Planning
for
Generosity

A Culture of Generosity
Talking About Money
Caring for Creation
Growing Steward Leaders

Preparing the Way for Generosity

By being intentional about stewardship, your congregation can inform, motivate and smooth the way so you are ready to receive gifts in the most amicable and accountable manner :

  • A statement of stewardship helps everyone in the congregation to understand your church’s commitment, hopes and purposes when it comes to the regular week-to-week stewardship of everyone’s time, talent and treasure.
  • Developing a Legacy Giving policy and program clearly communicates your congregation’s need, willingness and ability to responsibly and wisely accept and manage substantial legacy gifts.

Both policies are designed to give everyone a voice while gathering agreement before the need to make quick or di cult decisions is suddenly upon the congregation, helping reduce conflict and controversy. You will find useful tools for developing both policies below.

Developing a Statement of Financial Stewardship

Providing your congregation with a Statement of Christian Financial Stewardship makes talking about stewardship much easier. A statement of stewardship:

  • is approved by the Session of your church
  • provides guidance about financial stewardship.
  • is based on sound biblical principles
  • offers practical guidelines for giving
  • answers the frequently asked questions associated with financial stewardship.

Both policies are designed to give everyone a voice while gathering agreement before the need to make quick or di cult decisions is suddenly upon the congregation, helping reduce conflict and controversy. You will find useful tools for developing both policies below.

Contents & Links

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“One Person gives freely, yet gains even more…”

Proverbs 11:24a

The purpose of a statement of stewardship is not to solicit more money or to meet your church’s budget but to help each Chrisan in your church to continue to grow as Christ’s disciples and stewards in response to God’s grace.

Here are two examples that you are welcome to modify to suit the circumstances in your church. Each example is a complete statement and can be adapted or excerpted in whole or part.

Example (Text format)

Statement of Stewardship

“Stewards of God’s Grace”

Westminster – St. Paul’s Presbyterian

Church (Guelph, ON)

Example (Booklet format)

Statement of Stewardship

“With Glad & Generous Hearts”

First Presbyterian Church

(Brandon, MB)

Setting-up Legacy Funds & Edorsements

Launching a Legacy Giving Program

The purpose of a statement of stewardship is not to solicit more money or to meet your church’s budget but to help each Chrisan in your church to continue to grow as Christ’s disciples and stewards in response to God’s grace.

Here are two examples that you are welcome to modify to suit the circumstances in your church. Each example is a complete statement and can be adapted or excerpted in whole or part.

How to Set-up
Legacy Funds
and
Endowments

Download this guide to help your session and stewardship committee ensure that you’re not just ready but also able to confidently invite congregants to leave substantial legacy gifts.

There are good reasons to develop such a policy. You don’t want a member of your congregation to decide not to give a gift in their will because the last time the church received a bequest it caused a big disagreement! Every session in every congregation should develop clear policies for how to handle legacy gifts so future gifts are always a blessing, rather than a source of conflict.

If your congregation does not have such a policy in place, now is a good time to begin thinking about how you will handle planned gifts. It is much better to work through such policies before your congregation receives such a gift. This helps the discussion focus on the congregation’s vision of ministry, rather than personalities. A policy can also provide the foundation for promoting legacy gifts, helping donors to see how their gifts will be received, invested and used. Creating a new legacy giving policy, or updating the one you have, provides the perfect opportunity to let your members know that your congregation is prepared to receive such gis and to use them well.

For More Information

The Stewardship and Planned Giving staff are available to help you turn your philanthropic wishes into reality.

To learn how a bequest, gift of stock, gift annuity or other planned gift can leave a lasting legacy, please contact us

  • by email
  • or call the Stewardship & Planned Giving department, 1-800-619-7301.
  • or mail to: The Presbyterian Church in Canada, 50 Wynford Drive, Toronto, Ontario M3C 1J7.
  • or use the Contact Stewardship form

The information on this page does not constitute legal or professional advice and should not be substituted for appropriate professional advice. The Presbyterian Church in Canada strongly recommends that you seek professional legal and financial advice to ensure your financial situation and those of your dependents are considered; that your tax situation is reviewed; and that your legacy gift is tailored to your circumstances.

Remembering to Say “Thank You”

Thank you card

Research shows that people will give 40% more if thanked and acknowledged. Without timely, meaningful and sincere “thank you”s combined with detailed information on the impact of their donations, charitable organizations can lose as much as 60% of annual giving from donors within a one year period […]

Resources

International
Affairs
Committee
Report on
Climate Change

This Report reviews the theological and scientific perspectives on climate change, the economic and social costs and how we should respond. Today’s choices will determine the impact on future generations.

“Climate in
Peril: How
People of Faith
will Care and
Advocate for
Creation”

Moderator’s Speaking Notes on Climate Change (2011)

This speech covers the history, the proclamation, the covenant relationship, the calling, the lament, the need for repentance, the promise & the hope, and what we can do about climate change.

GA
Commissioners – Carbon
Footprint
Calculation

General Assembly’s Carbon Footprint

This guide helps GA commissioners calculate their approximate carbon emissions travelling to the General Assembly and may be used for other church events.

For more information about Stewardship & Planned Giving, send us an email or call 1-800-619-7301 or 416-441-1111.