.

    As a church we need to encourage generosity whenever we can, so why not consider using The Generosity Week programme? Eight days of service and worship materials for churches to use whatever the time of the year to encourage people to live generously.

    A similar set of resources for you to use in church to promote generosity, and gratitude at harvest time can be accessed from the Parish Resources website.

     

    Charitable Giving Policy

    If you are looking for some help when planning who you give to as a Parish, have a look at this example of a charitable giving policy which is based on a draft produced by Nick Morgan, Assistant Curate in Masham and Healey Benefice.
    This document provides a really helpful starting point for a PCC to discuss how they want to support charities.  It helps to provide a structure for giving money to support others which in turn will help with budgeting.

    Click here to see the example Charitable Giving Policy.

     

     

     


     

     

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