A Ministry To People With Money Helping Them Love It And Love Giving It Away!
Reality of Our World • People want to support mission of church • Church is uneasy talking about money • They give the money to someone else!
Reality of Our World $41 trillion-$136 trillion will change hands $16 trillion-$53 trillion will go to charities --Schervish and Havens, Boston College 1999-2055
Reality of Our World When dealing with money, we are ruled by our fears more than our faith.
Reality of Our World We work as if there is a limited amount of money to support our ministries. This assumes that everyone is giving as much as they can or will.
Reality of Our Faith God has given to us more than enough resources to fulfill the missions we are called to do. God is calling people to support mission with time and money.
Reality of Our Faith Our members are asking: “How can I be a better steward With what God has given me?”
A Ministry For People With Money We help the church talk about finances within context of faith.
Funds Development:The New Frontier • Traditional stewardship is important • New approach to empower individual • Freedom to choose and support • Emphasizes Values • Encourages Involvement • Funds mission that is important to members and church
Funds Development: Not Fund Raising! • Ministry • Donor-oriented • Friendly • No pressure • Money is tool—not idol • Funds valuable mission
Earned Income and Accumulated Wealth • Traditional approaches address income • Tithing seen as ten percent of income • Many people give from assets • Campaigns and Special Gifts • Deferred Gifts
Four Types of Gifts • Annual Gifts— operating budget • Campaign Gifts—capital, offerings • Special Gifts—donor’s values • Deferred Gifts—designated in estate
Called to Minister • Volunteers who feel called • Undergo Training • Select 3-5 People • People agree! • Continuing Support
Steps in Funds Development • Identify People Who Would Benefit • Nurture Relationship • Understand Values • Research Appropriate/Shared Missions • Invite Support • Say Thank You • Continue Nurturing Relationship
This is a Team Effort! • Clarify mission • Identify possible mission projects • Define criteria/procedures for new gifts • Support ministry with energy and gifts • Not equal gifts—equal support
What Are the Risks? • Wrong volunteers can offend people • Money can gain more power • Some people will not understand • Gifts for unplanned mission/ministry • Too many gifts! • Too much energy!
Next Steps • Pray • Approve Ministry • Pay Money • Pray • Identify Potential Team • Volunteer • Encourage • Enjoy • Pray!
Bob Sheldon Synod of the Rocky Mountains 252 Mountainview Ln. Estes Park, CO 80517 970-577-0111 (O) 303-588-3409 (C) firstname.lastname@example.org For More Information We’re all in this together!