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Adapted by Laurel Amabile, Director of the Annual Program Fund, Unitarian Universalist Association, Office of Stewardship and Development. Original source unknown.

Role of the Minister

  • Be an active and intentional steward, modeling good and responsible stewardship behavior.
  • Encourage a discernment process about stewardship in support of the congregation’s mission, vision, and strategic planning.
     
  • Preach sermons with stewardship themes regularly. 
  • Emphasize the importance and value of stewardship as a spiritual practice.
     
  • Incorporate a stewardship message in Sunday services weekly, through invitations to offertory, prayers, promote other opportunities to give.
  • Meet regularly with the stewardship team.
     
  • Engage lay leaders in open and honest conversations about the importance of stewardship, giving, generosity, and money—in their lives and in the life of the congregation.
  • Take an active role in stewardship in the congregation, including indentifying and cultivating major contributors.
     
  • Provide guidance and training for small group ministry facilitators on topics of money, stewardship, and giving.

Role of the Board

  • Be active and intentional stewards, modeling good and responsible stewardship behavior.
     
  • Take the lead in making financial commitments before asking the congregation to do so.
     
  • Discuss stewardship issues in Board meetings and in the congregation.
     
  • Establish stewardship and fund-raising policies and procedures.
     
  • Set annual stewardship goals in alignment with the congregation’s mission, vision, and strategic planning.
     
  • Appoint and guide a stewardship team to serve actively year-round.
     
  • Plan regular opportunities for stewardship education for all ages.
     
  • Provide a variety of ways that congregants can contribute in support of their congregation, its ministry in the wider community, and to its Association.
     
  • Express appreciation for congregational giving.
     
  • Inform the congregation about how their financial gifts are used.
     
  • Ensure that new members receive clear information about the importance of congregational stewardship.

Role of the Stewardship Team

  • Be active and intentional stewards, modeling good and responsible stewardship behavior.
     
  • Take the lead in making financial commitments before asking the congregation to do so.
     
  • Plan and establish a year-round, comprehensive stewardship program.
     
  • Plan and implement the annual budget drive campaign that reflects the congregation’s mission, vision, and priorities.
     
  • Gather financial commitments from congregants.
     
  • Provide regular updates to the congregation about stewardship, needs, and giving levels.
     
  • Express appreciation and affirmation to all givers for their contributions.

Role of the Congregation

  • Support the mission and vision of the congregation through a commitment to Unitarian Universalism principles and values.
     
  • Make an annual pledge of financial commitment to the congregation.
     
  • Contribute financial gifts to the congregation on a regular basis.
     
  • Adjust lifestyle and spending habits to make generous giving possible.
     
  • Take an active interest in congregational stewardship, engaging in the work of stewardship through personal reflection, learning, and action.
     
  • Offer time, energy and commitment in ways other than financial.
     
  • Celebrate generosity and successes!

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