When It Isn’t Working: A Stewardship Seminar

By Peggy Hahn

houston 1houston 2Sustainable ministry requires many different resources – one of them is money.  This one-day seminar will tackle essential conversations for leaders as they expand their understanding of how to grow giving in congregations of any size and in any community. This is for you!

Bring your Council and Stewardship Team so that you can set your congregation up for growth.  Did you know it is possible to double the giving to your congregation every 5-7 years? Learn strategies for doing just that, which will lead to thriving ministry as well as significant spiritual growth of your congregation. All this and more during the seminar on May 16.

Do any of these sound familiar?

The congregation is growing, but newer members aren’t participating in funding the ministry like older members.

Congregations that are growing are often growing their revenues, but not at the level needed to keep up with the growth. How do we get new, younger families to be generous> Many children are given a couple of quarters to put in the offering plate. Since their parents never teach them that giving is anything more than that, they grow up thinking that “pocket change” is all they need to give.

How do we change that?

Forty percent of the giving families of the congregation provide 3% of the total dollars.

The situation is for a larger congregation with a $1 million operating budget. When we studied the giving patterns, 40% of the giving families were only providing $31,000 per year in total gifts to the ministry. This is unfortunately the case in many congregations. If we believe Jesus in Matthew 6:21 that “Where your treasure is, your heart will be also,” then many congregations barely have the hearts of 40% of the membership.

In light of this, what can we do?

During the seminar we will look at several scenarios that have been implemented with very good results:

  1. We will treat the 40% differently, not better or worse, just different. The pledge form that these members get will look different. They may get other opportunities to give throughout the year.
  2. The top 10% of givers will learn how to mentor those who haven’t yet learned generosity.
  3. There are more ideas, but you have to come to the workshop on May 16 to learn about them.

The congregation can barely pay salaries and ends up falling short every year.

Many congregations are behind on their budget all year and some barely even, while many fall short by at least a little each year. There are many reasons for this; however, most of the time it isn’t because people cannot afford to give more. Expectations of people’s giving and our messaging affect this more than we know.

These situations and many more will be explored on May 16 as we learn how to message and set the congregation up to thrive and exceed the budget each year.

About the Presenter:

Mike Ward
Mike Ward

Mike Ward is passionate about stewardship and how it can lead to renewal in the church. Mike is an ELCA pastor as well as a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) and is now a partner in the consulting firm GSB. Mike works with congregations and church institutions all across the country, including current clients in Houston and Austin. He is serving on the ELCA Church Council and was previously on the board of the ELCA Youth Ministry Network. In his free time, Mike is a beekeeper.

Register today

Tentative Agenda

Registration: 8:30am
Presentation: 9am – 12pm

  • The current situation for stewardship in our church
  • Biblical and theological grounding
  • The basics
  • Spirituality of stewardship
  • Creating a culture of generosity
  • Stewardship is year-round

Lunch: Noon
Creating your own program: 1pm – 3pm

  • The Stewardship drive-key components
  • Sample program with best practices
  • Create your program so you can implement it when you get home (Mike available to offer insights)

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