Building a Culture of Generosity

Guiding you through your fall stewardship appeal.

 THIS IS A STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM FOR CONGREGATIONS SEEKING TO:

  • Stabilize and grow financial giving
  • Teach Biblical stewardship principles
  • Help members discover generosity
  • Build building a foundation for a generous culture 

PARTICIPATING CONGREGATIONS WILL RECEIVE:

  • An easily implemented program designed to stimulate generosity ¨    
  • Professionally designed, adaptable materials
    Letter templates for the stewardship drive
  • Six virtual, live training events with a GSB Consultant to guide congregations through a sound stewardship appeal
  • Clear tactics for sharing information and inspiration about your congregation’s ministry
  • 1:1 guidance from your GSB Consultant §  At least 7 videos teaching the principles of this program
  • The ability to achieve a strong financial response even in uncertain times
  • 3 copies of Abundance: Creating a Culture of Generosity, by GSB Partner Michael Ward, published by Fortress Press. 

 DATES/TIMES OF LIVE ZOOM SESSIONS:

  • August 18, 9:30 a.m. – Building Blocks for Generosity
  • September 7, 9:30 a.m. – An Effective, Inspiring Stewardship Appeal
  • September 20, 9:30 a.m. – Sharing Stories of Generosity, Achieving a Strong Response (part 1)
  • October 4, 9:30 a.m. – Achieving a Strong Response (part 2)
  • October 25, 9:30 a.m. – Sharing Results and an Effective Follow-Up
  • November 15, 9:30 a.m. – Finishing the Year Strong
  • December 8, 11:00 a.m. – celebrate and debrief 

 EXPECTED RESULTS AND PROGRAM COST  

The program aims for participating congregations to see at least a 5-10% increase above 2021 actual revenue. At the same time, this program will assist in maximizing 2022 year-end giving. You are asked to tithe 10% of the increase to your synod.  

If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Lisa Hoelscher at pastorlisah@gmail.com

 Review from a 2020 participant:   “We can’t thank you enough for the guidance and direction on supporting our 2021 Stewardship Drive. Our results well-exceeded our expectations and is a testament to the fantastic program you offered to us. To date, pledges are 44% higher than last year totaling an increase in estimated giving of close to $61,000! As a way to give back, we are asking the synod to keep the $450 investment, and as well, we have increased our estimated percentage for Mission Support by a full percentage point.”   

This comes from stewardship leader Angie Haston at Advent Lutheran Church, Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This happened not just during the pandemic, but also with an interim pastor. 

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