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Several learning opportunities are currently available for those interested in building stronger annual pledge campaigns in your congregations.
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.
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
– 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
– 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
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.
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.
“Camp is a special place for our family. There isn’t another place on earth that makes my family smile more.” -UCCI Camp Participant
The following resources highlight work being done in the national setting which is supported by Our Church’s Wider Mission.