"Making Room" a Christmas Eve Sermon by The Rev. Canon Lance Ousley was preached at St. John's Episcopal Church in Kirkland, WA on Decembert 24, 2015.
Stewardship & Giving
The Stewardship and Development Office provides resources to congregations around year round stewardship, annual campaigns, and planned giving. The focus is on a theology of abundance, understanding that all we have are gifts from God, so Christian Stewardship is our reflection of giving back to God in gratitude for all that has been given to us.
The diocesan stewardship program operates on a holistic approach, with resources and efforts aimed at the Four Fields of Giving: Annual Giving; Legacy Giving; Capital Giving; Mission Giving. Stewardship of the environment and year round stewardship are also emphasized in partnership with other program groups in the diocese.
Stewardship is key to congregational development, it is not just about money, but about integrating stewardship into one’s life as a Christian, giving back to God from all the gifts God has given to us.
The Stewardship and Development office sends weekly Steward Stirrings: and periodic emails with stewardship tips and information. To be added to this list send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ideas for developing a year round stewardship program
Resource to help teach stewardship through alternative gift giving
This is an Annual Campaign Plan that centers on the theme of Creation and a recent install of stained-glass windows in the church. This campaign is well-planned and connects the giving and ministries of this congregation in a visible way. It is important to plan ahead and be well-organized to have an effective campaign.
This is a sample of a letter written by a priest in charge of a congregation during the Annual Pledge Campaign. This letter in particular would be accompanied by a pledge card and a return envelope. However, note that the congregation includes a specific date for collecting and blessing the pledge cards during the Sunday morning liturgy. We encourage church's not to receive pledges until the "ingathering" date because there often is much more to be said during the campaign before one discerns the fullness of their annual pledge.
These are sample letters written by a priest in charge of a congregation during the Annual Pledge Campaign segmented into two groups in the congregation, Pledgers and Non-Pledgers. This letter is not accompanied by a pledge card and a return envelope, because those are distributed during the Sunday morning service on the Pledge Ingathering Date (Commitment Sunday).
This is a sample of a letter written by a warden of a congregation during the Annual Pledge Campaign. This letter in particular could be sent in the middle of the Annual Pledge Campaign. It includes an invitation to reflect on their blessings in the congregation and to discern what God is calling them to give.
Authorization form for automatic withdrawal of funds to be given to the Diocese
PDF version of the PowerPoint presentation...and overview of the 4 types of giving and list of best practices.
Power Point presentation overview of four types of giving and list of best practices.
Brochure with list of components as "Better Practices" for developing the Stewardship ministry.
Information and the Signup Form for Diocese of Olympia Bishop's Society
Overview of stewardship, four types of giving and building a holistic stewardship team
A Powerpoint presentation on the overview of stewardship, four types of giving and building a holistic stewardship team.
Resource list for Earth Sunday activities
Policy for accepting congregational gifts
This resources is an outline of the components of effective missional Annual Pledge Campaigns. Follow this guide and set out on a journey of connecting annual giving to the mission and vision of your congregation.