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Stewardship Resources
Useful and effective stewardship resources for congregations.

Stewardship Commission

The formation of a Diocesan Stewardship Commission was introduced at Annual Council, 2016, by Bishop Hollerith.  The mission of this commission is:

To help God’s people in the Diocese of Southern Virginia grow in our relationship with Jesus and each other, through the use of the time, talents, and resources God has entrusted to us.

The Goals of the commission are to assist parishes and clergy in:

  1. Conducting their annual commitment campaigns.
  2. Developing a year round stewardship strategy.
  3. Conducting a capital or special needs campaign.
  4. Understanding the need for planned giving, and assist in establishing or continuing such a program to sustain the life of the parish.
  5. Imparting a greater understanding of the workings and value of an endowment.
  6. Developing and implementing environmental stewardship programs.
  7. Understanding the work of the diocese that is funded by annual parish commitment and the need for such annual financial commitment.

Commission Members
Ms. Elise Balcom (Eastern Shore Chapel, Virginia Beach) - Co-chair, Send email
Mr. Al Louer (Bruton Parish, Williamsburg) - Co-chair, Send email
Mr. Rick Keuhne (Emmanuel, Virginia Beach)
Ms. Beverly Ludford (Good Samaritan, Virginia Beach)
Ms. Penny Moulis (Old Donation, Virginia Beach)
Mr. Tom Napier (St. Matthias, Midlothian)
Mr. Pete Plourd (St. Matthias, Midlothian)
Lynn Farlin, Canon for Formation, ex officio, lfarlin@diosova.org or 757-213-3377

Fundraising 101
The Commission's Fundraising 101 program offers a minimal-cost opportunity for clergy and parish leaders to better understand the principals, concepts and best practices that underlie a successful fundraising effort. Fundraising 101 is a basic “how to” and “hands on” experience with practical information and sources you can actually use! Click here to learn more.

Stewardship Resources

Webinar: Faithful Investing
November 6, 2019 from 7:00 to 7:30 pm, there will be a webinar on Socially Responsible Investing (SRI). There are many SRI choices out there for congregations to consider and a panel of experts from several denominations will discuss which options would be best for you. Panelists include: Jim Murphy (Episcopal Church Foundation), Carsten Sierck (Episcopal Church Foundation), Greg Rousos (Presbyterian Foundation) and Kevin McGowan (Catholic Extension). Click here for details and registration.

2019 Shining Our Light: 2019 Annual Pledge Program
The Episcopal Network for Stewardship's (TENS) 2019 Shining Our Light stewardship program is now available. The materials are centered on a theme, taken from the fifth chapter of Matthew which reminds individuals as well as communities of faith that we are called to be light bearers in the world.  The Shining Our Light program includes templates (English and Spanish) for stewardship letters, pledge cards, as well as logos, prayers of the people, and reflections, (through November 17) written by Richard Felton, Executive Director and CEO of The Episcopal Network for Stewardship.  Shining Our Light is free for congregations in Southern Virginia thanks to the diocesan-level TENS membership, through which TENS membership benefits extend to every parish in the Diocese. If you would like to access the TENS resources, please contact Lynn Farlin, lfarlin@diosova.org or 757-213-3377, or Ann Turner, aturner@diosova.org or 757-213-3388, for the password.

The Episcopal Network for Stewardship (TENS)
The Episcopal Network for Stewardship (TENS) membership benefits are available to all parishes through our diocesan membership. Benefits include formation and training resources, webinars, giving campaign materials and new ideas and insights from contributing bloggers. If you would like to use these materials, please email Lynn Farlin at lfarlin@diosova.org to receive the login information for www.tens.org. We encourage everyone to begin making plans for starting a year round stewardship program. To help you get started, go to www.tens.org/resources/free-resources.

Episcopal Church Foundation free webinars
The Episcopal Church Foundation, in their on-going efforts to assist congregations in developing their leadership and financial resources, offer a wide range of web conferences for clergy and lay parish leaders. There is no cost to participate in most of the web conferences and all lay and clergy leaders are welcome to participate. Topics include vestry leadership (in English and in Spanish), engaging congregations with local communities, capital campaigns, clergy transition, annual giving, endowments, and planned giving. Click here for more.

2017 Council Keynote Speaker - The Rev. Canon Timothy Dombek
We were fortunate to have The Rev. Canon Timothy Dombek as speaker at 2017 Annual Council; Timothy is Canon for Stewardship in Diocese of Arizona and rector of The Church of the Advent, Sun City West, Arizona. Timothy also serves on the board of TENS and is in much demand as a stewardship speaker. Below are his slides and other resources from those presentations:

Click here for recordings of Dombek's presentations.

Year-Round Giving
Year-round Stewardship ideas and Year-round Stewardship You Can do, presented by the Rev. Canon Timothy Dombek at our Stewardship Conference

Stewardship with Young People
Talking Stewardship: A Gift to Young People
Generations and Stewardship
Sharing Stewardship with Children

Planned Giving Resources
The Episcopal Church Foundation provides information, literature and best of all the financial knowledge to get your program off the ground. Go to www.ecfvp.org. The best place to start is “Start Planned Giving from Scratch”. Next, check out this wonderful tool box of information, http://www.ecfvp.org/tools/topics/planned-giving. Here you will learn about the types of ways to make planned gifts as well as a key step, which is to form a Legacy Society. Those people who have already included your parish in their will or other plans

Other Stewardship Resources
Episcopal Church USA Stewardship Resources - www.episcopalchurch.org/page/stewardship
The Episcopal Network for Stewardship (see additional resources at link in paragraph above) - www.tens.org
Episcopal Church Foundation - www.episcopalfoundation.org
Generous Giving - www.generousgiving.org
Church Publishing - www.churchpublishing.org/categories?n=190
Transforming Stewardship by C.K. Robertson - a vision of holistic stewardship, including a study guide - www.churchpublishing.org/products/transformingstewardship
Luther Seminary Stewardship Resource Bank - www.luthersem.edu/stewardship/

Essential Reading
Ask, Thank, Tell, Charles R. Lane, Augsburg Fortress
Transforming Stewardship, C.K. Robertson, Church Publishing
Creating Congregations of Generous People, Michael Durall, Alban Institute

Stewardship of Creation Resources

How we protect the earth is an expression of our faith. Care and justice for all creation is a core value of The Episcopal Church. Eco-justice ministries seek to heal, defend, and work toward justice for all God's creation and to respect the kinship and connection of all that God created through education, advocacy, and action. Our fifth Mark of Mission is to strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth. For more information: diosovagreen@gmail.com

Earth Ministry
A national leader in engaging the faith community in environmental stewardship and advocacy. Their Greening Congregations Program was the first in the country to help houses of worship implement sustainable practices. It offers a partnership with Earth Ministry and a flexible strategy for engaging your faith community in creation-care efforts.  Their advocacy program is on the cutting edge of empowering clergy and lay leaders to speak out on public policy issues. www.earthministry.org

The Episcopal Ecological Network
a nationwide network within the Episcopal Church USA that coordinates with the Peace and Justice Ministries Office of the Episcopal Church USA.  They are part of the worldwide Anglican Communion and find their roots in the Celtic Spirituality of this tradition. The EpEN includes all concerned Episcopalians who are helping our Church assume a leadership role in the worldwide environmental movement, just as our Church leads in other peace and justice issues. www.eenonline.org

Season of Creation
Offers worshippers an opportunity to turn their full attention toward God the creator and toward their relationship with the whole creation. As an optional season, it is most commonly celebrated between Creation Day on September 1 and St Francis of Assisi Day on October 4. www.seaasonofcreation.com and www.letallcreationpraise.org

Interfaith Power & Light
mobilizing a religious response to global warming. It's mission is to be faithful stewards of Creation by responding to global warming through the promotion of energy conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy. www.interfaithpowerandlight.org and www.coolcongregations.org

Spiritual Ecology
an exploration of the spiritual dimension of our present ecological crisis. In particular these resources explore the interrelationship between our outer, physical ecological situation, our awareness of the sacred in creation, and our inner relationship to the symbolic world of the soul—and how this effects our own soul and the soul of the world, the anima mundi. www.spiritualecology.org

Printed Resources
The Green Bible. Published by HarperCollins, available here
Greening Congregations Handbook: Stories, Ideas, and Resources for Cultivating Creation Awareness and Care in Your Congregation. Published by Earth Ministry, available here




Last Published: October 9, 2019 11:23 AM