Parish Stewardship Officers
For a number of years, the Diocese of Southwark has encouraged parishes to appoint someone to a stewardship role to help in the promotion and administration of stewardship in their church.
Ideally this role will be carried out by someone concentrating solely on this task and the role would include:
- promoting Christian stewardship and giving
- communicating financial information in a simple narrative form including how giving fits with the mission and work of the church
- ensuring there is an annual renewal when the congregation are encouraged to review their giving to the church – both financial and other forms of giving
- ensuring the church says "thank you" at least once a year.
Make sure to let us know your parish contact.
Communications & Resources hold an annual meeting for parish stewardship officers to pass on any new ideas and information relating to stewardship and to give the Parish Stewardship Officers an opportunity to meet each other and to share ideas and problems.
An outline job description
The objective of a Parish Stewardship Officer is to:
- help the church family develop and put into practice its approach to all aspects of stewardship, including financial stewardship. Thus allowing the parish to effectively resource its mission and ministry.
The Parish Stewardship Officer reports to:
- the PCC, and works closely with the Clergy, Treasurer and Gift Aid Secretary. Ideally, the stewardship officer would be a member of the PCC and would present a report to the APCM outlining the successes of the year and any plans for the future development of stewardship in the parish.
Main tasks include:
- ensuring that there is regular teaching and preaching on stewardship and giving, providing resources to the Clergy and Readers where appropriate.
- ensuring there is an annual renewal when then congregation are encouraged to review their giving to the church – both financial and other forms of giving.
- promoting Christian giving through circulating information on stewardship including information on the budget and how giving fits with the mission and work of the church.
- ensuring the church says "thank you" to all its donors at least once a year.
- encouraging tax payers to give tax efficiently through the Gift Aid scheme, payroll giving etc.
- helping local residents and casual visitors to give effectively, for example by ensuing Gift Aid envelopes are readily available.
- being a point of contact for the parish with the Diocese.
A parish stewardship officer needs to be:
- enthusiastic about stewardship and able to motivate other to feel the same way.
- sensitive to other people and their circumstances.
- respectful of confidentiality, especially concerning individuals' finances.
- happy talking about money and able to explain the Fairer Shares scheme including how it works and what it is for.
- happy with their own level of giving.
- aware that stewardship is a life long issue and is about how we live as Christian disciples. It is not just about paying the church's bills!