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introducing giving in grace

Introducing Giving in Grace

Stewardship resources for the local church

what is giving in grace
What is Giving in Grace?

A biblically based and practical programme which teaches generosity as the heartbeat of Christian stewardship and challenges congregations to “excel in the grace of giving” as:

  • the primary means for securing and sustaining the ministry and mission of the local church
  • a formative aspect of personal discipleship
  • an act of worship and thanksgiving
key principle leadership
Key principle: leadership
  • 1 Chronicles 29:1-9
    • David’s treasury gift
    • David’s personal gift
    • Leader gifts
  • The people rejoiced at the willing response of their leaders, for they had given freely and wholeheartedly to the Lord.” (v9)
key principle leadership1
Key principle: leadership
  • Story tellers
  • Deuteronomy 26:1-11
  • Model a generous response
key principle leadership2
Key principle: leadership
  • Architects of grace
  • Institutionalise stewardship
    • Giving Insight: 26.5% proportional giving (21% CW)
    • Most people don’t think theologically about their giving –
    • Extent to which giving is institutionalised in church practice
key principle theology
Key principle: theology
  • Not fundraising from other people but stewardship by God’s people
  • Not short term budget fix but helping build a culture of generosity in the church
  • Not just resourcing ministry and mission but an aspect of discipleship
why the biblical approach
Why the biblical approach?
  • Budget or needs driven appeals:
    • Lower levels of giving
    • Recreate yesterday
    • Success undermines culture change
    • Decouple money from bible; the offering becomes a whip round
    • Creates a theological vacuum and gags the church, save for meeting needs


practical a blended approach
Practical: a blended approach
  • Tools for understanding & planning church finances
  • Clear cash targets and giving guidance
  • Different motivations:?
    • To make our church secure for the future
    • To resource the ministry and mission of the church
    • As an expression of personal faith and obedience to the teaching of the bible
key principle differentiation
Key principle: differentiation
  • meeting people where they are:
    • personal faith
    • relationship with church
    • awareness of financial matters
    • understanding of bible and faith
    • economic situations
  • encouraging them to take a step along their journey of generosity
  • clarity of communication – don’t ask everyone for everything
  • Differentiate only on what we know:
case studies
Case studies
  • A growing rural village in Cheshire: £192 p/w; 20% increase in planned giving
  • Rural Lancs town: £400 pledged increase per week
  • Small, deprived new town estate in Lancashire: £59 p/w ; 50% giving increase
  • Winchester: addressed a £20,000 per year shortfall in income
  • Small town in Midlands: £500+ weekly increase
giving in grace programme
Giving in Grace: programme










2 Corinthians




response forms


Planning group and PCC

Case statement

the case statement
The case statement
  • Foundational document of the programme
  • Structure for preparation
  • Tests leadership commitment
  • Makes the case for giving
    • mission and vision
    • disciplined interpreting finance
    • framework for planning group
preaching as the keystone
Preaching as the keystone
  • Letters, socials appeal to needs and outline benefits but the sermon talks about God’s action in Jesus
  • Creates a culture in which other stewardship tasks can flourish
  • It cannot stand alone and it cannot bear the full weight of money expectations
  • Three – four week preaching series
  • Choose the preaching track:
    • Matthew
    • 2 Corinthians
    • Luke
    • Exodus: all age and adult resources
  • Optional Harvest resources
  • Differentiated letters to the leaders, planned, plate (and friends?)
  • A single brochure setting out financial facts and ministry goals
  • Response forms to be returned
  • Follow up:
    • Thank you letters
    • Reminder letters
    • Follow up information requests
small groups
Small groups
  • Providing opportunities for people to talk together, ask questions, change the culture in which money is discussed in the church.
  • Small group resources:
    • Exodus
    • Seasons of Giving: Luke’s gospel
    • 2 Corinthians 8 and 9
    • Links to other small group resources
social events
Social events
  • Informal setting for presenting financial needs
  • Ideal for engaging associational members
  • Complements preaching
children and young people
Children and young people
  • Cry Freedom!all age resources from Exodus
  • Seasons of Giving for children (Luke)
  • Ideas:comprehensive youth and children’s material
  • All churches should personally visit to follow up a response that has been made
  • Churches should consider Parish Visiting as a means to delivering and discussing the literature to help and encourage church members to make their response.
  • It may be necessary to use the differentiated database to visit a section of the congregation
the priority of prayer
The priority of prayer
  • Liturgical materials for each sermon theme
  • Plug and play liturgies
    • Eucharist
    • Service of the word
  • Encourage leaders to pray
  • Help people to pray and prayerfully respond
if you build it he will come
If you build it he will come!
  • A flexible, modular programme which leaves space for local creativity
  • A range of practical tools:
    • Analyse and plan finances
    • Preach and teach generosity
    • Ask and thank church members
  • Like flat pack furniture:
    • Raw materials
    • Guidance
    • Needs preparation, perseverance and passion