Improving Stewardship in Your Parish Principles and Practices to Assure Necessary Resources for God’s Work. WHY IT WORKS WHY IT WORKS • Psychologically • Professionally • Pastorally WHAT WE’LL DISCUSS WHAT WE’LL DISCUSS 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Presuppositions Getting ready Asking for a commitment Following Up Answering objections Q&A Summary We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give. Sir Winston Churchill PRESUPPOSITIONS PRESUPOSITONS • Stewardship isn’t begging • Time, Talent, & Treasure • Why people want to give and why they don’t If I had six hours to chop down a tree, I'd spend the first hour sharpening the ax. Abraham Lincoln PREPARATION PREPARATION 1. Stewardship Committee 2. Sermons 3. Announcement Letter 4. Poster 5. Public presentation Our grounds for gratitude are really far greater than our powers of being grateful. G.K. Chesterton ASKING ASKING Motivating People to Give 1. Simple vs. Complex tasks 2. Parish Culture 3. Purpose ASKING Asking for Money 1. Initial Appeal Letter 2. Pledge Card 3. Second Appeal Letter Initial Appeal Letter ASKING Pledge Card ASKING By perseverance the snail reached the ark. Charles H. Spurgeon FOLLOW UP FOLLOW UP 1. Saying thank you 2. Quarterly letter 3. Quarterly statement Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must be first overcome. Samuel Johnson COMMON OBJECTIONS COMMON OBJECTIONS • “People won't give if we ask.” • “If we ask, people will give less!” • “What if something changes and I can’t fulfill my pledge? I don’t want to let the parish down.” It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers. James Thurber YOUR QUESTIONS By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. 1 Jn 3:16 WHAT WE’VE LEARNED WHAT WE’VE LEARNED • Stewardship is an essential part of our life in Christ. • People will generously support the parish. • Your parish can have a well run, effective and professional stewardship program. CONTACT ME • Email: [email protected] • Phone: (608) 520-0856 Improving Stewardship in Your Parish Principles and Practices to Assure Necessary Resources for God’s Work.