- What’s sustained giving all about?
- Why are we making this change now?
- When does it start?
- Who is working on this?
- How do I get involved?
- Does sustained giving replace annual pledging?
- Is this a permanent change?
- How will we know this is working?
- What do I need to do to support this?
On a sunny Sunday morning at body builders a few people were talking about church stuff and the talk turned to giving. Their conversation centered on this question: what would happen if we changed how we give to be more like how we live -- as people who strive to live as disciples of Christ every day? That started a longer conversation that led to ideas around how we might change the way we think and act on our giving so that giving is an everyday natural part of who we are as people of God. We want to change the conversation about giving from an annual pledge event that runs for a few weeks to a continuous narrative centered on the people and works we do in the world as the living body of Christ here at Willow Glen United Methodist Church.
Like many churches, our congregation’s demographics have changed in some very important ways in the past few years. Change impacts many areas of church life including member giving, and prompts us to consider how we approach giving so we’re aligned with who we are today and prepared to embrace the future.
We started the conversation in July. A small group of people working began working regularly to make sustained giving a success for WGUMC.
It started with Ingrid Quigley, Gwyne O’Dwyer-Grubb, and Tom Grubb. We're looking for more people who want to join the fun.
Connect with Gwyne, Ingrid or Tom at church or email any of us:
It depends how it goes the first few months. We hope to replace the significant time and effort required that we have invested in the past for a multi-week annual pledge drive with a new approach based on our faith stories and how they connect to giving.
We’re going to try this for a few months and gauge how it’s working. We’ll adjust as we learn.
We will watch the impact on our giving and check in with the church leadership and congregation to understand the impact of this change. Here are the specific outcomes we're aiming for:
- Financial giving will increase
- Financial giving will flow more evenly and more predictably
- WGUMC members will be inspired and bound together by the stories we share of our church acting in the name of Christ in our community and the world
Listen to, read and consider the stories, information and activities that come your way related to this important topic. Keep on giving, keep an open mind and an open heart, ask questions, and spread the word at WGUMC. And most important of all: join us!