Annual giving reviews
Annual giving reviews or programmes are a really good platform to explore giving as a faithful commitment to God (discipleship), a response to God’s generosity (thanksgiving), and an opportunity to resource the growth of the church (mission).
It is healthy to review our giving and spending each year, both as individuals and as chaplaincies. Many churches find it helpful to hold a giving review and these can take many forms - from simple 'light touch' reviews to running a more focused 'Chaplaincy Giving Programme' every three years or so.
Juliet Evans can provide guidance and materials so that your review has a clear purpose, communicates your church's needs, encourages members of your congregations to consider their giving - and reflects your local context.
Five Key 'Ps' for a successful giving review
- What is the purpose of our giving review/appeal?
- What do we want to change (in terms of people’s discipleship, engagement with the church’s vision and plans, understanding of the church’s finances)?
- How do we want people to respond?
- Do we want to run a ‘light touch’ appeal – or do we need to run a focused chaplaincy giving programme at this time?
- Timescale: When is the best time to hold our review? Do we have sufficient time to plan?
- Audience: Who are we communicating with? Regular congregation, everyone associated with our church, wider community?
- Preaching/teaching: What are we going to include to provide a Christian context to our giving?
- Communication: What information do we need to communicate? How are we going to communicate?
- Method: How are people going to give? Do we have the right giving mechanisms in place?
This important steps gives an opportunity to seek God’s guidance and commit the giving review to God. It’s good to involve the whole church family in prayer – through a special chaplaincy prayer and special prayer times.
- Are we going to hold a presentation as part of our plans? What materials do we need to prepare? (Powerpoint slides, letter, leaflet, response form etc).
- Do we have a list of people that we need to communicate with?
- Can we present our current financial situation clearly? And be able to show the difference that people’s giving will make?
- Do we have a clear plan of what we are going to do and when during the giving review?
It’s a good idea to hold some sort of Thanksgiving Service as an opportunity to praise and thank God; to communicate any giving review result; and to thank people for their generosity – either through your church’s newsletter/website or through a letter.