Every Stewardship Ministry Needs a Plan

Do you have stewardship development goals for the next 12 months?  More importantly, do you have a 12-month plan to guide those goals?  For years, especially since 2008, those who have answered No to these questions have not witnessed much growth in their operating budget.  At best, church communities lacking a plan will make a fundraising ask the way they always have and in the month of the year they always have. Why is that?  Simply, stewardship development is not a priority.  (If you have not read my previous piece on prioritization, you can find that on my blog.)  Once you get it—after you have made stewardship ministry a priority of your time, creativity, and leadership, you will engage the planning process earlier in the year and with more people. Prioritization leads to planning.

A critical step in planning is a review and analysis of the most recent steps taken on a path.  With stewardship ministry, this is a matter of looking back at the most recent campaign, sermon on stewardship, email blast, class on the spirituality of estate planning, bulletin announcements, and other tactics to determine the effectiveness of all of it and if changes to any of it are warranted.  To make changes, you will need to decide on your desired outcomes.  If something is not helping you develop your stewardship ministry, drop it.  Leave it behind.  Because there is another way.  A better way.

Planning helps you choose the better way and gives you time to chart the course you need to take to see what is better for you and your community.  Over the next six weeks, I will be facilitating a Think Tank with a group of mid 30-somethings to determine if campaigning, particularly using pledge cards, is a desired outcome for this particular church community in the future.  This community has always been a pledging community, but they would like to dig into this tactic and evaluate its track record for the last several years.  This is planning. To plan is to prepare, to respond to the recent past, and dream of what might be if change happened.

Is anyone in your church community working on a 12-month plan for stewardship development?  Is a plan already in place?  If not, your community is without goals, and without goals you are leaving a great deal of the outcomes to fate.  Make a change.  Go and plan.  Go and invite someone to prayerfully prioritize and plan stewardship development ministry with you.  Set goals and stick to them for an entire year. And don’t believe the nonsense that the effort is not worth it.  It is.  Encouraging others to mature in the management of their resources is a spiritual activity.  Asking people to support the good works of the kingdom is necessary, as the Biblical narrative is full of this encouragement.

Are you still uncertain you can do this?  I would welcome the opportunity to help you and your church community work on your plan and goals.  If interested, connect with me through my contact page and we can discuss the possibilities ahead.

Godspeed,

Sean

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