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Title: Growing Healthy Stewards in Your Diocese

Growing Healthy Stewards in Your Diocese a
year-round stewardship education program for
Mr. Peter Misiaszek, CFRE June 6, 2014 TENS
Conference Atlanta, Georgia
About Our Diocese
  • The Incorporated Synod of the Diocese of Toronto
    founded 1839 A.D.
  • 205 parishes covering 26,000 square kilometers
    stretching from Mississauga to Brighton and north
    to Haliburton.
  • Largest Anglican Diocese in Canada (by of
    parishes and members) and includes the City of
    Toronto (population 2.5 million) and considered
    to be most multicultural city in the world.

About Our Diocese
  • Culturally diverse congregations including
    Chinese, Filipino, French, Hispanic, Japanese,
    Korean, Tamil.
  • Parishioners originate from all parts of the
    world including Africa, the Caribbean, Europe,
    India, Middle East, Pakistan, Sri Lanka.
  • Diocese includes 4 episcopal areas, each with its
    own suffragan (assistant) bishop.
  • First Canadian Anglican Diocese to have a female
    bishop (The Rt. Rev. Victoria Matthews) and first
    and only Asian Bishop in Canada (The Rt. Rev.
    Patrick Yu).

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  • Overall ASA declined from 2000-2013
  • Sunday attendance increased in 29 of parishes in
  • Number of givers has declined since 2000
    accelerated since 2009
  • Offertory giving has crested at just over 32mm
  • Average annual gift per giver has increased every
    year since 2001 stands at 1,215
  • Every parish that engaged in some stewardship
    program increased their giving in 2013

ASA Easter Attendance
Decreased Number of Givers
Offertory Growth
Average Gift
FaithWorks Support
Evolution of Stewardship Education
  • 1988-1990 Faith in Action Ministry Campaign
    raised 18-million
  • Pre 2003 No resources or staff support
  • 2004 A Plan for Stewardship Education and
    Development Through the Year by David Gordon
    (diocese of New York)
  • Year-round
  • Intensive lots of work
  • Results were not always immediate
  • Little variety

Year-round Stewardship the early years
Evolution of Stewardship Education
  • 2005 A Program to Encourage Sacrificial Giving
    in Your Parish
  • Six weeks in length
  • Encourages giving of time, talent and treasure
  • Increases offertory 15 in first year
  • Emphasis on education of congregation
  • Designed to be used annually
  • Works best in Fall
  • The go-to program in the diocese for 8 years
  • Used successfully by over 125 parishes

Evolution of Stewardship Education
  • 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012 diocesan stewardship
  • Intensive period of volunteer identification and
  • Feasibility study for major fundraising campaign
  • 2010-2012 Our Faith Our Hope Reimagine Church
    Ministry Campaign - 41mm

  • Campaign engaged 180 parishes
  • 9,000 donors
  • 4 strategic objectives
  • Strengthening local parishes
  • Building for the church of tomorrow
  • Revitalizing our inheritance
  • Giving to others

Evolution of Stewardship Education
  • Campaign was catalyst to begin thinking about
    doing stewardship education differently
  • Consulted the 30 most successful parishes and
    consolidated their ideas we need a program that
  • easy to follow and user friendly
  • results oriented
  • clear roles and responsibilities for volunteers
  • strong theological focus
  • The result Growing Healthy Stewards

Program Overview
  • Three unique features about Growing Healthy
  • Stewards
  • It is coached
  • Tried tested
  • Measurable and results oriented

It is Coached
  • Each parish is teamed with an experienced lay
  • Trained as both facilitator and stewardship
  • Engages in quarterly meetings with parish teams
    and round-tables conversations with fellow
  • Helps to motivate and push through road blocks
    answer questions and identify resources
  • Ensures that parishes follow the program as
  • Doesnt do the work for them

Tried and Tested
  • Each module has been tested in a parish
  • Components has been developed, used, critiqued
    and refined by clergy and volunteers in the
    diocese (and beyond)
  • gt100 parishes have used some part of the program
    with consistent results
  • GHS consolidates all the parts
  • Is always changing new ideas are constantly

Measureable Results Oriented
  • Use annual parish stats to help identify best
    practices and forecast outcomes
  • At its core is that each parish has capacity to
    become healthy, but they need a yardstick
  • Parishes are evaluated against 14 measureable
    best practices indicate financial,
    congregational, ministry and leadership health
  • Objective to move parishes from C grade to A
    grade over three years

How is the program organized?
  • Orientation with parish leadership
  • Covenant
  • Calendar of monthly objectives
  • Individual parish charts
  • Position descriptions
  • Programs/Manuals
  • Reflections/Sermon Resources
  • Forms, etc.

Leadership Team
  • Chair
  • Vice Chair
  • Secretary
  • Arrangements Coordinator
  • Commitment Coordinator
  • Information Coordinator
  • Cleric
  • Coach

Personal Stewardship Audit why?
  • To evaluate your own level of commitment
  • To better understand stewardship more deeply
  • To inspire leadership
  • To help assess what blocks you individually
    from being a more generous Christian
  • To help us evaluate our giftedness
  • To encourage us to give more of our time, talent
    and treasure

Why a Covenant?
  • Clarify the program
  • Outline the unique features of the program
  • Expectations ours and yours
  • Help you understand that we take the process very

GHS Annual Highlights
  • Meet with Coaches quarterly
  • Legacy Giving Sunday February
  • FaithWorks/Outreach Campaign Lent
  • Time and Talent Focus April
  • Prepare Narrative Budget Summer
  • Intentional Giving Campaign October
  • Emphasize stewardship in all communications
  • Semi-annual assessment of progress
  • Regular preaching on the life of a faithful
    steward (at least seasonally)

14 Best Practices
  • Active stewardship committee
  • Committed clergy
  • Conduct annual intentional giving campaign
  • Get everybody engaged in some form of ministry
  • At least 4 stewardship sermons preached each year
  • Narrative Budget
  • Proportional Giving

14 Best Practices
  • Individual giving at diocesan average - 1,215
  • Offertory equals 2.5 of average family income
  • 40 of givers use PAR
  • 70 of operating revenue comes from offertory
  • 10 of revenue goes to outreach
  • Engaged in new member ministry
  • Legacy giving promoted annually

C Grade Parish - Average
  • clerical enthusiasm but unsure of direction of
  • dated mission statement
  • some outreach
  • strong volunteers though in limited supply
  • inclined toward growth but not clear about what
    that means
  • frequently rotate the same people in leadership
  • static growth in congregation
  • would like to do stewardship but concerned about
    the reaction from the congregation
  • givings are barely sufficient to meet operations
    (and sometimes have to ask one of our top donors
    for a little Christmas gift)

A Grade Parish - Excellent
  • strong clerical leaders who are engaged in the
    life of the parish
  • energetic and enthusiastic volunteers
  • many opportunities for ministry involvement
  • variety in Eucharistic celebrations
  • clear vision statement
  • outreach/in reach is very important, strong
    support for diocesan activities
  • growing congregation with ministries serving
    diverse age groups
  • this is a place people want to be and feel at
  • Giving is exceptional with funds invested and/or
    redirected to new ministry each year

Parish Case Study St. Margaret, New Toronto

St. Margaret, New Toronto, Challenges
  • ASA has declined 40 in 4 years
  • Number of givers fell 30 in 6 years
  • Offertory is substantial, but fewer giving more
  • Average gift is above diocesan average
  • Congregation 33 between 46-65 50 is gt65
  • FWs appears to be lost amid the other outreach
    taking place here
  • Sacred presence of the church is missing in the

Offertory Growth
Average Gift
Declining Number of Givers
Congregational Growth ASA/Easter
  • There is energy and enthusiasm. Parish reached
    its OFOH goal.
  • There is great potential for Legacy Giving.
  • Investment in new member ministry is key if the
    parish is to grow. People need to know you are
  • Need to convert new attendees to givers.
  • Of 70 donors, ? use PAR
  • If parish had the same of donors today as in
    2006, it could collect 168,064
  • Fear of volunteer burn-out

Outcomes Change is happening
  • Growth is happening ASA/Easter growth in 2
    successive years
  • Offertory increased by 14 in 2013
  • Average gift is gt1,800
  • PAR donors represent 34 of total donors
  • Did community walk dist. 2000 flyers
  • Preaching, pledging and member participation is
  • Legacy giving promoted
  • The feel of the place is different

What are people saying about GHS
  • Not a hard sell Gordon Longman, Stewardship
    Coach, St. Timothy, North Toronto
  • Spirit of gratitude is abounding in this
    program Jim Finlay, Stewardship Chair, All
    Saints, Whitby
  • Program consolidates stewardship essentials Joy
    Packham, Stewardship Chair, St. Margaret, Barrie
  • The relay doubled our commitment rate Eleanor
    Stevenson, Stewardship Coach, St. Dunstan, West
  • Giving, attendance and participation are all up
    in one year, whats not to like Terry Grier,
    Stewardship Chair, St. Margaret, New Toronto

Ongoing parish support
  • Semi-annual round-table discussion with Parish
    Chairs and Coaches
  • Semi-annual evaluation of parish progress against
  • Annual review and upgrade of program as
  • New coaches are recruited from participating
  • Touch-base with parishes after intensive coaching
  • Annual coaches seminar to refresh, inspire and
    thank volunteers

And the Results Are
A Vibrant Faith Community
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