Diocesan Giving Strategy
Our main guidance is as follows:
The Responsibility is Ours (TRIO) Resources
TRIO’ is a stewardship programme designed to inform members of a congregation about their church finances and provide encouragement with regard to responsible giving.
Information about TRIO is given in the Introductory Leaflet and the Outline Document.
The following resources can be downloaded
- The 'cost per incumbent' leaflet - this gives the figures needed for Share information in a TRIO brochure.
- A specimen brochure - fill in your own details to create a TRIO brochure for your hand-out pack
- A specimen pledge sheet - download and adapt it to your needs as a response form for the hand-out pack.
For advice on how to make a Will or for information to assist people who wish to leave a gift to the Church in their Wills please download the Parish Legacy Guidance note.
Your Legacy can make a difference. More information can be found in The Diocese of Chelmsford and your Will.
We also have a number of online resources available which you might find helpful when launching a Legacy Campaign.
Giving in Grace
If TRIO is not appropriate for your parish, a Giving in Grace programme is a good alternative.
Liverpool diocese developed these resources and invite parishes which use them to make a donation to the Church Urban Fund by way of thanks.
Parish Giving Officer’s Role
The key task of the Parish Giving Officer is to communicate the budget in words and numbers and to:
- Promote giving and encourage teaching on giving and stewardship.
- Work with the PCC as it decides on an annual Giving Programme.
- Ensure that the church thanks its planned givers at least once a year.
More information can be found on the parish resources website.
A leaflet about Parish Giving Officers in Chelmsford Diocese can be downloaded here.
The Parish Resources website provides specific resources for the various tasks of a parish giving officer.
Sources of funding for church repairs and new church projects
Click here for a list of supportive statutory bodies, church trusts, landfill companies and charitable trusts.
Your local Council for Voluntary Service (CVS) and Agency for Voluntary Service (AVS) may have software to help you find the trusts most likely to give you a grant.
The Charitable Status of Parishes
Many funders ask for a charity number. Click here to download a document that tells you how to fill in a form that asks for one.
Employing a Professional Fundraiser
The document that can be downloaded here suggests a process to follow when considering the employment of a professional fund-raiser.
Other useful links
National Adviser pages
The Parish Resources website (www.parishresources.org.uk) includes:
The Money Revolution website provides spread sheets, a PowerPoint presentation and a range of sermon notes and discussion guides for home study groups in order to help parishes to apply Christian principles to handling money.
The Stewardship website has some useful resources for promoting Christian Giving.