NCNC-UCC Stewards of Abundance 2018
Thank you for your interest in taking the next step to be a Stewards of Abundance congregation. First, please tell us a little bit about who you are...
Name of Local Church
First Congregational Church, UCC
Local Church Address
Street Address Line 2
State / Province
Postal / Zip Code
Antigua and Barbuda
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Central African Republic
Cocos (Keeling) Islands
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus
Papua New Guinea
Republic of the Congo
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Pierre and Miquelon
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Sao Tome and Principe
Trinidad and Tobago
Tristan da Cunha
Turks and Caicos Islands
United Arab Emirates
British Virgin Islands
Isle of Man
US Virgin Islands
Wallis and Futuna
Local Church Leadership
Tell us a little bit about the individuals who will be part of your Stewards of Abundance team.
Name of Moderator/President
Name of Pastor
Name of Treasurer
Name of Stewardship Chairperson
Stewardship Chairperson's Email
Are these leaders endorsing this application?
Yes! We are excited to move forward.
Some are, but we still have some questions.
No. Please tell us more.
What is the role of the person submitting this application?
Local Church Financial Status
Next, we need to know just a little bit about the current financial status of your church. You don't need to submit anything today or have precise figures here, but you will need to pull this information together in order to complete the Financial Giving Assessment at the start of the program.
We have conducted an annual campaign ("stewardship appeal") in each of the prior three years (2015-2017)
For the current year, how many donors ("pledging units") committed to the annual campaign?
For the current year, how did you develop the annual budget for the church?
We established the budget and shared it with the congregation in advance of the annual campaign ("faith budget").
We conducted our annual campaign, then from the committed amount we established a budget based on funds expected ("pledge budget").
We used a strategy different from these. Ask us about it.
When was the last time you conducted a special campaign (capital campaign, appeal for debt reduction, etc)?
Within the last 3 years.
Between 3 and 5 years ago.
Between 5 and 10 years ago.
More than 10 years ago, or maybe we've never even done one.
How many pledging units either modified or failed to fulfill their original pledged amount last year? Estimates are OK.
Greater than 16%
I don't know. I'd need to ask.
In the past three years have you failed to meet any of your financial obligations as a church?
I don't know. I'd need to ask.
Will you be able to provide a record of the prior three year's worth of contributions to the church (pledged or free will), the prior three year's end-of-year financial statements, and published annual reports with all elected leaders to the facilitator for a Financial Giving Assessment?
Yes, however it will need to remain anonymous in reporting as our policies restrict access to the raw details to only certain leaders.
Yes, however we will need to seek approval from our Council/Consistory to release the information to the facilitator.
No. Ask us why.
Local Church's Relationship to Money
Next, please share a little bit about the relationship to money in your context.
Many groups have some anxiety when it comes to money. Overall, how would you rate the anxiety level in your congregation about its finances and giving?
Not at All Anxious
Please indicate what you think would be the general (average) response among individuals in your congregation to the following statements.
We wouldn't have financial challenges if people would just give what they're supposed to give.
We need to find ways to share our stories of mission and purpose in the world, and as we do people will be inspired to give.
We do a good job appreciating the contributions of each person in our community, sharing of their time, treasure, and talents.
We explicitly thank each person for their financial contribution to the church and share with them a story of what their money has helped accomplish.
Money is a natural subject around here. We speak about it in our worship services through preaching, and we can talk about our understanding of it in light of our faith commitments.
Money is taboo for us. It's a necessary evil, but we don't want to spend too much time talking about it since we don't want to turn people off.
We have enough money for the mission we are currently doing and are confident in raising the money to do the mission we would like to accomplish.
We need more money for the mission we are currently doing. Thinking beyond the present is hard for us to imagine.
Stewards of Abundance Program Options
Finally, please tell us a little bit about your expectations for Stewards of Abundance.
We are applying as:
An Individual Congregation
Part of the 2018/9 Cohort
If applying as a cohort, if you aren't able to be placed in one, would you still consider being an individual congregation?
No, but we may consider next year's cohort
Do you affirm that participation incurs a $2,000 fee, and that participation will not begin until that fee is received or a payment plan accepted?
Yes, and we will pay in a lump sum
Yes, and we need to talk about payment plan options
Yes, but talk to us about payment so we can discuss our questions
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