Stewardship Resources for Online Generosity

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Online Giving to the Episcopal Church in Colorado
Unrestricted gifts to the Episcopal Church in Colorado support diocesan initiatives with the greatest need. Thank you for your generosity and support.

Online Giving Customized for Your Church
As we find new ways to worship and connect in this time of social distancing, the important realities of church life continue: financial support for nonprofits, utilities and maintenance of our buildings, paychecks for staff. It is important to continue accepting pledge payments and gifts and to make giving easy for parishioners! Online giving is the best option during this time; however we understand that not all congregations are set up to receive online gifts. The Office of the Bishop can help by setting up a fund, giving form, and text-to-give option specifically for your congregation. Once this is set up, all you need to do is provide simple instructions to your parishioners. All funds received, less processing costs of 2.7% (which parishioners can choose to offset), will be sent to you monthly. To learn more or to request a customized form, please contact Paul Alexander, tel: 720.677.9011.

CARES Act

Congress passed and the President signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, a $2.2 trillion stimulus package designed to provide stability and relief to businesses and individuals. Learn how church leadership can get the application process started and read FAQs.

Good Practices for Engaging Stewardship during times of Virtual Church
As we move forward to experiencing a time where church moves from our buildings into our homes and into the community, we need to begin to explore alternative methods for experiencing the discipleship of stewardship. First, it is important to remember that good stewardship is about restoring our right relationship with one another and with money. It is about aligning our beliefs about God with how we engage our hands, our minds, our hearts, and our physical gifts such as money, land, and goods. Are are some good practices to consider during this time:

  • Give people new ways to use their gifts.
    • Participate in food outreach at the church.
    • Ask your younger parishioners to support and teach those who are technologically challenged.
    • Create online giving/support circles to support those individuals affected by the economic downturn.
    • Establish learning circles for parishioners who want to learn about a particular social issue or help think through what the “new normal” might be for our worship and outreach.
  • Remember that times of crisis call for practicing abundance, sharing, and building of community. As Christians, we are called to be models of generosity and love.
  • Keep your stewardship messaging about the mission of your church. Communicate to the church that ministry is ongoing, and the financial needs are still there.  Clergy and staff still need to be paid. Utilities and maintenance needs are still very real. Outreach is still going on in many areas including supporting those experiencing homelessness and those affected by job loss and other economic hardships.
  • Consider partnering with local nonprofits to provide services. Clergy discretionary funds might be given to nonprofits to distribute if parish offices are closed.
  • For congregations that have electronic giving set up as an option, continue to promote it and remind your parishioners that they can easily sustain ministry through online gifts.
  • For those who do not have electronic giving, there are many options available. The Development and Stewardship staff at the Office of the Bishop are happy to assist you in getting online with web and text giving: Email: Development@EpiscopalColorado.org or call Paul at 720.677.9011.
  • If you were planning on a fundraising event, shift to an online event. Stream speakers and promote an online giving option. You might even try an online auction with OneCause (available to all parishes through the Office of the Bishop).
  • Encourage members who are able to pay off their pledges early to avoid potential cash-flow issues.
  • Remember to thank people for their generosity and encourage abundance in your community.