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 2020 fall 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. “Our available days and hours are listed below. Please email any one of us to set up a convenient time to meet with your or your stewardship team. If none of these time work for you, please contact a member of the Program Group on Stewardship of your choice for their availability. We look forward to working with you.”
The Rev. Michele Racusin
Tuesdays after 10 a.m.
Wednesdays after noon
The Rev. Rachel Nyback
Tuesday, October 13, 1 – 3 p.m.
Thursday, October 15, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
The Rev. Susan Scranton
Monday, Oct 12, after 12 p.m.
Monday, October 19, after 5 p.m.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.