Stewardship is about being grateful, responsible stewards of the gifts we receive from God. The Episcopal Church sees stewardship as more than simply contributing money to the church; it’s also about contributing time and talents, and volunteering for ministry and mission. It’s about reaching out to build relationships from a perspective of abundance instead of scarcity. The Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles is committed to engaging and sharing practices and resources that lead to strong stewardship.
Help is available for clergy, lay leaders starting stewardship campaigns
Members of the Program Group on Stewardship are available to help congregations with their stewardship campaigns, according to Bishop Suffragan Diane M. Jardine Bruce, who is stewardship officer for the diocese.
“Please let us know how we can help you in this year of pandemic and social distancing,” Bruce tells clergy and lay leaders. “Email any one of us to set up a convenient time to meet with you or your stewardship team. We look forward to working with you.”
Upcoming Stewardship Events
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 7 p.m.
Transparency in Budgeting
Presenter: Terry Knowles of the Program Group on Stewardship
Creating and living into an annual operating budget is all at once a joy, a challenge, an opportunity, and sometimes a headache! Doing this important work requires creativity, flexibility, commitment – and transparency. There are parishes of all shapes and sizes in the Diocese of Los Angeles, but the principles around transparency in budgeting apply to us all, regardless of the size of our budgets. Join us to learn one parish’s journey as it had to make hard decisions and reduce its budget by 20% – and participate in a conversation about what we all can learn from this adventure.
Presented via Zoom. Register here in advance.
Stewardship and Abundance: October 2020 Vestry Papers
What does faithful generosity look like during a pandemic? In Stewardship and Abundance During a Pandemic, Mark McKone-Sweet and Demetreus Gregg tell the story of St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in Poway, California, where the realities of this year were no match for the grace and generosity of God’s people.
Anyone in the church can confirm that stewardship is not a solo project. How do we mobilize and inspire stewardship volunteers and encourage collaboration? In Four Ideas for Stewardship Recruitment, Linda Buskirk shares practical ideas that will help transform stewardship ministry at your parish.
Stewardship practices are often deeply rooted and inextricably linked to our culture and traditions. In A Native Sense of Stewardship, Forrest Cuch and Michael Carney give us insight into the generosity of the Utes and their powerful trust in and connection with the Creator.
Money is not the only currency your ministry requires. Are we considering what God’s currencies may be? In Creating Year-round Stewardship with Holy Currencies, Bill Cruse explains key learnings from Eric Law’s Holy Currencies: Six Blessings for Sustainable Missional Ministries and the Kaleidoscope Institute’s Stewardship365 curriculum. This article is available in English and Spanish.
Stewardship Presentation Archive
Servants of the Spirit: Gifts for Ministry workshop
February 13, 2021
Narrative and Zero-based Budgeting
Presenter: The Rt. Rev. Diane Jardine Bruce, Bishop Suffragan of the Diocese of Los Angeles
For congregations who want a quick, cheap (not free — $45.00) stewardship campaign outline including 30 days of social media clips, here’s a good source for churches with no more than 500 members: Salt Project “Together For Joy”
Online giving: Options to explore for use in congregations
Any congregation seeking to add an online giving feature to its website can begin by reviewing and comparing available options such as the following which are among various systems in use around the Diocese of Los Angeles and wider church. The following list is only a sampling and comes with no official endorsement by the diocese. Additions to this list are welcomed and may be forwarded to email@example.com.
Vanco — Fees are said to be reasonable and an app is available for donors to download. Interfaces with CDM database. Can be viewed in place on website of St. James’, Los Angeles.
Square (Cash App)
See also 5 of the Best Church Online Giving Platforms – Featuring Tithe.ly, EasyTithe, Givelify, PayPal, Pushpay.