We provide two main programs to churches: “Effective Stewardship: Building on Biblical Principles” and “Time and Talents.” Both of these are year-round in design and provide monthly materials to churches.
We also provide annual stewardship campaigns to encourage commitments for a church’s operating budget in the coming year. Some churches hold these in the Fall; some hold them in the Spring. The theme for the Fall Campaign is used in the Spring of the following year.
During the first quarter of each year, participating churches are notified of the topic for the current year’s annual campaign. Topics used in past campaigns include “Investing For Time and Eternity,” “Faithful Stewards of God’s Infinite Grace,” “Moving Forward by Faith,” “Empowered by God — Responding by Grace,” and “Blessed by God to be a Blessing.” The materials include newsletter articles; letters to the congregation; four lay speaker presentations; follow-up materials; a master schedule; a discussion sheet for Bible classes, Sunday school classes, and youth groups; and layouts for a campaign brochure and card (known in various churches as “Faith Promise Card,” “Estimate of Giving Card,” “Pledge Card,” etc.).
The brochure and card are customized for each church and are ready to photocopy, mimeograph or to take to a commercial printer for reproduction. If the annual campaign materials are used, they are used in lieu of one month of the regular year-round program, e.g., if September is month #6, and the Fall Campaign is in October, month #7 is November. A regular invoice is sent each month; if a Fall Campaign is utilized, that month’s invoice is for the campaign materials. Thus, using a Fall Campaign extends the year-round program one month each year.
For churches using one of the year-round programs, the use of the Fall Campaign is always optional. We only prepare Fall Campaigns for churches which return the Fall Campaign Questionnaire.
We also offer the Fall Campaign on a stand-alone basis apart from the year-round “Effective Stewardship” program. The Fall Campaign theme is announced annually no later than March 1. There is no deadline for completing and returning the Fall Campaign Questionnaire, but the price increases on July 1 and the first of each month thereafter. (The Spring Campaign is announced no later than October 1, with subsequent price increases after December 1.)