There’s No Time Like the Present! Your 2014 Stewardship Calendar
I am a procrastinator. Yep – I am still thinking about my New Year’s resolutions, and I probably will still be thinking about them next month, and the month after that…and then I will just go ahead and forget about them all together. But, do as I say, not as I do – because now, now, now is the time to develop your 2014 Stewardship Calendar.
Like resolutions, it’s one thing to develop a calendar, but it’s another thing to stick to it. What a bummer it will be if in late December you fish the calendar out and discover you missed some great opportunities to let your congregation understand the power of generosity. Ask someone on your Administrative Council to hold you accountable (and dole out some tasks for others to do) for seeing that things actually get done on the calendar you develop.
The attached sample calendar is just that – a sample. But you can make it your own. Just don’t take out the good stuff, like thanking people and telling your congregation’s story in a variety of ways. These are habits that are well worth getting into – and believe me, they will pay off in many ways. Good luck, and when you have finished your own calendar – send me a copy. I like to be inspired too!
Cesie Delve Scheuermann is a consultant in stewardship, development, and grant writing. Over the past decade, while working as a volunteer and part-time consultant, she helped raise nearly $2 million dollars for numerous non-profit organizations. She served as the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference Lay Leader from 2008-2012. Her position with the Conference is funded through a generous grant from the Collins Foundation. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Cesie Delve Scheuermann is consultant in grant writing and stewardship/development working with the Conference. From 2008-12 she was the Conference Lay Leader for the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference.