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Year-round Stewardship Calendar

January/February

Stewardship Team or Chairperson

  • Recruit and orient stewardship team.
  • Appoint individuals or small groups to carry out specific tasks.
  • Review the congregation's annual mission & ministry as stated in the budget & assign support/publicity to an individual/small group.
  • Ensure that annual giving statements for previous year are distributed along with a special thank you for supporting the mission and ministry of the congregation.
  • Prepare articles for the church newsletter dealing with the congregation's stewardship of time, talents and the financial health of the church or general "Stewardship Sparklers."
  • Engage in biblical/theological study.

Annual Financial Stewardship Campaign

  • Recruit and orient chairperson and other leaders.
  • Begin making decisions about the method to use for the campaign.

Mission Interpretation and Promotion

  • Become acquainted with all the annual mission appeals in the church.
  • Develop a mission's plan for the year

Stewardship Education

  • Develop stewardship education goals and plans for implementation.
  • Review new annual stewardship education resources and theme materials. (Visit the ELCIC stewardship website.)
  • Convene meeting of persons with interests in Worship, Christian Education, Evangelism and Mission to introduce new resources and discuss how stewardship can be integrated into their programs.

March/April

Stewardship Team or Chairperson

  • Ensure quarterly giving statements are distributed. A thank you and a goal challenge might be included.
  • Continue newsletter articles of time, talents and financial obligations & general "Stewardship Sparkers". Stewardship reminders at different locations in the church might be considered.
  • Continue biblical/theological study.

Annual Financial Stewardship Campaign

  • Continue to implement plans for the annual financial stewardship campaign.

Mission Interpretation and Promotion

  • Present your missions plan to church council for approval and then present the missions plan to the congregation.
  • Invite mission's representatives to speak or put up displays when their mission is being highlighted within the congregation.

Stewardship Education

  • Review video and print stewardship resources for children and youth.
  • Consider using stewardship as the theme for the intergenerational VBS this summer.
  • Review adult stewardship education resources and plan a short-term study on a stewardship topic.

May/June

Stewardship Team or Chairperson

  • Ensure that the second quarter financial giving statements are provided to individuals along with a thank you, encouragement and a challenge.
  • Introduce an understanding of stewardship to the new members class. (God's Grace: our time, talents & financial resources)
  • Encourage the Pastors, Worship Committee or Church Council to have a "Stewardship Theme" Sunday Worship one Sunday each month. (The material from the Canadian Interchurch Stewardship Committee titled, "Here's Something You Can Do" would be a good resource.)
  • Continue biblical/theological study.

Annual Financial Stewardship Campaign

  • Advise or, if necessary, get approval for the annual financial campaign from the church council.
  • Recruit and orient additional members of the campaign team.
  • Order or develop campaign materials.

Mission Interpretation and Promotion

  • Submit a general Mission's article for the newsletter.

Stewardship Education

  • Plan ways to help persons of all ages identify, affirm, and use their God-given gifts of time, talents, experience and skills.
  • Decide how to involve children and youth in the annual financial stewardship campaign. (in cooperation with the campaign team.)

July/August

Stewardship Team or Chairperson

  • Provide a mid year financial report to the congregation with a thank you, encouragement and a challenge.
  • As it is vacation time, continue biblical/theological study on an individual basis.

Annual Financial Stewardship Campaign

  • Continue to implement plans for the annual financial stewardship campaign.

Missions Interpretation and Promotion

  • Highlight one of the missions for the newsletter

Stewardship Education

  • Sponsor an intergenerational stewardship event.
  • Prepare information to help adult talk to children about money and stewardship to distribute during the annual financial stewardship campaign. (in cooperation with campaign team.)

September/October

Stewardship Team or Chairperson

  • Ensure quarterly giving statements are distributed along with a thank you and encouragement to continue their support of the congregation's mission and ministry.
  • Establish a small group to develop and administer a congregational "Spiritual Gifts" inventory.
  • Submit a newsletter article on the biblical/theological understandings of stewardship.
  • Start planning for a "Planned Giving" workshop in the spring.

Annual Financial Stewardship Campaign

  • Implement the annual financial stewardship campaign.

Mission Interpretation and Promotion

  • Highlight special mission's appeals not on your annual list and have a special mission's appeal Sunday.

Stewardship Education

  • Involve children, youth and adults in study of biblical stewardship. (consider age appropriate or intergenerational events.)

November/December

Stewardship Team or Chairperson

  • Make year-end stewardship team report to church council.
  • If terms are up, remind church council to appoint the next year's chairperson.
  • Report final results of the annual financial stewardship campaign to the congregation.
  • Evaluate the year's program.

Annual Financial Stewardship Campaign

  • Complete campaign follow-up.

Stewardship Education

  • Promote ways of simplifying one's life-style during the holidays.
  • Begin planning a Lenten activity focused on personal stewardship, both one's physical and spiritual life.
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