David Crittenden Director of Stewardship Communication & Funds Development. Stewardship is for Everyone. Eastern Oklahoma Presbytery. Who Am I?. Employment history Call to Financial Discipleship My money story. Who Are You?. Individual Christians Church members Presbyters. Who Are You?.
David CrittendenDirector of StewardshipCommunication & Funds Development
Stewardship is for Everyone
Eastern Oklahoma Presbytery
People have money and they continue to
give. Religion is just no longer their charity of choice!
J. Clif Christopher
Note: N=29,233. SOURCE: SCCBS
Source: Arthur C. Brooks, “Who Really Cares,” Basic Books, 2006, p. 192
Source: NCCS database by the Urban Institute
1925 = 3.5%
1960 = 3.1%
1995 = 2.4%
2001 = 2.7%
2003 = 2.3%
Source: The empty tomb, inc, Champaign, Illinois
Source: Christian Smith & Michael Emerson, “Passing the Plate,” Oxford, 2008.
2009 Congregational Economic Impact Study Confirmed:
Source: 2009 Congregational Economic Impact Study conducted by Alban Institute and Lake Institute on Faith & Giving at the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University
Weekly church attendance matters.
Size of congregation matters.
Age of congregants matters.
Income of congregants matters.
Dependence on endowments matters.
The Old ParadigmThe Emerging Paradigm
Theology of Duty
Institutions are to be Trusted
Institutions are Autonomous
Budgets are Need-Driven
Financial Focus is Insular
Giving is a Contribution
Fundraising is Raising Money
Incomes Sources are Limited
The Gift as an End to Philanthropy
Different from Business
Theology of Grace
Institutional Trust must be Earned
Donors are Collaborative Partners
Giving is Value-Driven
Financial Focus is Global
Giving is Creating Change
Fundraising is Nurturing Generosity
Income Sources are Diverse
The Gift as a Means to Philanthropy
Embraces Business Principles & Practices
The relationship between the Giver:
...and the Congregation
...and the Religious Leader
...and the Denomination
...and the Wider World
Fund raising is not a response to a crisis; it is a form of ministry!
Asking people for money is giving them the opportunity to put their resources at the disposal of the Kingdom.
God’s Kingdom is the place of abundance where every generous act . . . becomes part . . . of God at work in the world.
Listen Thank Tell Ask
By most measures it is difficult to give to the congregation, the presbytery and the General Assembly Mission Council
Most of us don’t know the many Presbyterian ways we can find an outlet for our generosity because no one has asked us about our willingness to share or told us the impact our gifts have
Pay-the-bills congregations frame religious giving in mostly unspiritual terms as necessary to keep the doors open.
Share-the-vision congregations tend to connect and integrate money and spirituality.
The Inclination Model
- Focus is on the individual and his/her passions.
- Potential donor is guided through a process of discernment.
- Goal: to inspire the donor’s imagination.
- Result: establishment of a relationship.
The Scolding Model
- Focus is on the case or need.
- Presentation is intended to awaken a sense of obligation or duty.
- Goal: guilt, via psychological or spiritual inducements, awakens donor
- Result: contribution is secured.
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