Talking Money

Welcome to our Talking Money Section giving you and your parish good stewardship advice

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Covid-19 has changed many things. We are doing worship, pastoral care and meetings in new ways. Some of these changes will be part of our ‘new normal’. As lockdown eases and churches re-open things will look a little different. 

Church finance is also changing. This will mean some lasting change. Your church may be facing a ‘triple whammy’:

  • Loss of trading and rental income from halls, fundraising and fees. We await developments and guidance in these areas.
  • Loss of service offerings, especially for churches heavily dependent on weekly envelopes and open plate offerings. 
  • Pastoral and practical concerns as some are hit hard by economic upheaval. Sensitivity and stewardship go hand in hand.

So we have developed Talking Money to help anyone concerned with increasing giving to their parish

This Talking Money section gives you support and advice on the following areas

  • Parish Giving Scheme
  • Digital Giving
  • Legacies
  • Giving in Grace

Parish Giving Scheme: The best way to encourage giving

The Parish Giving Scheme is the most effective, efficient method for people to give regularly.
It is successfully used by 75% of Liverpool churches with about 2,500 people gifting £1.75million in 2019.
As a way to make a difference, nothing else comes close.

Find out how it can help your church here.

Get help and support

These pages should tell you all you need to set your parish up but if you still require help then:- 

email or call Steve Pierce on 07920 795570 

The how and the heart of giving

There are some things we cannot control and must await developments. But we can take immediate and positive action to restore a considerable portion of our lost offertory income and to build financial sustainability into the future. 

There is advice in these pages on how to give, new ways to give that will bless congregations and the communities we serve, now and into the future. Church leaders, lay and ordained, will know what blend of these options can best serve and their leadership and advocacy is vital. 

Any financial challenge is also a discipleship challenge. It’s not just about how to give, it is about staying close to the heart of giving.

For good reason Giving is one of those six key words in our diocesan Rule of Life. Giving - grateful, glad, generous giving - is the common life we share and mature into as disciples of Jesus Christ. 

Good practice when encouraging giving

Remember, churches are charities and should abide by the Code of Fundraising Practice. You must take into account the needs of a giver who may be in vulnerable circumstances or need extra support to make an informed decision. If you suspect that a giver lacks the capacity to make a decision, they should not be asked for a gift. If you discover this lack of capacity at a later point, the gift must be returned.

Steve Pierce, Director of Learning and Stewardship said,

And, of course, as our Rule of Life reminds us, to Give is part of what it means to follow Jesus. Generosity is God’s heart, He loved us so much that he gave His Son. So generosity is at the heart of our discipleship and shared life and worship.


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