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Stewardship Resources

Useful and effective stewardship resources for congregations. 

To learn more about TENS and to stay abreast of the latest learning and teaching on stewardship, visit the TENS website and join the mailing list.

Diocesan Stewardship Webinar Series - in collaboration with The Episcopal Network for Stewardship (TENS)

Creating a Culture of Generosity

April 27, 2022

Review tools for ethical decision-making and values-based practices for how we give, save, invest, and spend in alignment with the Gospel

For the webinar slides click here.

Reviewing and Promoting Financial Goals in Ministry Context

May 18, 2022

Learn best practices and tools to help your congregation understand the mission-focused impact of their giving.

For the webinar slides click here.

Creating and Growing Legacy Societies and Planned Giving

August 17, 2022

Explore strategies to create and promote a planned giving program in your congregation. Learn the basic vehicles for planned gifts.

For the webinar slides click here.

Intergenerational Motivations in Stewardship

will be rescheduled for a later date

As Bob Dylan sang, “The Times, they are a-changing!” Our approach to church finances and stewardship will need to adapt to the methods, motivations, and means of Late Gen-X, Millennial and Gen-Z donors as they begin to grow in number and their giving increases. Learn some tips and tools on how to adopt donor-centric fundraising strategies for your church budget and mission.

Virtual Stewardship 201

April 7, 2021

Join Lynn Farlin, Canon for Formation of the Diocese of Southern Virginia and Davey Gerhard, Executive Director of TENS: The Episcopal Network for Stewardship on a webinar discussing virtual offering plates, giving platforms, and Offertory best practices. Learn tips for improving your online donation forms and websites, text to give, and other virtual ways to resource your ministry.

For the webinar slides click here.

To access the articles mentioned in the webinar click here.

For the online giving platforms mentioned click here.

Mid-Year Mission Review

May 5, 2021

Learn best practices on how to update your members throughout the year on the impact of their pledges on the mission, program, and operations of your congregation.

For the webinar slides in English click here.

For the webinar slides in Spanish click here.

Year-Round Stewardship

June 23, 2021

Join Davey Gerhard, Executive Director of TENS: The Episcopal Network for Stewardship for a webinar on formation best practices for generosity and year-round stewardship in your congregation.

For Annual Pledge Campaign resources for Every Perfect Gift 2021 click here. (Password protected – contact the diocese to obtain the password.)

For slides in English click here.

For slides in Spanish click here.

For the Year-Round Deep Dive tool mentioned in the webinar click here.

Breaking Through the Pledge Plateau

August 18, 2021

Davey Gerhard, Executive Director of TENS: The Episcopal Network for Stewardship walks through strategies and tools to help your members connect with mission and break free from uninspired giving patterns. Learn about analyzing pledge history, having one-on-one pastoral conversations about money, and how to recruit leaders who lead.

For more information about how to create a narrative budget click here.

For slides click here.

For info on online donor forms click here.

For a bibliography of stewardship resources click here.

To see the TENS Virtual Stewardship 101 webinar from July 2020, please visit the TENS website, www.tens.org.

Stewardship Resources

The Episcopal Network for Stewardship (TENS)

The Episcopal Network for Stewardship (TENS) membership benefits are available to all parishes through our diocesan membership. Benefits include formation and training resources, webinars, giving campaign materials and new ideas and insights from contributing bloggers. 

If you would like to use these materials, please email Canon Lynn Farlin atlfarlin@diosova.org  to receive the login information for  www.tens.org. We encourage everyone to begin making plans for starting a year-round stewardship program. To help you get started, go to click here.

Episcopal Church Foundation free webinars

The Episcopal Church Foundation, in their on-going efforts to assist congregations in developing their leadership and financial resources, offer a wide range of web conferences for clergy and lay parish leaders. There is no cost to participate in most of the web conferences and all lay and clergy leaders are welcome to participate.

Topics include vestry leadership (in English and in Spanish), engaging congregations with local communities, capital campaigns, clergy transition, annual giving, endowments, and planned

Episcopal Church Foundation Official Website

2017 Council Keynote Speaker - The Rev. Canon Timothy Dombek

We were fortunate to have The Rev. Canon Timothy Dombek as speaker at 2017 Annual Council; Timothy is Canon for Stewardship in Diocese of Arizona and rector of The Church of the Advent, Sun City West, Arizona. Timothy also serves on the board of TENS and is in much demand as a stewardship speaker. Below are his slides and other resources from those presentations:

Year-Round Giving

Presented by the Rev. Canon Timothy Dombek at our Stewardship Conference

Year-round Stewardship ideas

Year-round Stewardship You Can do

Stewardship with Young People

Resources from BuildingFaith.org – a ministry of Lifelong Learning at Virginia Theological Seminary whose mission is to equip and inspire churches and individuals for ministries of Christian education and faith formation for all ages.

Planned Giving Resources

The Episcopal Church Foundation provides information, literature and best of all the financial knowledge to get your program off the ground. Go to ecfvp.org. The best place to start is “Start Planned Giving from Scratch”.

Next, check out this wonderful toolbox of information. Here you will learn about the types of ways to make planned gifts as well as a key step, which is to form a Legacy Society.

Other Stewardship Resources

Episcopal Church Foundation

Generous Giving

Church Publishing

Transforming Stewardship by C.K. Robertson

A vision of holistic stewardship, including a study guide found here.

Essential Reading

Stewardship of Creation Resources

Creation Care

How we protect the earth is an expression of our faith. Care and justice for all creation is a core value of The Episcopal Church. Eco-justice ministries seek to heal, defend, and work toward justice for all God’s creation and to respect the kinship and connection of all that God created through education, advocacy, and action.

Our newly formed DIOSOVA Creation Care Team has recently discovered some excellent 2023 Season of Creation resources. These resources have been curated by an ecumenical group of partners from around the world to help Christians focus on creation care during a shared season of reflection and action that runs from September through October 4th, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. This aligns perfectly with our fifth Mark of Mission, which is to strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth.

For more information contact creationcare@diosova.org.

Earth Ministry

A national leader in engaging the faith community in environmental stewardship and advocacy. Their Greening Congregations Program was the first in the country to help houses of worship implement sustainable practices. It offers a partnership with Earth Ministry and a flexible strategy for engaging your faith community in creation-care efforts.  Their advocacy program is on the cutting edge of empowering clergy and lay leaders to speak out on public policy issues. Visit their page at earthministry.org

Season of Creation

SoC offers worshippers an opportunity to turn their full attention toward God the creator and toward their relationship with the whole creation. As an optional season, it is most commonly celebrated between Creation Day on September 1 and St Francis of Assisi Day on October 4. For more information, visit seasonofcreation.org.

Bishop Haynes has authorized the use of 2023 Season of Creation – A Celebration Guide for Episcopal Parishes. Click here to explore this liturgical resource.

Interfaith Power & Light

Mobilizing a religious response to global warming. Its mission is to be faithful stewards of creation by responding to global warming through the promotion of energy conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy. Visit their page at interfaithpowerandlight.org.

Cool Congregations

Across the country, people of faith are making changes in their homes and places of worship to prevent global warming through the Cool Congregations program. Part of Interfaith Power & Light, their unique stewardship program helps congregations reduce the carbon footprint of their facilities and engages their members in reducing their carbon footprint at home. Click here for more information.

Printed Resources

  • The Green Bible. Published by HarperCollins.
  • Greening Congregations Handbook: Stories, Ideas, and Resources for Cultivating Creation Awareness and Care in Your Congregation. Published by Earth Ministry.

Stewardship in Uncertain Times

Reset your Stewardship Ministry--Crisis Response to COVID-19

Clayton Smith offers a few helpful tips as we move into a season when many parishes are focused on stewardship. Key among the tips: a focus on pastoral care.

COVID-19 Reminds Us of Crucial Church Finance Safeguards

Lovett Weems gives sound advice on healthy financial practices for parishes.

The Lewis Center for Church Leadership

A webpage with many helpful resources related to stewardship and designed to promote the effective and faithful practice of Christian leadership in the church and the world.

Stewardship 2020: Pastoral Approaches and Practical Steps

Stewardship season – just like the school year, the football season, and everything else – will look different this fall, but there are real strengths and blessings to be found for pastors and stewardship leaders.