Send a hard copy letter signed by the pastor to each person or family that gives for the first time. Just thank them. Do not offer them other ways to give this early or ask them to give more, just appreciation and a prayer of blessing for them. Make this gracious, welcoming, and affirming.
Send a hard copy letter signed by the pastor to each person or family who continued to give during the COVID-19 season. My guess is some have dropped out, but many did not. They deserve a note of appreciation and a prayer of blessing for their faithfulness. You also want them to continue to give in the future. Make this gracious and affirming.
Send a special hard copy letter signed by the pastor to your bigger givers and to those who give a larger gift for the first time. When people give larger gifts, they are affirming their belief in the church and the ministry you share. You want to affirm this partnership. It paves the way for a stronger future for you, the church, and the giver.
Send a hard copy letter signed by the senior pastor to persons who have not given or stopped giving. Be generous in this letter as people might have given cash and there is no record of it, or people have given before and might not have been thanked for the gift or gifts. Here simply share what the church has done, is doing, and where the church is going in its life and mission. Offer a graceful prayer and promote the next message series and the exciting place the church is moving too and if applicable, the restart, new start idea. People that have dropped out may feel encouraged to step back in.
What are the biblical foundations for giving?
Rev. Mike Ramsdell,
Executive Director, Smith Center for Evangelism, Mission & Church Growth
Also calendar our next webinar, “Building a Spiritual Core”, Wednesday, March 24th, 11:30am – 1:00pm. Registration and more info on the following five webinars are coming soon. Leaders will be Bishop Lowry, myself, District Superintendents and other guest presenters. You can access all of the upcoming webinars at https://www.ctcumc.org/ncnwctcumc.org/ncnw.