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Learning Center: Stewardship

Materials are grouped in these subcategories:

  • Annual Pledge Campaign
  • Planned Giving
  • Year-Round Stewardship

Annual Pledge Campaign

May 8, 2023

Improve the chances that your Stewardship letter (and email) actually gets read by following these easy rules.

May 8, 2023

Additional information about the Online Giving Assessment prepared by the Stewardship Office of the Diocese of Newark.

August 24, 2023

Personalization helps ensure your letter gets read and acted on - and it only takes a few minutes!

September 6, 2022

This brief video recaps Session One of Project Resource, held on September 6, 2022.

June 29, 2023

Learn best practices and strategies to strengthen mission and help make members aware of your ministry. Help members to make their best gifts! (Time: 1:30:25.)

September 5, 2023

Learn best practices to deepen your stewardship theology and help your members connect their money with their meaning. (Time: 1:24:32.)

July 13, 2023

Does your parish brochure have pictures of kids who have since graduated college? It’s time to update your printed and online stewardship materials. Learn design basics and new ideas to help your members make their best gifts. (Time: 1:31:29.)

June 22, 2023

Learn best practices to identify, train, and form stewardship committee members who can be ambassadors for mission and ministry in your congregation. (Time: 1:23:51.)

August 25, 2021

In this short video Cynthia McChesney, Missioner for Stewardship in the Diocese of Newark, outlines a framework to bring structure to your Annual Stewardship Campaign planning, by helping you first identify 10 key dates over the next several months.

Planned Giving

May 8, 2023

This brief video features a discussion with Jim Murphy of the Episcopal Church Foundation and Cynthia McChesney of the Diocese of Newark and focuses on the need for vestry-level endowment and gift acceptance policies.

May 8, 2023

A conversation between Jim Murphy, Episcopal Church Foundation and Cynthia McChesney, Diocese of Newark on ways that Episcopal churches in the diocese can get started in setting up an effective Planned Giving program.

April 24, 2024

Easy steps a congregation can take to set up its own planned giving program.

Year-Round Stewardship

June 22, 2022

Thinking about your church's upcoming annual pledge campaign? Want to be as prepared as possible come the fall?

June 8, 2023

In this concise video, we delve into several essential pledging benchmarks that every vestry member should know. (Time: 9:21.)

March 16, 2023

Ways to maximize your church's online giving.

December 27, 2021

Topics: Why Year-end Giving? Church Wish Lists; Year-end Campaigns; Online Giving Tips; Donor Advised Funds; Qualified Charitable Distribution from IRA; Group Discussion.

August 4, 2022

Recording of a Zoom Workshop held August 4, 2022.