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Talking about Money

Stewardship is about responding to the call of God in our lives with all our gifts – time, talent and treasure. Even though it makes us uncomfortable to talk about our finances, what we do with our money is a large part of stewardship.

There are over 2,500 Bible passages that talk about money and material possessions – more than any other subject! When we don’t talk about money, it exerts a powerful influence in our lives – at home, at work, or in the church. It’s simply not biblical or healthy to be anxious, afraid or cynical about money.

If we learn to talk about money, like Jesus does in the Bible, it begins to feel more comfortable. By talking about financial stewardship throughout the year – both what we do with our money and how we can share it –through preaching, reporting, bulletins and children’s messages, we can connect our lives with God’s mission.

Find tools to help your congregation talk about money, use bulletin inserts, explore different ways to say thank you, analyze and celebrate the gifts given to your congregation with a generosity assessment, and learn how to set up legacy funds.

“We give thee but thine own, whate’er the gift may be; all that we have is thine alone, a trust, O Lord, from thee.”

Book of Praise, #661

Learn about Different Ways to give $:

Digital Giving

Implement and promote online giving and giving apps to your congregation.

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Pre-Authorized Remittance

Give intentionally, proportionally and faithfully through regular monthly offerings.

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Bequests and Other Legacy Gifts

Set-up planned giving in your church.

Find out how

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“We are surrounded by God’s benefits. The best use of these benefits is an unceasing expression of gratitude..”

John Calvin

A tithe is one-tenth or ten percent of something. In the Old Testament we find people instructed to give one tenth of the first fruits of their crops to God as an act of worship. In the New Testament, we find Jesus critiquing people for following the letter of the law, rather than the spirit of the law. Some were very careful to give their tithe but neglected to show love and compassion to their neighbour.

Today, Christians are encouraged to follow the spirit of the tithe and consider giving a portion of our income back to God as an act of worship and thanksgiving. This giving is not compulsory – or obligatory – but something we do out of love for God and love for our neighbour. Like a tithe, setting aside a regular proportion of our income keeps our hearts focused on God. You may decide you would like to grow your giving each year – working towards a tithe – or even surpassing it! Check out the ‘How Much Should we Give?’ bulletin for a chart which shows how much a weekly offering would be if determined as a percent of your income.

Using envelopes or the Pre-Authorized Remittance (PAR) program you can give to your church intentionally, proportionally and faithfully. PAR also helps provide your church with a dependable flow of contributions, even when you can’t attend. PAR makes budgeting easier and reduces paper work for churches. Click here to learn more about monthly giving through pre-authorized remittance.

Tools and Information for Congregations

Regularly updated as regulations and practices change, the latest treasurers’ handbook can be found here. The handbook provides useful checklists for first time treasurers and links to other useful resources. It covers frequently asked questions, the church budget, paying church staff, clergy housing, banking, receipts, charitable activities, disbursements, government regulations, financial statements, reports and returns.

A narrative budget takes the church’s mission of worship, nurture, service, and evangelism and then resorts and summarizes the line-item budget into those categories. A narrative (or “missional”) budget tells the story of your church’s mission and ministry, making it come alive. People are not moved by line items—they give in support of your church’s vision and how you plan to accomplish it. People want to know that the money they give is changing lives. To see an example narrative budget, click here.

In J. Clif Christopher’s book, Not Your Parents Offering Plate, the author describes 3 savings “pockets”. The church actively seeks gifts from the earned-income pocket in the form of regular offerings. But the church must also seek gifts from the other pockets. The capital-pocket can include savings, an insurance policy or an inheritance, any of which might be donated to a church’s capital campaign. The estate pocket holds the accumulated assets that a person might donate to the church at the time of death. Learn more about asking for gifts from the other pockets.

Does your minister know who is giving and how much they give? A recent study showed that 50% of ministers avoid such knowledge and that those churches are more likely to experience financial challenges. Churches in which clergy are actively aware of giving data are more likely to be growing financially. Read What Clergy Should Know to learn more.

Resources that Talk about Money (Free)

Presbyterians Sharing: Gifts in Action

Share how Presbyterians Sharing stewards gifts from congregations and individuals as it supports the overall mission and ministry of the Presbyterian Church in Canada.

Giving Guide

This insert is a springboard to discussion about giving. We are called to give regularly, cheerfully, gratefully and proportionally. Includes a weekly percentage giving guide that calculates a proportional weekly gift based on income.

Giving Patterns by Generation Chart

This informative chart highlights some of the events and trends that impact giving patterns in North America by generations as a whole. Includes insights into the formative experiences and the meaning of money for each generation.

Legacy Giving

Each of these five insert-sized brochures outlines one of the methods of legacy giving. Includes charitable bequests, publicly traded securities, life beneficiary gifts, life insurance and charitable annuities. Click here to order these bulletin inserts for your worship services.

Webinar:
Jesus talks about money; we can too.

Talking about money can feel scary. This webinar discusses how to talk about money from a Biblical perspective in a joyful and generous way. Did Jesus really mean we had to give away all we had to follow him? What does the tithe mean today? Starting with the principle that “money follows mission,” this presentation discusses how people are motivated to give and ways to motivate giving with sincere stories of lives changed.

For more information about Stewardship & Planned Giving, send us an email or call 1-800-619-7301 or 416-441-1111. ext. 272.