Resources to Support Congregational Stewardship
Pour your grace into our hearts, O Lord, that we who have known the incarnation of your Son Jesus Christ, announced by an angel to the Virgin Mary, may by his cross and passion be brought to the glory of his resurrection; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Dear Colleagues in Ministry,
Thank you for all that you are doing at this critical moment for our country and the Church. I continue to raise up your talents and faithfulness in my daily prayers and hope that you and your families are well. In this new season of ministry, I am writing to provide some recommendations and resources to support congregational stewardship.
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- Realm (onrealm.org)
- Blackbaud (blackbaud.com)
When assessing potential vendors be sure to focus on clarity and ease-of-use for your parishioners. When appealing for on-line giving, please do not ask donors to cover processing fees – this is shown to be a deterrent to giving.
Tech Soup may be able to help you with electronic giving and other technology needs. They provide very low-cost services, as well as donated hardware and software to non-profit organizations. (See techsoup.org)
Many parishes have necessarily cancelled events this spring including galas and other fundraising events. Consider hosting a virtual gala or “no show” event instead in order to raise some contributed income. You might also collect ticket fees as normal while postponing the event to a later date. Also considering asking would-be and early sponsors to give anyway and find alternative ways to recognize their generosity, such as on-line or on-site at the reopening of your church building.
I hope this information is helpful. Please do not hesitate to contact me with additional questions or needs for assistance. I remain available to schedule clergy appointments, individual parish sessions, and deanery calls. If necessary, scheduling during non-traditional hours is possible. Please also forward any specific prayer requests – you are in my daily devotions with confidence in God’s abundance. I look forward to being with you again when together we may proclaim “Alleluia!
The Rev. Canon Suzanne M. Culhane
Canon for Stewardship