The Parish Resources page will help parishes to develop their annual stewardship plan; to prepare and implement education programs about stewardship and gift development; and to conduct an annual financial pledge campaign.
Every parish is encouraged to create a Stewardship Team and establish an Annual Stewardship Plan. Recruitment to a stewardship team is essential – Remember Jesus’ example. He recruited the 12 apostles one at a time, face to face. Imagine what would have happened if he ran a request for volunteers in the Temple Newsletter! Nothing! Face to face contact always gives a 10 on the media richness scale. Think about the gifts of people you are asking to help on this team – it would be helpful to have a:
PDF resources on this page are intended to help parishes develop their teams and plans. Here you will find resources to help educate members of your parish about stewardship, discipleship and generosity.
What does it mean to be a Welcoming Parish?
A parish strives to be a welcoming and inclusive community that knows and shares the love of God and serves those in need. We are a face in helping a community live up to this high calling. God’s Church is to be a house of prayer, refuge, joy, hope and giving for all people. In God’s house even the sparrow can find a place to rest; even the widow can find a place to offer her pennies.
In other words, we need to help people feel at home. Remember that everyone is a stranger somewhere. Imagine yourself hosting friends and family at your home and offer the same hospitality. We need to be ready to receive people where they are, not with any preconceived notions of who they should be. We are inviting people into God’s house to share God’s meal. God is the host, we are the guests. The stranger, the lonely, the sick and the poor are the guests of honour.
Here are a few pointers to remember when welcoming and ushering people into the church:
Coffee Hour Etiquette
Annual Financial Development
Parishes normally carry out a financial commitment campaign annually. Many do it in the fall of the year but not all. These six week efforts are intended to provide information to members of the parish about the operating and ministry plans for the coming year. People are then asked to make a financial commitment for the year, per month or per week so that the parish leadership can, with some certainty, implement the plans made. The Stewardship Resources 2011 document below is a downloadable manual for financial pledge campaigns.
Below are two documents that will help your parish create a Gift Planning program and assess it once it has been in place for a while.
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