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Stewardship resources for Fall 2023

Make it happen!
Cynthia McChesney, Missioner for Stewardship and Legacy Giving

Planning to hold a pledge campaign this fall? Make sure you take advantage of these Stewardship Resources!

1. New Video: Stewardship in the Moment: Basic Pledging Benchmarks

In this new short video (9:21) we review essential pledging benchmarks every vestry member should know, including total pledge amount raised year to year, number of households participating in pledging, and your median (as opposed to average) pledge. The video walks you through a simple step-by-step guide to determine the distribution of pledges within your congregation, and showcases a "Step Up Chart," which can be a valuable communication tool for your upcoming pledge campaign. Click here to watch.

2. New Collection: Stewardship Learning Center

As you may have seen in The VOICE Online, you can now find a host of learning videos in one place on the diocesan website, including over 10 diocesan Stewardship learning videos for you. That's where you'll find the Pledging Benchmarks video noted above, as well as other learning Stewardship webinars on Annual Pledge Campaigns, Online Giving and Planned Giving. Click here to check it out!

3. Upcoming TENS Webinars: Sign Up Today

As previously announced, we are offering a comprehensive series of LIVE Stewardship webinars available to you for FREE through our diocesan partnership with TENS/The Episcopal Network for Stewardship. Each webinar will provide invaluable insights, guidance, and solutions to help address your church’s Stewardship challenges and questions. Each session begins at 7 PM and extends for 90 minutes and includes Q&A time. Make sure to sign up TODAY for the first two webinars that are scheduled for this month (June 22 and 29). Please note that registration is required for each webinar. I encourage you to take a moment now to secure your church’s spot by using the Eventbrite links provided below:

Recruiting and Training a Stewardship Team
Thursday, June 22, 7 PM
Register to join this LIVE Zoom webinar >>

Breaking Through the Pledge Plateau
Thursday, June 29, 7 PM
Register to join this LIVE Zoom webinar >>

Making the Case! Designing for Impact
Thursday, July 13, 7 PM
Register to join this LIVE Zoom webinar >>

Creating a Culture of Generosity
Thursday, August 24, 7 PM
Register to join this LIVE Zoom webinar >>

Promoting Goals in Ministry Context
Thursday, September 7, 7 PM
Register to join this LIVE Zoom webinar >>

4. Your Diocesan Password

Finally, as a member of the Diocese of Newark, remember your church has access to all TENS.ORG Stewardship materials. To download those materials, you will need the password, which is: Jeremiah17:8

Reach out with any questions: And remember that the Stewardship Teaching Team is available to meet with your vestry or stewardship team in person or on Zoom!