“There are two times I hear from the church about my giving: asking for my stewardship pledge and letting me know if I got behind on it!”
We hear this from church members across the country too often. The reality is that today’s donors and tithers to our churches are most often donors to other causes and ministries. The harsh reality is that they’re often making their best and most sacrificial stretch gifts to those causes.
While support of the church is a Biblical calling and obligation for most, many of today’s donors also have expectations shaped by their experience giving to other causes. With the national decline in church membership and participation, churches have to re-evaluate how they’re inspiring donors and how they’re treating them year-round.
Four Philanthropy Essentials for Pastors outlines simple, effective strategies for a healthy stewardship program.