We believe that building a positive culture of stewardship in a congregation must be an on-going part of its life. Stewardship most often is defined as financial support of the congregation. We understand that it is that and more. It's about how a congregation and its members care for all that they have been given. Wayne Clark, author of Beyond Fundraising, defines stewardship as "the growing, nurturing, promoting, and building of the gifts, call, and spiritual vocation of the congregants of a faith community." The focus needs to be on creating a culture of ever increasing generosity. The shift must be away from simply conducting a successful annual budget to inculcating a sense of commitment to generosity of spirit.
Our responsibility is to do this broader work with your congregation: looking at generosity, increasing hospitality, welcoming, and clarifying mission and vision. We can help you understand where you are, and where you want to be. When you are ready to look more specifically at financial stewardship, we work in partnership with the UUA's Congregational Stewardship Network. They can help you develop best practices to complete successful projects.
The UUA’s Congregational Stewardship Consultants offer regular blog postings on stewardship topics: http://www.stewardshipforus.com
Watch a recorded Webinar on Creating A Culture of Generosity, a condensed version of a workshop by Dori Davenport Thexton.
If you’d like to schedule a workshop in your area, please contact Rev. Sharon Dittmar sdittmar [at] uua [dot] org 513-823-3535.
2015 UUA General Assembly Presentations by the Stewardship for Us Team
Passing the Baton: Continuity in Leadership Transitions (PDF)
(Presented jointly with the Southern and Central East Regions)
Year-Round Giving: The Next Big Thing?
(Presented jointly with the Central East Region and Lay Leadership from the First Unitarian Society of Denver).
You are welcome to download the slides.