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Comprehensive stewardship training for parishes coming this fall

Cynthia McChesney, Missioner for Stewardship and Legacy Giving

The Bishop’s Office is excited to announce that we have contracted with the College for Bishops to provide Project Resource, a multi-week training program that will equip diocesan clergy and lay leaders with the tools they need to develop an effective annual pledge campaign this year (and for years to come), a year-round stewardship calendar, and training to plan, ask for, and receive major gifts.

By participating in Project Resource, parish leaders will complete the course with:

  • A step-by-step plan for their fall annual pledge campaign
  • A year-round stewardship calendar
  • Hands-on training on how to make personal invitations
  • Understanding of generational and individual donor motivations

Each parish is encouraged to register three team members for this series, which will offer live classes, participant interaction and breakout rooms. An ideal church team would consist of at least three members including the clergyperson, stewardship committee chair, and other committed lay leaders.

Project Resource features a national faculty, experienced in the Episcopal tradition and familiar with parishes large and small. The workshop series will offer speakers, online materials and follow up coaching to participants after the event.

The Bishop’s Office is underwriting the cost of this series, enabling each parish in the diocese to participate with up to three participants for free. The cost to participate in a Project Resource workshop is normally a minimum of $450 for a team of up to three, $125 for each additional participant.

Participants will be required to register and commit to attending (the registration site will be announced soon). There will be five trainings, which build on one another. All will be offered via Zoom.

  • Wednesday, September 8; 7 - 9 PM
  • Sunday, September 12; 2:30 - 4:30 PM
  • Sunday, September 19; 2:30 - 4:30 PM
  • Sunday, September 26; 2:30 - 4:30 PM
  • Sunday, October 3; 2:30 - 4:30 PM

Registration will be available through the diocesan website later this month and will be announced in The VOICE Online, through Stewardship Matters, and through other communications. For more information on Project Resource, you can check out their website at More questions? Shoot me an email at and we can discuss how Project Resource can best benefit your church’s stewardship efforts!