Generosity Resources

Resources, best practices, and information on the church's wider mission.


Generosity Resources for Congregations

Sign up HERE for the Generosity Forward newsletter to learn about new ideas, best practices, and training opportunities around congregational fundraising.

Several learning opportunities are currently available for those interested in building stronger annual pledge campaigns in your congregations.


Best Practices

Research by the Lake Institute makes clear that most congregations only acknowledge a gift once a year.  A donor may wait months or even almost a year to receive a thank you.  We can do better.  Consider making it a practice of your congregation to send at least quarterly thank you letters.


Leadership

Orientation Sessions for New Congregational Leaders were held in January 2020.  You can view the webinars on demand!

WEBINAR:  Treasurers and Financial Secretaries
This webinar reviews basic aspects of the treasurer and financial secretary roles. We discuss creating a “financial dashboard” to help fellow board members understand the finances of the congregation. And we talk about effective ways to record and thank donors for their gifts.  View video

Webinar Handouts:
–  Sample Conflicts of Interest Policy Statement
–  Kandy’s plan for accounting list
–  Webinar slides
–  Example of a financial dashboard as a one page handout to board members
– Example of the spreadsheet to create the dashboard graphics
– National Study on Congregational Economic Practices


WEBINAR:  Stewardship Chair and Team
This webinar introduces the concept of a 12-month stewardship plan. We focus on how to organize and lead an effective year-around practice of storytelling (or testimonials) related to generosity. National research clearly shows teaching about stewardship at least once a month correlates to increases in congregational giving.  View video

Webinar Handouts:
– Handout for the webinar
– Sample Conflicts-of-Interest Policy Statement
– Photos of the “generosity cards” made by children in a church to be placed in the offering plate during worship
– National Study on Congregations’ Economic Practices


What is Our Church’s Wider Mission?

Our Church’s Wider Mission, or OCWM, is the name we use to describe the work we do as the United Church of Christ beyond the local church – through our Conferences, national ministries, and UCC-related institutions. Your congregation’s ongoing commitment to Our Church’s Wider Mission provides essential ministries that resource, strengthen and sustain all of our local churches in the Wisconsin Conference.  The resources below will help your congregation learn more about Our Church’s Wider Mission at the Conference level.

Wisconsin Conference OCWM Education Resources 

The following are DOWNLOADABLE MATERIALS that you can use with your congregation to highlight work being done in the Conference setting which is supported by Our Church’s Wider Mission.

  • A short video about OCWM featuring Franz Rigert, which you can use in your congregation.
  • Wisconsin Conference Resources for Congregations – This handout lists the breadth of resources and services available to congregations from the Wisconsin Conference. 75% of OCWM contributions stay in Wisconsin to support congregations.
  • Letter from Pastors/Lay Leaders to Congregation Members – This letter with information about Our Church’s Wider Mission (OCWM) can be customized for your church and send to congregation members, or published in your church newsletter and on your website.  This link also includes a letter to pastors
  • “There is someone to call – A letter to a congregation showing how that congregation has benefitted and can benefit from contributing to OCWM.  This letter is generously shared by its author, Rev. Bill Utke, pastor of Emanuel UCC Hales Corners
  • Wisconsin Conference Annual Report– This annual report provides stories from around the Conference highlighting OCWM at work, and offers charts showing how conference revenue is allocated.
  • Also, check out the Conference OCWM web page.

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Additional Resources

The following resources highlight work being done in the national setting which is supported by Our Church’s Wider Mission.

  • National UCC OCWM resources can be found at ucc.org/ocwm.
  • National UCC stewardship resources can be found at ucc.org/stewardship.
  • UCC OCWM Video – This brief video (1:40) highlights how OCWM gifts are used nationally and throughout the world.  (Click the speaker icon in the lower right corner of the video to turn on the sound.)
  • OCWM Brochure – This brochure highlights how OCWM supports national and global ministries.
  • Electronic Giving – Consider offering e-giving to your members. E-giving makes it easy to receive offerings consistently, even when church members vacation or spend winters away.

Contact Andrew Warner via email or at 414-758-6233

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