Ready-to-use materials and upcoming events to support your giving initiatives.
Materials you can use
Below please find practical items for engaging your congregation around the topic of stewardship.
Click here for a print-ready brochure to inform church members about end-of-year giving, including IRAs and stock gifts. The Foundation will be glad to customize this brochure with the name and photo of your church!
Click here for insights on end-of-year giving from the late Rob Byrd, our former Board Treasurer and a certified public accountant.
Planned Giving & Stewardship
Click here for a print-ready brochure on planned giving, designed for local churches to use as an educational piece for members of the congregation.
Click here for a print-ready, year-round giving guide to frame generosity through theological and practical lenses.
Click here to watch a sermon by A.J. Thomas, our director of client relations.
Certificate Program in Church Treasury 2022
Local church finance leaders interested in learning best practices in accounting, stewardship, legal matters, apportionments, taxes, and insurance are taking part in the Certificate Program in Church Treasury.
Launched in 2020, this four-part course is offered in partnership with the WNCC Office of Treasury Services. Sessions are held virtually on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with an exam at the conclusion of each session.
Participants who complete all four sessions and related requirements receive framed certificates and recognition at the WNC Annual Conference in June.
Transformational Generosity: Enhancing stewardship in your church Webinar series Thursday evenings in January and February 2022
What we explored
Discover trending best practices and proven strategies for cultivating a culture of year-round generosity. We’ll learn from Rev. Melvin Amerson, author of Stewardship in African American Churches: A New Paradigm and Celebrating the Offering.
This series is designed for Clergy-Laity Teams (a clergy person and at least one lay person from each participating church).
Thursdays on Jan. 13, Jan. 20, Jan. 27, Feb. 3, Feb. 10. All webinars are at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom and will last for one hour. Post-webinar series group follow-up will be offered by Rev. Amerson.
Areas of focus
Biblical Foundations for Transformative Generosity
Leading Transformative Generosity
The Offering and Transformational Generosity Post COVID-19
Registration has closed. For questions, contact A.J. Thomas at the Foundation at AJThomas@umfwnc.org or 888-450-1956, Ext. 1509.
This ministry offering is co-sponsored by Dr. Bill White, Jr., Director of Equity and Justice Ministries, and the United Methodist Foundation of Western North Carolina.
Meet our guest
Rev. Melvin Amerson is an ordained pastor in the United Methodist Church and a stewardship consultant with the Texas Methodist Foundation. His experience and passion lie in encouraging and developing generous, faithful leaders and congregations.
Beyond strengthening congregational leaders, one of Melvin’s favorite ways to use his skills is to empower Wesley Foundation staff to effectively fund their college ministries.
“Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”