For many congregations, fall is the season for the annual fund drive, often known as the stewardship campaign. We, at the Center for Congregations, wish your faith community the very best with your stewardship oriented endeavors this year.
An increasing number of congregations maintain year-round stewardship teams. Why? Congregational leaders report that this helps them reframe their congregation’s relationship to giving. Rather than being one place among many that asks for money, the congregation becomes the primary place, beyond the family, where generosity is taught.
I highly recommend these two books for your stewardship team: A Spirituality of Fundraising and The Paradox of Generosity. Pick one. Read it as a team. Start planning for next year now.