Generosity and Stewardship


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I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

John 10:10

Jesus said to them, ‘They need not go away; you give them something to eat.’  They replied, ‘We have nothing here but five loaves and two fish.’ And he said, ‘Bring them here to me.’ Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds.  And all ate and were filled; and they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full.  Matthew 14:16-20 

The story of the loaves and the fishes is a great illustration of God’s generosity – out of scarcity comes abundance.  God’s generosity is hugely abundant.  Everything we have comes from God – our family and friends, talents and skills, the world around us.  How should we respond?  To nurture these generous gifts from a generous God, and to say ‘thank you’ – I want to give something back to God, and to our neighbours, communities, and environment.  Generosity is rooted in our relationship with one another and with God.  That generosity gives everyone an opportunity to share in the mission of Christ and the ministry which supports that mission.

ENCOURAGING GIVING

It has been a difficult time in the life of our nation and of our Church.  We are thankful that we can open our churches again, but the suspension of public worship and closure of our buildings, loss of income from cash collections, envelopes, occasional offices, fundraising events and hall lettings had a huge impact on the income of our parish churches.

As Archbishop Justin has said, the Church of England is not closing – but Church is changing. This must be so if the Church of England is to continue to be the Church for England - our ministry is now needed more than ever in so many different ways.

It is also a time to think about the ways in which people give to the church, and how we need to change in response to this new way of doing church. 

Why do people give to Church, what will stop them and how can we encourage them?

If you want to encourage your church family to give, remember to:

  • Show them the difference their giving is making, and its impact of church and community.
  • Tell them why you need their money.
  • show them that you can manage their money.
  • Lead by example with your own generous giving.
  • Make it as easy as possible to give.

LOOKING AT GENEROSITY AND GIVING – FOR PCCs

As a PCC there are some steps you can take to make sure you are following best practice in fostering generosity in financial giving and doing what you can to encourage a culture of generosity in your church.

Click here for a simple review which your PCC can work through.

SETTING UP ONLINE and DIGITAL GIVING

The evidence is there that churches which are enabling online donations are getting more money coming in.  For information about how to get online click here.

For information about contactless card readers click here.

QR codes enable people with a mobile phone to donate anywhere direct from their phone.  Find more information here.

THANKS! 

Remember to thank your donors, individually, letting them see the difference which their money has made.  Just as we appreciate the gifts which we are given, our givers really need to feel appreciated too.

GET SUPPORT

Liz Mullins is our Stewardship and Funding Adviser.  Please get in touch for anything related to generosity and stewardship.

Email: lmullins@diocant.org 
Tel: 01227 459401
Mob: 07768881059