Stewardship news

We have a lot going on in the Stewardship team, so here's an overview of the latest news items to keep you in the loop.

Should Churches Take Up Offerings

I read this article a month or two ago and thought it was an interesting piece that poses a thought provoking question.  Should we take up offerings in our churches? ...Read On

PCC Guide: Our Generosity In Numbers

We loved part 7 of the “Crisis Meeting” series from The Generous Giving Project in Durham and this is a really practical idea for your PCC to do and I think would be great for people in the parish to see it somewhere in your church to see exactly what they are playing a part in and what their generosity goes towards. ...Read On

Crisis Meeting: Part 7

I often think we think generosity has to be a huge, or some how grand, gesture, but actually habits and a lifestyle are made up of lots of little gestures continuously.  Have a read of this post from Generous Giving Project in Durham.  How many of the things on the list you would think of as being generous or just something you do?  Do you have a list like this and use it to thank and celebrate! ...Read On 

Knowing the price of everything and the value of nothing

A discussion around generosity with Liz Kerry, Chair of the Developing Stewardship Group and Vice Chair of the Newcastle Diocesan Board of Finance ... Read On

Crisis Meeting: Part 6

The fictional parish of St Someone's continue on their journey with The Generous Giving Project in the 6th part of the Crisis Meeting series. ... Read On

Ka Ching - Shania Twain

We wanted to do something a little bit different we know that people take things in differently and we would never want to be boring! So, for a few weeks we are going to share with you a link to a song and some (or all) of the lyrics. We would love you to listen to the song and see what it means to you ... Read On

Crisis Meeting: Part 5

If you haven’t read any of the previous 4 parts of this series from The Generous Giving Project let me encourage you to.  This is very insightful and I imagine far more familiar to us that we would know.

Not talking about money is bad, if we only talk about money when there is a problem to be fixed or a hole to be mended, that to is a problem....Read On

Price Tag - Jessie J

We wanted to do something a little bit different we know that people take things in differently and we would never want to be boring! So, for a few weeks we are going to share with you a link to a song and some (or all) of the lyrics. We would love you to listen to the song and see what it means to you ... Read On

Crisis Meeting: Part 4

We kept you waiting a little for this one – The Generous Giving Project posts are a great read – please read them, share them and let them make you think! This is part 4 of Crisis meeting.  Have you had PCC meetings like this?... Read On

Pray With Me - Rick Astley

We wanted to do something a little bit different we know that people take things in differently and we would never want to be boring! So, for a few weeks we are going to share with you a link to a song and some (or all) of the lyrics. We would love you to listen to the song and see what it means to you – not if it’s your taste or your style or even if you know it or whether you think it’s in fashion – listen and read the lyrics and see if there’s anything we can take regarding our life as disciples and our stewardship or generosity... Read On

New Action Plan for Developing our Stewardship

As our Diocesan Developing Stewardship Group (DSG) approaches the end of our second year, we have been carrying out an annual review of our action plan. The DSG was put in place as a response to many things... Read On

Parish Giving Scheme Update (June)

The first six months of our Parish Giving Scheme (PGS) have seen encouraging developments. As of June, we recorded the following statistics:...Read On

Crisis Meeting: Part 3

We are sure by now you are all completely amused and enthralled by The Generous Giving Project series on Crisis Meetings and so here is their third instalment…

Can you relate?  Does any of this sound familiar?...Read On

Consistency

We often talk about our giving and about us being generous and that being our culture or lifestyle… but there’s some verses in Corinthians that talk about a different attribute to our giving and our generosity and I think it’s one of the things that helps to make generosity a culture....Read On

Crisis Meeting: Part 2

We mentioned that our diocesan DSG (Developing Stewardship Group) had a presentation from Rachael at The Generous Giving Project, last week, into the work, and this post will give you a little insight into how The Generous Giving Project work with PCC’s in Durham diocese.  Who knows it may inspire you, you may have a few questions, it might be different enough to make you think “this might just work”!!!...Read On

Crisis Meeting: Part 1

We are really looking forward to sharing this post (and the second part) with you.  Not only because they might raise a chuckle (or a smile in recognition of a reality you may have experienced!), or because they are really helpful and point you in the direction of The Generous Giving Project...Read On

Practical Help: 7 Simple Steps to symbols of Generosity

Our friends at The Generous Giving Project have some very helpful resources they offer to churches.  We wanted to share this post with you and encourage you to take a look and see if it’s something you may find useful in your own church context!... Read On

That Time Again

We come around our offering every week.

You know the bit, you likely play a song or a hymn or maybe somebody talks about what is going on at this part of the service. The plate or container might go round and sometimes it can just be an action – this can be the point we shut off... Read On

The Second Mark of Generosity

This is an amazing interview – great questions by Rachael (www.thegenerousgivingproject.com) and inspiring answers from our very own Bishop Mark. ...Read On

What Makes For A Perfect Church Council Meeting

I could see it in their eyes: they thought their new bishop was off his rocker but they were far too polite to say so. I had said “I think the PCC should be the most encouraging meeting of your month” ... Read On

What Can We Give ... Radio Edit

Radio Edit???  Well this was all a little bit exciting and a little bit fun!

Hopefully you saw our last post “What Can We Give” Well our friends at UCB (who share the power of the gospel through TV and radio) spotted the post and wanted to have a chat about it so Paul Hammond gave us a quick call in his show on Tuesday for a natter. ...Read On

What Can We Give?

1 Samuel 9 v 7-8  In this passage we see Saul making a visit and asking what they can give. It’s clearly a done thing, an expected behaviour that always you take something with you.  Bring a gift.  He kinda knew the deal … we’re going to see the man of God let’s be generous and take something along.  I wonder if that’s what we are like when we are going to church? I am coming into Gods house how can I be generous?  What can I bring today! ...Read On

Hattie's 57 Cents

Proverbs 13 v 22 (ESV) A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children ….. Read On

Another Treasurer Shares Best Practice

Hopefully by now you will have seen our last post which we shared form The Generous Giving Project over in Durham.  It was one of two posts we wanted to share with you all especially in light of APCM’s happening about now! ... Read On

Top Marks For Treasurer: How to deliver a tough talk 

Our friends The Generous Giving Project in Durham have delivered two fantastic posts which we thing will be really useful.  We are sharing them both in quick succession so keep an eye out and make sure you share them with anyone who needs them! ... Read On

Koinonia

Koinonia – what a title! Some may have heard the word before and some may not BUT what has it got to do with our generosity or stewardship? ... Read On

Stewardship Study Day Report

The Great Hall at the beautiful Hexham Abbey set the scene for a gathering of nearly 100 clergy on Wednesday, 15 March. The reason for this gathering? A day of study on the highly topical theme of Stewardship. Led by Bishop Christine and John Preston ... Read on