Annual and year-round stewardship resources.
Rev. Melvin Amerson's Author Chat with the Ecumenical Stewardship Center
Rev. Melvin Amerson is TMF's Resource Specialist and an ordained UMC pastor. He the author of Stewardship in African American Churches: A New Paradigm, originally published in 2006, with a newly edited version reissued in 2015. Melvin says, "When the church embraces the responsibility of living as faith managers of God's vast resources [as Psalm 24:1 teaches], the community of faith will prosper." The book, available from Discipleship Resources, includes developing a theology of generosity, defining stewardship leadership roles, celebrating the offering each week, and establishing endowment giving.
Annual and Year-Round Workshops
Foundation stewardship consultants conduct workshops for annual campaigns and year-round stewardship education and emphasis. These workshops review the church’s recent stewardship history, introduce effective approaches and available resources, and guide church leaders as they select and/or custom-design a stewardship program to meet annual budget needs. A plan for year-round stewardship education and emphasis is developed in conjunction with the annual giving campaign. A modest fee may be charged for this service.
Learn more about annual and year-round stewardship education through the following resource:
Ten Effective Planning Components for Annual Stewardship Campaigns
There’s no doubt that annual stewardship campaigns incorporating a vision for ministry and a challenge for spiritual growth through giving are more successful than run-of-the-mill efforts. The Texas Methodist Foundation’s stewardship consultants have encapsulated ten steps to help you turn an ordinary campaign into an extraordinary effort.
Learn more about these ten steps through the following resource:
Creating a Narrative Budget
While line-item budgets are effective planning and resource allocation monitoring tools for finance committees, they say nothing about the impact of ministry on people’s lives. Line item budgets do not show the transforming power of the love of God when shared through mission outreach, worship, and discipleship training. In fact, they often communicate the wrong information about the church’s priorities and ministry.
Learn more about creating a narrative budget through the following resource: