Last updated 2nd November 2022
As the economy takes a beating and energy prices soar, everyone is wondering ‘how will this affect us long-term?'
When it comes to the church; without action, energy bills will rise and heating a building (particularly with high ceilings) will be difficult and in some cases, may be even impossible.
Perhaps we picture dark, frozen stone rooms with pillows of steam raising to the heavens as we sing praises come December?
But we have a God who is bigger and greater and a church made up of people ready and willing to help.
The approaching winter means it’s time to take ownership of your approach to stewardship in the church. On this page and others in this section of the website you will find helpful tips, tricks, and insights.
When you have read through everything, if you want more help or advice please contact:
Read more about how Stephanie and Christy can help you below or click here.
"Our desire is not that others might be relieved while you are hard pressed, but that there might be equality. At the present time your plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need"
2 Corinthians 8:13-14
When we actively build a generous church, we talk openly about ministry and its needs.
Our congregations know about volunteers and prayer, but also monetary needs and what it is used for.
When we are openly thankful, not seasonally but daily: this leads to an open and safe environment for others to discuss their own needs.
How can those in need feel safe to reach out if the entire congregation shrinks back at the mention of giving?
We must be sensitive when we ask for anything, and perhaps there are those who feel this prompting is ill-timed. However, the act of giving and our attitude toward it is more pressing than ever before.
During this time of uncertainty, and the deep practical needs your community will have. You may look to become heated areas and to hold community meals.
As you seek to supply the ever-growing demand of your food banks and stretch to the challenge of the different spiritual needs people will have. Are you prepared to meet these needs?
"Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. As it is written: They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor; their righteousness endures forever.”
2 Corinthians 9:6-9, NIV
When we destigmatize money by talking openly about what we as a church and a charity use it for and are unashamed, we take away the power of the age-old myth, that talking about money is somehow wrong.
When we a take the sting out of finance, we open up the floor for discussion. So that those who are financially sound can give, and give sacrificially with the discernment of the holy spirit.
First things first ... good stewardship isn’t a fix to a financial problem! It is a ministry that needs to be planted, tended to and grown within your church.
When we are stewards of the church we don’t just look after God’s people we look after the finances that come with it.
Treasurer or not, EVERYONE in church leadership should be aware of stewardship and understand how to responsibly look after the church’s finances in whatever role they undertake.
Stewardship isn’t just up to your financial team, although they will be the spearhead. It is also in the attitudes and relationships of your entire leadership team.
Healthy church finances are easier to achieve with a team committed to learning about generosity and growing together.
Much like any ministry it should never be ignored or cast aside. Generosity isn’t just about finances; it’s about the gifting of time, talents, patience, and anything that we can give of ourselves in the service of God’s ministry.
Cultivating a generous church not only leads to healthy finances but a better balance of volunteers and a healthy leadership team.
The generous church check-up template
If you need help with that 'lightbulb moment' the best thing you can do to start getting proactive about stewardship is to contact one of our Stewardship Resourcing Officers: Stephanie Rankin or Christy Sawyer.
They are not here to simply firefight for churches in financial difficulty. They work alongside any church looking into the health of their finances and their approach to stewardship.
In the Blackburn Diocese Stephanie and Christy (contact details in the introduction) are ready to help you with any questions you have, or support you may need.
Stewardship is a ministry, and we believe it should be treated as such. Not with one-off big events, but with continuous prayer, support and discipleship.
Currently, the Diocese offers TWO programmes to aid and support you in your stewardship ministry. A Stewardship Campaign is often about making ends meet.
An ongoing Stewardship ministry is about knowing and believing that God’s church should be growing; that it should be resourced for mission and ministry.
The Generosity, Gift and Grace course works well as a study tool, especially within small groups.
Meanwhile, Giving in Grace is a comprehensive, customizable set of resources for your church that can be used over a variety of timelines. You would have access to ideas for prayer and worship, sermon outlines, templates for letters, and supporting literature.
You would have the support of one of our trusted Stewardship Resourcing Officers. Working alongside your Treasurer and Gift Aid Secretary, they can create financial reports. These reports often help PCC's in planning a Stewardship Ministry.
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Below are a raft of other helpful resources. For more on all of this information you can also visit the 'Discipleship' and 'Parish Finance' pages on this website which can be found under the 'Resources' heading on the homepage.
Ronnie Semley, page created November 1 and regularly updated