Annual Giving Programs

We recommend the following resources that provide helpful insight for implementing a successful annual stewardship campaign at your church. Each program is written by experts with years of experience developing fundraising campaigns for churches and non-profit organizations. Contact information is available with each resource for ordering or obtaining more information.

Defying Gravity: Break Free from the Culture of More

By Tom Berlin

  • A four-week stewardship campaign and small-group study
  • Offers multiple format options, videos, handouts, and other tools
  • Break free from the culture of “more” and help congregations become generous
  • Describes what is required to sustain a vibrant life, what we need versus what we want, and what we can do to avoid being pulled into the orbit of materialism

Enough: Discovering Joy through Simplicity and Generosity

By Adam Hamilton

  • Transforms how the church and individuals view the role of money in connection with their life’s purpose and the positive impact that transformation will have on the world
  • Provides a campaign timeline, sample communication pieces, sermon series notes, and artwork for PowerPoint and signage
  • Features a companion book with the same title that is to be used for church-wide and small-group studies
  • Addresses the impact of the hyper-consumer culture and God’s call to be generous

Earn. Save. Give: Wesley's Simple Rules for Money

By James A. Harnish

  • A twenty-first century translation of Wesley’s money management philosophy
  • Provides everyone in your congregation adults, children, and teenagers – a new way to think about money
  • Details Wesley’s concepts and beliefs about money in plain, useful language

Extravagant Generosity: The Heart of Giving

By Michael Reeves & Jennifer Tyler

  • Built on Bishop Robert Schnase’s groundbreaking book Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations
  • Involves church members in thinking and praying about their financial discipleship on a day-to-day basis
  • Includes an overview timeline, a small group leader’s guide, and a DVD
  • Encourages the congregation to read the devotional book Practicing Extravagant Generosity

Give It All You Got

By Parish Publishing

Giving

Ecumenical Stewardship Center

  • An annual journal filled with stewardship articles, including a basic annual stewardship campaign
  • The journal offers a different theme each year
  • The journal provides an announcement letter, cover letter with estimate of giving card, financial enlistment timeline, and other theme material

Live a God-Pleasing Life

By Parish Publishing

Money Matters: Financial Freedom for All God's Churches

By Michael Slaughter with Kim Miller

  • Begins by focusing on personal budget planning
  • Requires church-wide and small-group studies of the companion book, Money Matters: Financial Freedom for All God’s Children
  • Offers an overall stewardship program that is strategically placed throughout the year instead of a single annual event
  • Provides a complete set of effective components, including a Leader’s Guide, group studies, video clips, worship celebrations, print-ready artwork, and sermons by the author, that are contained on DVD

New Consecration Sunday

By Herb Miller

A self-directed campaign

  • Requires an outside leader/speaker
  • Requires a meal for church leaders and a catered luncheon for the entire congregation
  • Emphasizes the Christian responsibility of the giver to give
  • Requires that estimate of giving cards be received on Consecration Sunday

Treasure

By Jacob Armstrong

  • Reexamines how we look at our finances and possessions through the countercultural teachings of the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 6)
  • A churchwide study and congregational program
  • Encourages participants to compare their deepest beliefs and values with where they are currently giving their treasure (time, energy, and money)
  • Includes compelling small-group videos, sermon ideas, and video lead-ins