As members of The United Methodist Church, we promise to give of our prayers, our presence, our gifts, our service, and our witness to God through the ministries of our congregation. Regular attention to stewardship education reminds each person in the congregation of the meaning of their membership vows and provides opportunities to communicate the ways in which contributions to the church’s ministry are serving God and the needs of others.
ASKING MAKES A DIFFERENCE
Research from Denny Buwalda and Wayne Barrett from the West Michigan United Methodist Foundation Office suggests that contributions to the ministry of the church will double, or even triple, if we take the time to ask. Consider their findings:
STEWARDSHIP EDUCATION PRECEDES BUDGET DEVELOPMENT
We understand stewardship as a spiritual matter. We give of ourselves to the ministries of the church in thanks to all that God has provided in our lives. Any budget of a non-profit organization can be met through effective fund-raising techniques. A church has the additional advantage of developing a budget after knowing what income can be expected from attention to the stewardship of its members.
DEVELOP A MULTI-YEAR PLAN
Effective stewardship education should reflect a variety of methods, because each person responds to different aspects of giving as a spiritual discipline. For best results, make plans to do significant activities during months when giving is at its peak. A multi-year cycle of events helps to keep stewardship fresh, such as:
STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM METHODS
Keep in mind that these stewardship programs have been carefully researched and tested, so following instructions precisely will provide the highest returns for our efforts. Additional programs and techniques for enhancing stewardship in your local church can be found at http://www.gbod.org/lead-your-church/stewardship.
Every Member Visitation
Small Group Meetings
Forty-Day Bible Study