What is Stewardship?
Christian Stewardship is not a programme, nor is about raising money. Instead, it is part of our lifelong discipleship journey.
Stewardship is a way of life in which we regard ourselves and our possessions as being held on trust from God, to be used in His service. God has made us His stewards or managers of everything He has given to us: our time, our abilities, our possessions, our money, our whole lives.
Stewardship for Christians is not about giving so that the church can “make ends meet” but, rather acknowledging how generously God has given to us and then generously giving back to God and seeing His church grow as it is resourced for mission and ministry.
For advice or assistance with any aspects of Stewardship or running a programme telephone Stephanie Rankin 01254 503273 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Stephanie at:
Parish Mission Support Department
Walker Office Park
Stephanie can arrange to come and meet with your PCC to talk about what Stewardship means, discuss some observations about the parish finances and giving, and give an overview of how to use the resources within the "Giving in Grace" Stewardship Programme within your parish.
You might like to look at some of the links below:
Click here to go to the Giving in Grace website, which contains all the resources you need to plan a stewardship programme, including ideas for prayer and worship, templates for letters and supporting literature, and sermon outlines. This is the stewardship programme which parishes throughout our Diocese are using. Stephanie can provide you with more help and assistance about how to use this material.
Click here to go to the Church of England's Parish Resources site - includes help with Gift Aid and Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme and everything your PCC needs to know about them.
Click here to go to the Church of England's Parish Buying site launched in January 2012 to help save parishes £10 million per annum.