A church's finances can be a blessing that enables the church to pay for ministry and mission, reach out to the community, keep buildings comfortable and in good repair as well as share God's blessing with others.
Many churches achieve this but it is not always easy and some churches do struggle. Each church's circumstances are different: some wrestle with expensive buildings; others are in areas of real poverty; some have declining congregations. In some cases money is a symptom not the cause and points to problems that need to be addressed, often congregational giving.
The Resources Team at St James' House is here to support the stewardship work of every church in the diocese. We do so in four key ways:
Since 2005 Giving in Grace has offered tried and tested, biblically based and practical guidance on planning and running a stewardship programme. We can help with both planning and preaching and guide you through the comprehensive resources on this growing website
The Diocese of Liverpool is an early adopter of the innovative and important Parish Giving Scheme, a new charitable giving scheme which facilitates planned giving by Direct Debit at no cost to the local church. We are also one of the few dioceses which offer a central Gift Aid scheme to take much of the burden off the local church
Beyond the Collection Plate is a new resource helping churches to develop their income streams. We can help establish Friends groups, develop a legacy strategy, maximise Gift Aid and grow a community of generous givers
Our Resources Team are always available to offer experienced, high quality, hands on practical advice and support to churches including preparing a budget, claiming Gift Aid and the new Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme and much besides. Our contact details are in the right-hand column.