Starting or Continuing your Stewardship Committee

A stewardship committee or ministry team is an optional group recognized by The Book of Discipline – 2016. This can be a formal committee or team, or it can be a task force or subcommittee of an existing team. Many churches choose to give stewardship responsibilities to the finance committee, but this may not be ideal.  Finance committees are appropriately focused on the budget and the bills.  A stewardship committee seeks to connect discipleship and generosity in the lives of the congregation.  

Typically, churches see an increase in their overall giving and member involvement when they have an active, imaginative, committed group planning a comprehensive stewardship program and strategically and methodically implementing it throughout the year.

Stewardship ministry is not simply a means to underwrite the budget; it is an essential part of the educational, practical and spiritual life of the congregation.  If your church is thinking about starting a stewardship committee or if your stewardship committee is looking for ideas for their current stewardship plan download the Stewardship Committee Packet.

Stewardship Committee Packet
  • At the national level, the UM General Board of Discipleship also develops stewardship materials for use in the local church.  Follow this link to view:  UM General Board of Discipleship Stewardship Resources
  • Another national denominational office that offers helpful resources for local churches is the General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA).  If you are looking for sample policies, best practices, sample forms, or church legal information they are often the best place to start.  Follow this link to view:  GCFA