Generosity and Stewardship
For God so he gave loved the world that his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. John 3:16
Often people think that stewardship involves asking the congregation for money every so often – particularly if there is a financial crisis in the parish. However, there is much more to stewardship than money. Everything we have comes from God – our families and friends, the world we live in, all our possessions and money as well. God even gave his own son, so that we can live.
Stewardship isn’t about money. It is about generosity. It is about faith and discipleship.
Our response to God’s generosity should be to say thank you, to nurture those gifts and 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.
I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5
We really want people to give to our churches as part of a loving and cheerful response to all that we have been given by God. In reality, however, many people will give money to the church because they believe their money will be well used. They will understand that their gift to the church makes a difference. If your church has robust and well-received mission plans, which you have communicated effectively to the church family, your people are more likely to think their gift will make that difference, and more likely to trust you with their time, energy and money.
People also give because they are part of something – they feel they belong, and giving helps cement that feeling.
We can work with your parish to encourage generosity. We run effective financial giving campaigns, and can advise on annual stewardship renewals. We are also here to support you as you think about how you can become a more generous church, and also grow your income.
Get in touch
Liz Mullins is the Stewardship and Funding Adviser for the Diocese of Canterbury. Please get in touch for anything related to generosity and stewardship.
T: 01227 459401