Stewardship in Stressful Times

The way we come together as church has greatly changed, seemingly overnight. Not only do we have to connect and worship differently, but we also need to gather offerings when we aren’t able to gather. We are compiling resources of best practices for this COVID-19 pandemic and posting a variety of options. Watch this space for regular additions.

DIOCESAN PAR PROGRAM

Pre-Authorized Remittance is a service available to any parish. These are automatic withdrawals from a bank account or credit card. If you don’t already have this option for your congregation members visit the Diocesan PAR webpage for information. Tammy Cummins, Payroll Administrator (tcummins@nspeidiocese.ca) can offer additional support.  Diocesan PAR Program Information

 

MAKE GIVING EASY: PAR - YouTube video interviews with Tammy Cummins, Diocesan Payroll Administrator. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

For Parish Officers: How a parish or church can set up a simple and safe way to give and receive offerings and other financial gifts through the electronic transfer of funds.   MAKING GIVING EASY: PAR Part 1

For Parishioners and Other Givers: How someone can easily sign up for offerings and one-time financial gifts through the electronic transfer of funds.   MAKE GIVING EASY: PAR Part 2

 

CANADA HELPS

A popular online option that offers fundraising technology for all charities. More than 20,000 charities depend on CanadaHelps’ online fundraising tools. Charities get their donations quickly with weekly bank deposits.   https://www.canadahelps.org/en/

 

FUNDRAISING DURING UNCERTAIN TIMES WEBINAR

Watch a panel discussion and live Q and A with fundraising experts and sector leaders on how you can weather the uncertainty ahead. Posted on March 19, 2020 by CanadaHelps.   https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charity-life/webinars-events/fundraising-during-uncertain-times/  

Investing Gifts for Kingdom Purposes

“It all belongs to God. Whatever I have or am or do, I hold in trust. I will make what I have and am and do count for God’s benefit. It may not be much, but it will be all that I have.”

- Retired Canadian bishop, the Most Reverend Douglas Hambidge, in his book, The S Word.

Articles & Ideas for Stewardship

 

ANGLICAN CHURCH OF CANADA - MAIN STEWARDSHIP SITE

Resources for Mission’s page includes information on general parish giving programs, planned giving and foundational documents for the theology behind generous giving of time, talent and resources.   https://www.anglican.ca/gifts/

 

 

GIVING OUR THANKS AND PRAISE

Stewardship is a core element of Christian practice. It is how we follow Jesus in our daily lives and live his mission as a parish. Giving Our Thanks & Praise is a guide and resource to increase giving, generosity and gratitude in your congregation to support God’s mission. This offers beginner steps and some simple, practical tips. Published by the Anglican Church of Canada.  https://www.anglican.ca/gifts/gtp/

 

 

WRITING A CASE FOR SUPPORT

An effective rationale for giving creates an image for your request and for the church overall. Raising funds is about emotions every bit as much as it is about logic. Present your case for support in the best possible light. An article by Rev. Michael Erwin.   https://churchcampaignservices.wordpress.com/2013/02/14/writing-a-case-for-support/

 

 

7 CREATIVE VIRTUAL FUNDRAISING IDEAS

Ideas you can use to replace your cancelled events. Posted by CanadaHelpshttps://www.canadahelps.org/en/charity-life/fundraising-2/7-creative-virtual-fundraising-ideas-you-can-use-to-replace-your-cancelled-event/

 

FIVE TIPS FOR MANAGING YOUR CHURCH BUDGET DURING THE COVID-19 CRISIS

Consider your communication methods, income sources, expense reduction and deferment. By Ken Sloane, Director of Stewardship & Generosity for Discipleship Ministries of The United Methodist Church, US. (NOTE: our Parish and Diocesan SafeR Church policies still apply.)   5 Tips for Managing Your Church Budget