A message from Bishop David
Giving, generosity and thankfulness are essential aspects of our Christian discipleship. As children we were taught by our families and church schools that this was a vital part of our Christian faith. This responsibility of teaching lifelong giving has now been passed to our church communities.
We need to equip our clergy and laity with the skills and confidence to do this well within our church buildings, and to share these messages within the communities where they are located. Here we provide a valuable toolkit of resources for our churches to use. We recognise that a ‘one size fits all’ approach will not work, so the broad range of resources includes lots of options and ideas. You can select and choose what will work best for your church, and put the ideas into action to suit your individual context.
Training is vital if we are to equip people with the skills and knowledge to do this well on an ongoing basis. As a good discipleship model, we will also be encouraging successful churches to walk alongside their neighbouring churches, sharing their knowledge and experience in practical ways to help them to be successful.
Giving is changing rapidly. Our churches need to be equipped to offer the donation methods donors choose to use. One of the goals of this strategy is for all churches to be able to receive digital donations in some form. This is a challenge we can all achieve.
Our diocese is implementing ambitious plans to grow. If we are to achieve these successfully it is vital that generosity and thankfulness are at their core.
The Diocese of Manchester Giving Strategy 2021-2026 is available to download here. Further information is also available for each of the four themes within the Giving Strategy:
- Rediscovering our generosity and thankfulness
- Training for church communities
- Maximising tax-efficient giving
- Improving fundraising
What's next for your church?
Churches can apply now for free digital giving devices that have been proven to make it easier for people to give and boost the average donation by a factor of three.