The Planned Giving Office of The Presbyterian Church in Canada established a network of congregations who have covenanted to make planned giving an integral part of their stewardship and mission. It is called the ProVisionaries Network.
Those congregations which covenant to become a part of the ProVisionaries Network will commit themselves to the following:
- Assembling a team of dedicated people to begin developing and promoting the ministry of planned giving;
- Developing policies and procedures for receiving, investing and using planned gifts;
- Educating the congregation about the various ways of making a planned gift;
- Promoting planned giving and the stewardship of accumulated resources within the congregation on an ongoing basis;
- Sharing their learnings in the area of planned giving with other congregations in The Presbyterian Church in Canada and with the national Planned Giving Office.
In return, the Planned Giving Office covenants to provide the training, resources and ongoing support you would need to establish and promote a vital planned giving ministry in your congregation. Herb Gale, the Associate Secretary for Planned Giving, and Sheryl Sutton, the Planned Giving Program Coordinator in the Planned Giving Office are here to serve and guide congregations in every step of the process. They will train and equip Planned Giving teams and are dedicated to doing everything they can to help congregations develop vital planned giving ministry that will help grow and enhance their mission in Christ. There is no cost to the congregation for these services. They are the national church’s investment in the local congregation.
As of December 2015, there are 54 congregations on board from Vancouver Island to Nova Scotia. The newest member of the network is St. Paul’s, Hamilton, Ontario. Welcome!
The following congregations are officially part of the network:
Four churches in Nova Scotia:
Bethel Church, Scotsburn
Church of St. David, Halifax
First Church, Pictou
Iona Church, Dartmouth
One church in New Brunswick:
St. Andrew’s Church, Moncton
Thirty-three churches in Ontario:
Clarkson Road Church, Mississauga
Duff’s Church, Puslinch
First Church, Collingwood
First Church, Thunder Bay
Kitchener East Church, Kitchener
Knox Church, Dundas
Knox Church, Dunville
Knox Church, Leamington
Knox Church, Milton
Knox Church, Oakville
Knox Church, Ottawa
Knox Church, Stratford
Knox Church, Waterloo
Knox Presbyterian, Guelph
Mimico Church, Toronto
North Caradoc-St. Andrew’s, Strathroy
St. Andrew’s Hespeler, Cambridge
St. Andrew’s Church, Guelph
St. Andrew’s Church, Markham
St. Andrew’s Church, Owen Sound
St. Andrew’s Church, Stratford
St. Andrew’s Church, Thorold
St. Andrew’s Church, Thunder Bay
St. Andrew’s Islington, Toronto
St. Andrew’s Chalmers Church, Uxbridge
St. Andrew’s, Whitby
St. David’s Church, Campbellville
St. John’s Church, Grimsby
St. Paul’s, Hamilton
St. Paul’s Church, Port Hope
Unionville Church, Unionville
Westmount Church, London
Two churches in Manitoba:
First Church, Brandon
First Church, Portage La Prairie
Two churches in Saskatchewan:
First Church, Regina
St. Paul’s Church, Prince Albert
Seven churches in Alberta:
Dayspring Church, Edmonton
St. Andrew’s, Grace, Knox and Westminster Churches in Calgary
St. John’s Church, Medicine Hat
Varsity Acres, Calgary
Three churches in British Columbia:
Central Church, Vancouver
St. Aidan’s Church, New Westminster
St. Andrew’s Church, Nanaimo
What Some of the Congregations in the Network Are Doing:
First Church, Regina, illustrates what one congregation is doing to develop a more intentional planned giving ministry. First Church has had a long tradition of members of the congregation leaving significant bequests to the congregation through their Wills, but the congregation had never developed a comprehensive policy to integrate planned giving into their overall vision of ministry or stewardship education. Herb Gale spent a week in the congregation in November of 2012 working with their newly appointed Planned Giving Team. Rev. Gale equipped the team in the fundamentals of planned giving and helped them put together a step-by-step action plan to develop an integrated planned giving ministry for the congregation. At Sunday worship, Rev. Gale preached on planned giving and commissioned the Planned Giving Team. While the team continued their work behind the scenes, they kept planned giving before the congregation through a series of articles in their church newsletter. Rev. Gale returned to First Church in November of 2013 to evaluate the team’s progress and look at next steps. The team made their final report to the congregation at their 2014 Annual Meeting, after which time the ongoing planned giving ministry will be carried out by a new team elected by the congregation. The name chosen for their planned giving ministry is “Growing Our Vision: Seeds of Abundant Joy.” And is there any doubt that the seeds planted by the Planned Giving Team at First Church will yield an abundant harvest of hope and joy for generations to come!
Bethel Church in Scotsburn, Nova Scotia, illustrates how Planned Giving can enhance the life and ministry of even small, rural congregations. Read Rev. Lara Scholey’s article for the June 2014 issue of the Presbyterian Record, “Extraordinary Things: A Small Church Makes Big Changes,” to learn how a little creativity and an intentional focus on stewardship and planned giving can make a big difference in a congregation’s ministry and outreach.
It was a full house on Sunday, August 17th, when Trinity Church in Kanata, Ontario, celebrated their first Sunday in their new facility. Trinity Church has been a long time member of the ProVisionaries Network, and the four acres of land on which their facility is built was a planned gift from the Powell family to the growing congregation.
For those interested in learning more about the ProVisionaries Network and how to develop an intentional ministry of planned giving in their congregations, the Planned Giving Office has prepared a step-by-step guide entitled, “Developing a Vital Planned Giving Ministry in Your Congregation”. The booklet contains a checklist to help gauge the vitality of your congregation’s planned giving ministry. Complimentary copies can be ordered from the Planned Giving Office or downloaded from the website.
For more information about how your congregation can become a part of The Presbyterian Church in Canada’s ProVisionaries Network, please send an email to Planned Giving or call 1-800-619-7301.