Stewardship

Forming Christians in Generosity and Abundance

Christian Stewardship is relationship – relationship with each other, our relationship with the institutions of our congregations, our relationship with our Creator who has given us all good gifts. These relationships are reflections of the care, responsibility, and support we give to each other, empowering us to do good works and to deepen our faith.

We can help you

  • Grow your annual campaign
  • Think about blended campaigns for special needs – capital, new ministry funding
  • Tap into generosity, creativity, and new energy for your annual campaigns
  • Deepen formation, and begin thinking about year-round stewardship
  • Develop preaching and teaching resources for talking about money in church

The Diocese of California supports congregations in their annual pledge campaigns through

  • Consultations with stewardship committees, vestries, and Bishop’s committees
  • Strategy and guidance in employing common stewardship models and tools
  • Visioning and goal-setting workshops for congregations – helping identify opportunities for mission
  • Coaching and training on making the invitation to pledge/donate
  • Guidance and review of campaign materials
  • Preach and teach about generosity and giving

Fourth-Thursday 2021 Stewardship Series – Free workshops for church fundraising

We are excited to release seven webinars focused on stewardship formation, pledge campaigns, and planned giving. To enroll in these free webinars, please visit and subscribe to our Eventbrite page, where you’ll learn about all our stewardship workshops as they’re developed. www.diocal.eventbrite.com

February 25 
Evaluating Your Pledge Campaign

To view the recorded webinar, please visit https://youtu.be/TirkvIVlMrU

The slide decks are available for download here:
Download slides in English
Descargar diapositivas en Español 

March 25 
Year-Round Stewardship Formation

To view the recorded webinar, please visit https://youtu.be/q378hqOaN08

The slide decks are available for download here:
Download slides in English
Descargar diapositivas en Español

April 22 - 7PM
Recruiting and Training a Stewardship Team

To view the recorded webinar, please visit https://youtu.be/YUeOQYAD7Vs

The slide decks are available for download here:
Download slides in English 
Descargar diapositivas en Español 

May 27 - 7PM
Mid-Year Budget and Mission Review

To view the recorded webinar, please visit: https://youtu.be/ioB7uzsE1IQ

The slide decks are available for download here:
Download the slides in English 
Descargar diapositivas en Español 

June 24 - 7PM

Virtual Stewardship 201

Expand on what we all learned in 2020 about raising money online and running our pledge campaigns virtually. Learn updated tips, new technologies, and new ideas in online fundraising. Please register to get the link to join. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/140615684297

July 22 - 7PM
Creating Compelling Stewardship Materials

Learn best practices and practical tips to create great messaging and materials that promote generosity in your congregation. Please register to get the link to join. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/140615987203

August 26 - 7PM
Breaking the Pledge Plateau

Best practices, tips, and support to help your members learn more about generosity, mission, and opportunities to give. Help overcome donor fatigue in your congregation. Please register to get the link to join. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/140616179779

September 23 - 7PM
Reinvigorating Your Legacy Society

Best practices on how to create and grow a legacy society in your ministry. Review of the most common planned giving vehicles and how to promote them in your congregation or institution. Please register to get the link to join. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/140616797627

 

View Webinars on Stewardship in the Diocese of California

Virtual Offering Plates and Online Stewardship 101, July 30, 2020 https://youtu.be/2lRdkl2cxwU

Using the TENS 2020 Resources, Virtually August 13, 2020 https://youtu.be/8JeyPi0Idsk

Raising Money for Mission – Virtual Auctions, Galas, & Events August 20, 2020 https://youtu.be/Jz30X4iECt8

Creating Virtual Community for Stewardship August 27, 2020 https://youtu.be/bkDoUk92rqQ

Tax Implications for 2020 – Your Planned Gift September 26, 2020 https://youtu.be/70CDxQISOgw

 

Call or email Davey Gerhard, Director of Development, for more information or to set up a virtual or in-person planning session. daveyg@diocal.org

Free Stewardship Resources

TENS

The Diocese of California is a member of TENS: The Episcopal Network for Stewardship.  As such, all members in the diocese may use the TENS annual pledge campaign resources for free. All resources are in English and Spanish, and include:

  • Annual Pledge Campaign with timelines and instructions
  • Customizable Sample letters 
  • Customizable Pledge Cards
  • Prayers of the People for Stewardship
  • Theological Reflections on Stewardship Themes

To access the member resources, you’ll need a user name and password, which change annually.

 

2021 TENS Access

https://www.tens.org/annual-pledge-campaigns/

Password: James1:17

Please note, password is case sensitive

 

Episcopal Resource Center

Jointly with the Diocese of El Camino Real, the Diocese of California operates an online library of resources for all topics related to congregations, including stewardship resources. To access the online catalog, please visit https://stthomas-svale.org/library-episcopal-resource-center/ You will find numerous books, workbooks, and materials to help you raise money for ministry in your congregation or institution.