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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