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Title: Teaching and Addressing Stewardship Christ-the-King Church, Willingboro May 2, 2009 with Canon Lee Powers


1
Teaching and Addressing StewardshipChrist-the-Ki
ng Church, WillingboroMay 2, 2009 with Canon
Lee PowersForming a Stewardship Committeeand
Planning Events
2
Ministry of all gods people
  • Each of us was given grace according to the
    measure of Christs gift. . . . The gifts he gave
    were that some would be apostles, some prophets,
    some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to
    equip the saints for the work of ministry, for
    building up the body of Christ, until all of us
    come to the unity of the faith and of the
    knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the
    measure of the full stature of Christ. . . .

3
Promoting bodily growth
  • We must no longer be children, tossed to and fro
    and blown about by every wind of doctrine, by
    peoples trickery, by their craftiness in
    deceitful scheming. But speaking the truth in
    love, we must grow up in every way into him who
    is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole
    body, joined and knit together by every ligament
    with which it is equipped, as each part is
    working properly, promotes the bodys growth in
    building itself up in love. (Ephesians 47,11-16)

4
Mission of the Church
  • Question What is the mission of the Church?
  • Answer The mission of the Church is to
    restore all people to unity with God and each
    other in Christ.
  • Question Through whom does the Church carry out
    its mission?
  • Answer The Church carries out its
    mission through the ministry of all its members.

5
Ministry of all the baptized
  • Question What is the ministry of the laity?
  • Answer The ministry of lay persons is to
    represent Christ and his Church to bear witness
    to him wherever they may be and, according to
    the gifts given them, to carry on Christs work
    of reconciliation in the world and to take their
    place in the life, worship, and governance of the
    Church.

6
The duty of all Christians
  • Question What is the duty of all Christians?
  • Answer The duty of all Christians is to
    follow Christ to come together week by week for
    corporate worship and to work pray and give for
    the spread of the kingdom of God.

7
Vision of a mission
  • People give to a vision,
  • not a need!
  • From Rick Warrens book Purpose Drive Church
  • Experience tells us that it is fruitless to call
    people to the practice of Christian stewardship
    until we have first called them to surrender
    their lives to God in Christ.
  • (Practicing Year Round
  • Stewardship, page 10)

8
Forming a Stewardship Committee
  • When seeking to form a Stewardship Committee in a
    congregation, it is important to find people who
    have spiritual maturity and who are committed to
    Christ and the building up of the body of Christ,
    the Church.

9
How big should the committee be?
  • - More is better. More energy, more gifts, more
    people learning by teaching.
  • Enough people to share in learning anew,
    designing and doing, and teaching the new people
    for the future.
  • - Three year commitments allows people to work
    at all three stages without burning out.

10
Tasks of the Committee
  • Teaching from Gods word the basic principles of
    stewardship of time, talent and treasure.
  • Communication developing a format of
    communicating the teaching to the whole
    congregation.
  • - Organizing designing a stewardship program
    that is engaging, that challenges people to be
    faithful, and reaches everyone.

11
Task 1 - Teaching
  • Start with the Word of God. Freely use what I
    presented this morning, and add to it from your
    own Bible study.
  • There are many good resources made available from
    the Office of Stewardship of the Episcopal
    Church.
  • Dont be afraid to look at resources from other
    churches and Christian organizations.

12
Task 2 - Communication
  • Developing a format to communicate the
    stewardship message to the whole congregation is
    a challenge that calls for real imagination. An
    Annual Letter from the Rector, while
    informative, rarely motivates people to think
    deeply and review their own commitment level.
  • One means of communication can be the use of a
    Parish Photo and Dreams Album.

13
Parish Photo Album
  • To enhance our Stewardship Campaign in 1991, we
    decided to produce a Parish Family Album of
    Photos and our Dreams.
  • This helped people have a fuller view of life at
    our parish, and to combine our dreams and theirs.

14
Sections and Instructions
15
Community envisioned and lived
16
Our life together
17
Ministry here and there
18
Dreams for our Future
  • Rick Warren stated that, People give to a
    vision, not to a need.
  • Expressing your dreams for the future of the
    parish, and inviting people to share their
    dreams, enables them to form a vision.

19
Dreams of the heart
  • We asked everyone who read through the photo
    albums to share with us their dreams. Some were
    simple, some were personal.
  • Hearing from the people of the parish is very
    important!

20
Parish Finances
  • The ability of the parish to meet its dreams for
    the future depends upon the faithful stewardship
    of all its members.
  • A simple presentation of the current financial
    state of the parish helps people see what can be
    accomplished by greater participation in faithful
    stewardship.

21
Meeting The Challenge
  • Revenue growing but not keeping pace (000s)
  • Rev. Exp. Deficit
  • 1987 69 79 10
  • 87 94 7
  • 101 108 7
  • 107 118 11
  • 114 134 20
  • We presented a plan to eliminate the deficit
  • 1990 support as follows
  • 77 of 200 households
  • Median giving a week
  • 42 single/retired 6
  • 35 double income 12
  • Asked all below those levels to try and reach
    that level, and those above to raise by at least
    5. If everyone did, we would eliminate the
    deficit.

22
Results of 1991 Campaign
  • The report of our parish financial secretary
    showed that we now had a 75 participation and a
    30 increase in support for the ministry of the
    parish! Estimate of giving rose from 68,000 to
    90,000. Enough to close the 20,000 deficit!
  • Before, only 1/3 households returned a pledge.
  • Capital Campaign began!

23
Task 3 - Organizing
  • The overall task of organizing deals with a plan
    for designing a stewardship program that is
    engaging, that challenges people to be faithful,
    and reaches everyone.
  • Many approaches were tried Every Member Canvas,
    Mailings with brochures, Cottage Meetings, Pony
    Express.

24
Planning for the Year
  • With a Stewardship Committee in place, we began
    to plan for future years, with the goal of having
    variety of programs while staying faithful to the
    Word of God.
  • The Pony Express program was adopted for the
    format for the next few years, but we would
    improve and vary communications, and try to
    contact the whole parish several times each year.

25
Year Round Communication
  • Goals of communication were as follows
  • Develop a Phone Tree that would enable this
    communication to serve as a basis for the Pony
    Express trails.
  • Keep all our contact info up to date.
  • Contact all members periodically to ask about
    their prayer needs.
  • Welcome Back Sunday in September.

26
Parish Phone Tree
  • Trail Boss 1 ___________
  • Captain ________ Captain __________
    Captain __________ Captain
    ________
  • Caller _________ Caller ___________
    Caller __________ Caller
    ________
  • Household Household Household Househol
    d
  • Household Household Household Househol
    d
  • Household Household Household Househol
    d
  • Household Household Household Househol
    d
  • Caller _________ Caller ___________
    Caller __________ Caller
    ________ Household Household Household Hous
    ehold
  • Household Household Household Househol
    d
  • Household Household Household Househol
    d
  • Household Household Household Househol
    d
  • Caller _________ Caller ___________
    Caller __________ Caller
    ________
  • Household Household Household Househol
    d
  • Household Household Household Househol
    d
  • Household Household Household Househol
    d

27
Welcome Back Sunday
  • The first Sunday after Labor Day became known as
    Welcome Back Sunday. The Stewardship Committee
    hosted a brunch between services, invited all the
    ministry leaders to set up registration tables,
    let each leader offer a two minute commercial and
    then the Stewardship Committee chairperson told
    everyone about the format for this years
    campaign.

28
Organizing Challenge Variety
  • We developed several formats for each Fall
  • 1993 Sowing the Seeds of the Future
    included a booklet of members testimonies.
  • 1995 Pony Express with video (you can view
    video at) http//newjersey.anglican.org/stewardshi
    p/indexa.html
  • 1997 39 volunteers distributed bread and
    materials to all households.
  • 1998 12 Cottage Meetings in homes.
  • Plate and Pledge grew 50 from 1993 to 1998
  • while also giving over 200,000 for restoration!

29
Sources for Resources
  • Network kit (149.99), Bruce Bugbee, Don
    Cousins resource to discern peoples passion,
    spiritual gifts and personal style for a good
    ministry fit. www.zondervan.com
  • Pony Express from Stewardship Resources Inc.
  • 1-800-234-5844, www.stewardshipresources.com
  • Channing L. Bete scriptographic booklets (get
    catalog)
  • 1-800-628-7733 www.channing-bete.com

30
Episcopal Church resources
  • Resources from the Episcopal Church Stewardship
    Office
  • www.episcopalchurch.org/stewardship.htm (get
    catalog)
  • Finding Hope in Hard Times Seven Spiritual
    Practices A Faithful Stewards Guide (2009 can
    download or order)
  • Planning Year Round Stewardship Carson, Reed
    (1986)
  • A Time for Vision A Stewardship Handbook for
    Vestries Bonner, Schadt 1989
  • What a Modern Christian Thinks About Tithing
    Bp. Stough
  • Tithing A Habit to Mend the Heart Bp. Aldan
    Hathaway
  • Tithing The Heart of the Matter Bp. Francis C.
    Gray
  • From Church Publishing at www.cpg.org
    Transforming Stewardship by the Rev. Canon C.
    K. Robertson
  • The Episcopal Network for Stewardship
    http//tens.org (get catalog)
  • Episcopal Church Foundation www.EpiscopalFoundat
    ion.org
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