The ICSC Conference: 5 Insights From Church Stewardship Experts

9/14/20 4:22 PM / by Denis Greene

The International Catholic Stewardship Council annual conference is being held virtually this year. From September 29 - October 9, 2020, experts from around the world will be sharing their best practices. On 9/29/20 at 10am, I will be presenting a workshop titled "The Tithes Of Saints: Cultivating Leadership Donors". Below is included a link to the conference, hope to see you there.
Tithes of the Saints
Last year's conference was full on enlightening insights. Below are five take-aways from last year's conference.  
  1. There is a best practice for an annual budget for your church's stewardship activities: it is 2% of the amount donated annually. In the secular world that number is between 20% and 40% of the funds raised. To spend less would be the equivalent of a farmer cutting back on the amount of seeds needed for planting crops, imprudent would be an understatement.
  2. There is a clear path to failure. The book "Why Catholics Don't Give" is a comprehensive analysis of the reasons that Catholics only give 1.2% of their income compared to 2.2% that is donated by our Protestant peers. The leading cause is that members do not know what is going on in the parish. To quote Michael Greene "I eschew obfuscation."
  3. Parishes that conduct an annual stewardship appeal generate greater levels of giving than those that do not. While this may seem like common sense, 50% of all parishes do not conduct an annual appeal that request pledges. If you are in that group, your first annual appeal will stimulate a dramatic increase in giving. Here is a link to free annual stewardship appeal materials that you can tailor to your parish.
  4. Church capital campaigns increase weekly giving. Data analysis of 100 parishes that have conducted a church capital campaign indicates that the median increase in weekly giving in the 12 months after the commitment Sunday is 10%.
  5. The 80/20 rule is a real factor in parish giving. Leadership donors have a major impact on parish financial well being. Most pastors are not aware of who their major donors are and do not cultivate those donors. When pastors a) know who their leaders are, b) connect with them socially, and c) ask for their advice, then generosity is the inevitable result. 
I encourage you to consider attending this top quality virtual conference, it will improve your stewardship efforts, I guarantee it. 
P.S. On Wednesday, September 23, at 11 am CST you are invited to our webinar titled "Inspiring Giving in Non-Donors".  We will cover:
  • the three actions that have a dramatic impact on non donors
  • the weekly bulletin content that works
  • the monthly video that jump-starts giving.  We test these concepts in our church capital campaigns then implement them in annual stewardship efforts. Click to register for the Inspiring Giving in Non-Donors webinar
See you there.  

Topics: Research & Statistics, Annual Campaign, Capital Campaigns

Denis Greene

Written by Denis Greene

Greene began working in the nonprofit development field in 1981. He founded Church Development in 1992 after a near-death experience motivated him to integrate his faith, education and skills in work that served the church and the virtue of stewardship. He has helped over 200 churches across the USA raise more than $200,000,000. He is the author of The Stewardship System, Stewardship-Based Capital Campaigns, and How To Ask For Donations as well as numerous articles on stewardship.

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