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

 

Join us for a Year of Living Generously

Stewardship Conversations in the Diocese of California
 

January 27, 2022 6:30 – 8PM Pacific
Telling our Stewardship Stories
How we feel about money impacts how we feel about generosity. We’ll start our journey together with some narratives about our own formational experiences about money and meaning.  To register for free, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/189236701067

February 24, 2022 6:30 – 8PM Pacific
Why we Give in Church
We’ll explore our motivations to be generous. Is it our duty, our joy, our habit, or our gift to give back? Explore the intersection of our motives and meaning. To register for free, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/189236701067

March 24, 2022 6:30 – 8PM Pacific
The Power of our Money
More than income and expenses, our money is a tool for change – for creation or for destruction. Let’s explore how we put our money to work for our values. To register for free, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/189236701067

April 28, 2022 6:30 – 8PM Pacific
Shaking off Winter’s Sleep – Stories of Resurrection
What are the new policies, tools, approaches, and ideas we need to develop as our younger generations step into their generosity and giving discipline? To register for free, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/189236701067

May 26, 2022 6:30 – 8PM Pacific
Rogation all Around Us
How do we assess the needs of our community to find out how our congregations can plug into fixing our broken world. Neighborhood embeddedness is at the heart of our thriving congregations. To register for free, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/189236701067

June 23, 2022 6:30 – 8PM Pacific
Pledge Campaign on the Horizon
We’ll talk about how we keep in touch with the goals we set at our annual meeting and report on the great work of Stewardship as we begin to think about our upcoming campaigns. This is a great session to talk about ministry goals and motivating / recruiting your Stewardship Committee.  To register for free, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/189236701067

July 28. 2022 6:30 – 8PM Pacific
Summer Stargazing – Congregations in Constellation
Learn tools for collaboration with neighborhood businesses, nonprofits, and other faith communities as we learn more about sustainable practices in our congregations. To register for free, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/189236701067

August 25, 2022 6:30 – 8PM Pacific
Change for Change – Seeing our Giving for its Impact
Mission is what motivates our members to make their best gifts. Learn tools on how to emphasis your ministry and mission in the world in order to inspire your members toward generosity. To register for free, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/189236701067

September 22, 2022 6:30 – 8PM Pacific
Pledge Campaign Pep Talk
Last minute tips, strategies, tools, and motivation for your fall campaign. To register for free, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/189236701067

October 27, 2022 6:30 – 8PM Pacific
St. Francis, the Early Environmentalist
How is protecting and caring for the earth a stewardship topic? Learn theologies of abundance and ecumenical cooperation to reclaim our green earth. To register for free, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/189236701067

November 17, 2022 6:30 – 8PM Pacific (note this is the Third Thursday, due to Thanksgiving)
The Communion of Saints: The original legacy society
Learn tools and ideas to reinvigorate your legacy society and planned giving program. To register for free, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/189236701067

December 15, 2022 6:30 – 8PM Pacific (note this is the Third Thursday, to give us some separation from Christmas)
Incarnate Gratitude
Learn gratitude practices that will guide us into greater generosity. Gratitude is a discipline and a joy. To register for free, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/189236701067

 

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:
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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:
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April 22 
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:
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May 27 
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:
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June 24 
Virtual Stewardship 201

To view the recorded webinar, please visit: https://youtu.be/mVI5peJm1Lg

The slide decks are available for download here:
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July 22 
Creating Compelling Stewardship Materials

To view the recorded webinar, please visit: https://youtu.be/uu8mI0M2J7Y

The slide decks are available for download here:
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August 26 
Breaking the Pledge Plateau

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

The slide decks are available for download here:
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September 23 - 7PM
Reinvigorating Your Legacy Society

To view the recorded webinar, please visit https://youtu.be/t4loLDtxC7I

The slide decks are available for download here:
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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.