Last updated 14th September 2023
Vision 2026 calls us to give generously of our time, talents, and money to the cause of Christ.
Christian Stewardship is part of our daily lives and discipleship journey, not a quick campaign or program. As disciples, our giving is a sincere way of showing our love for God and a thankful response to His endless care and generosity.
In July 2023, Blackburn Diocese committed to ten key principles outlining what it is to be a Joyful Generous Steward. You can read about them here, or listen to the Ven. Mark Ireland Archdeacon of Blackburn in the video below.
Talking Generosity. Recognising the awkwardness many feel in talking about generosity and stewardship, we have developed a set of conversation starters, ‘Talking Generosity’, specifically designed open up conversations in a non-threatening manner. This resource aims to facilitate discussions on Christian Stewardship and Generosity within PCCs (Parochial Church Councils) and small groups, or during a service. You can download a printable pdf version here
Preaching Generosity. Short reflections, based on the lectionary readings, are intended to help inspire you to consider how to inspire generosity in the liturgy of the Word, improving our understanding on money, stewardship, and giving. You can download the September - December 2023 reflections here.
Video Shorts. These short 2-4 minute videos are intended to inspire and teach about generosity, featuring diverse contributors from across the diocese covering key topics such as 'What Does Generosity Mean to Me?, 'Why Give?' and 'Generosity Stories.'
A Giving resource for New Local Congregations. New local congregations are a dynamic expression of fellowship and ministry and need a dedicated toolbox of flexible, practical and impactful resources that inspire Generosity and Stewardship. This resource is currently in development.
Resources for Children and Young People. Inspiring a culture of generosity involves ensuring that our resources of biblical teaching and peaching are appropriate for all ages. Specifically designed for those leading ministry with children and young people, and created in the format of the existing resources produced by the Board of Education, these materials aim to inspire and educate children and young people about Christian Stewardship and Generosity by providing a toolbox of resources designed to equip leaders to effectively teach the principles of becoming joyful, generous stewards. Access to the materials for young people will be published on the DBE website during the Autumn term with those for children following in the New Year.
Financial Communication. To enable church members to grow in their understanding of the financial position of their own church, a simple template is currently in development for parishes to use to input information from their accounts to produce a summary document that presents the finances simply, including charts, to help engage the wider church at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM).