Stewardship


Preparing for Stewardship Season

May 13, 2019
It's May which means students are going to be on summer break, graduations and planning summer vacations. This is also a great time to plan for your annual stewardship season. The best stewardship programs begin planning right now and building a framework and outline of how a...

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Special Event Planning

April 29, 2019
Events and churches have long gone hand-in-hand because church families enjoy spending time together and often seek out ways to gather as a group. Effective church event planning helps make these gatherings memorable! So whether it is the annual children’s vacation b...

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Intentional Stewardship

April 16, 2019
“A goal without a plan is just a wish.” -Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, French writer and poet Are you wishing for better results for your congregation’s annual stewardship campaigns? Perhaps it’s time to add intentional planning, starting right...

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Project Resource Parish Conference

March 28, 2019
I recently received information about a conference being hosted by The College for Bishops that will focus on parish stewardship teams. The goal of the conference is to plan and develop year-round stewardship ministries which include annual giving, major gifts, and planned g...

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2019 IRA Chartiable Rollover

March 27, 2019
HAVE YOU TAKEN YOUR REQUIRED MINIMUM DISTRIBUTION (RMD) FOR 2019? If you are 70 ½ or older, you can contribute to the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma directly from your Traditional IRA by merely instructing the plan administrator to make the transfer directly to the Dioce...

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Creating a Culture of Giving

February 27, 2019
The idea of "Creating a Culture" around (insert topic) seems like a favorite thing to do. You may be wondering then why are you writing a blog on it? I recently came across a blog from the Episcopal Church Foundation Vital Practices written by Angela Emerson that walks a vestr...

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2019 TENS Login Information

February 12, 2019
As an added resource to our congregations, we annual subscribe to The Episcopal Network for Stewardship (TENS). TENS provides a collection of resources to educate, inspire and enlighten our congregations. We have recently renewed our subscription, and I wanted to make sure we...

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Stewardship - Guidelines For Healthy Congregations

January 31, 2019
When our Church Growth and Development team began assisting Canon Susan Brown Snook on the Guidelines For Healthy Congregations, I was excited because it gave all of our churches, small, medium and large, a benchmark on where they were and a clear pathway to grow. The stewa...

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Why Good Data Matters

January 23, 2019
You may have recently received a letter from our Diocese for the Bishop’s Annual Appeal, or maybe it was addressed to your daughter, or perhaps the incorrect salutation was used. We value all of our members, guests, and friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma, and we...

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Tree of Life Stewardship Campaign

January 07, 2019
Our diocese is very diverse in congregational size from very large to very small. In order to assist all of our congregations, I have been looking for resources that would better fit our smaller congregations when it comes to Stewardship campaigns. This blog by Anne Weatherh...

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Stewardship Review Survey

January 04, 2019
Happy New Year! The start of the new year allows us the opportunity to review the years' past to better plan for the upcoming year. Following that sentiment, we are asking that you please fill out the 2018 Stewardship Review Survey. This survey will give some insight int...

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One-Minute Stewardship

November 29, 2018
There is a new book that has been released by Charles Cloughen Jr. that is making a splash in the stewardship area. As some have put it One Minute Stewardship: Creative Ways to Talk about Money in Church is a must-read for every congregation wishing to increase their financi...

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Your Money Will Not Go

November 21, 2018
A Poem to be Read Aloud Before Filling Out A Pledge Card. Your money will not go To our electric bill It will go to something more holy Than keeping the lights on So I can see the face of the Man who is telling me about his wife’s death Four years, seven months, ...

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Donor Advised Funds

November 06, 2018
A Donor-advised fund (DAF) is one of the most beneficial and fastest growing means of charitable giving today, offering immediate tax advantages, simplified record-keeping, and flexibility in choosing beneficiaries and investment options. They function similar to a Family Foundat...

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Financial Transparency

October 31, 2018
It seems like just yesterday that the financials of our congregations were viewed like “The Great and Powerful Wizard of Oz” hidden behind facades. As of late, the phrase "financial transparency" and the act of being transparent has become the letter of the law. In ...

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What's Your Asking Style?

September 27, 2018
Just last week I was reviewing resources to determine if there was anything extra good that I wanted to make sure you all saw before you dove into your annual stewardship campaigns. Well, it just so happens that I ran across this blog post by the Episcopal Church Foundation title...

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It's Not Too Late

September 25, 2018
Uh oh! School started, football season began, and suddenly you realize that you need to do a stewardship program! This type of realization is all too common with congregations around the country. The realization of waiting until the very last moment to research and implement a...

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Generational Stewardship

September 04, 2018
Generational Differences are very common in every aspect of life. From voting tendencies, political views, career paths, home buying, families and, of course, stewardship. A few years ago, our Rev. Canon Susan Brown Snook did some interesting research on the Generational Differen...

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Tap and Pray

September 04, 2018
As you may recall, I recently shared information in this blog about a new app called Tithe.ly, which allows congregations to receive contributions electronically. Here is some additional confirmation that the church is moving towards a more electronic and digital means of giving....

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The Mission

August 28, 2018
The Episcopal Church Foundation Vital Practices blog writes a helpful and timely article about connecting the offering plate to the mission of the church. Click below to read it! The Mission Click here to sign-up for our monthly newsletter! Tyler L. Davis Director of Stewar...

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Planned Giving Workshop

July 24, 2018
Here are 10 reasons why you should attend the Planned Giving Workshop and start your Planned Giving Program at your local congregation. If you’re not asking your members for planned gifts, someone else is. Eventually that “someone else” will steal...

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Tithe.ly

July 24, 2018
It's impossible to ignore that we are a digital society. Over 221 million people in the US have smartphones and over 20% of Americans use their smartphone at church! Many congregations ask if there are new ways to engage and capture donors. My first recommendation is a new dig...

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TENS - The Episcopal Network for Stewardship

July 24, 2018
There are a number of organizations and websites that offer free resources to congregations to assist in stewardship. One of these organizations is The Episcopal Network for Stewardship (TENS). TENS is an association of church leaders who understand, practice and proclaim God&...

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Types of Giving Pt. 3

June 28, 2018
The final leg of our three-legged stool is planned giving. Planned giving is typically made from one’s estate, given to the church at the end of one’s life. A popular phrase for this type of giving to the church is “funding future ministry”. Donors ofte...

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Types of Giving, Pt. 2

June 22, 2018
Part two of this series is focused on Capital Giving. It is very common for us to hear “But, what will happen to our annual stewardship pledging if we hold a capital campaign?” This is a common fear among congregations because we have failed in discussing and educatin...

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Types of Giving, Pt. 1

June 19, 2018
It is standard practice that each year, typically in the fall, members of the church are invited to prayerful consider their financial pledge to support the mission and ministry of their local parish. Additionally, congregations may also include pledges of time and talent as well...

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Types of Giving, Introduction

May 31, 2018
“What will happen to our annual stewardship giving if we hold a capital campaign? Won’t it go down? We can’t afford to have our annual stewardship pledging decrease!” This is a shared fear from most of our parishes we speak with. The fear only exists b...

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Stewardship Resources

May 30, 2018
  Determining the correct stewardship program for your congregation can be a big undertaking for a group of volunteers. In this blog post, I am going to give two program recommendations that have a proven track record of success, has step-by-step instructions and has been...

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It's The Small Things That Mean The Most

May 29, 2018
When is the last time you received a handwritten thank you note? My guess is that it has been a while, but chances are you remember the last one quite well. Ever since technology has become a staple in daily business, the act of handwritten notes has begun to decline. Call me ...

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+To Know or Not to Know

May 16, 2018
Should the rector, vicar, or priest in charge know how much people pledge? It’s a common disagreement. Some clergy and parishioners fear that the priest would treat people differently based on the amount of their pledge. Some clergy feel they don’t understand money we...

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Planning for the Future

April 30, 2018
What kind of legacy would you like to leave behind?  Most of our Episcopal institutions exist because past generations had the foresight and passion for the Episcopal Church to create planned gifts. A planned gift is a contribution that is arranged in the present and allo...

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What Does A Stewardship Strategic Plan Look Like?

April 12, 2018
In our first edition of the Stewardship & Development Blog, we described the important roles of a strong Stewardship Team. You may recall that I mentioned under the Stewardship Campaign Committee that one of their roles was to meet monthly to check the status of their strateg...

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Build a Strong Stewardship Team

March 19, 2018
Successful campaigns are won in the weeks and months before your campaign kick-off. One terrific way to get a jump start is to assemble your Stewardship Campaign Committee. Due to the importance of church finances, leadership should not be left to those who volunteer for position...

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