"SAS allowed us to talk openly about giving, challenge long-held beliefs about giving and pledging, and introduce new ideas about what God calls us to do."

A source of financial challenge for many congregational rostered ministers is the culture of scarcity that prevails in many communities of faith. The purpose of Stewardship for All Seasons (SAS) is to guide pastors and congregation leaders to learn tried and true basic principles and effective methodologies to carry out productive stewardship programs. Learn how to do year-round, on-going stewardship resulting in more money for ministry; become more energized stewards; and build a culture of generosity. Rely on more than the annual stewardship appeal. Think stewardship development. SAS Impact Stories

3E provides generous scholarships for congregations which are based on operating budgets and intended to include most every size congregation.  Cohorts of congregations are organized each year of the 2020-2022 grant and begin shortly after Synod Assembly. 

It is effective in diverse settings – large, small – rural, urban. 

What Makes It Work?  Voices from RMS congregations on how SAS changes our stewardship perspective

Dedication to a two-year timeframe. Knowledgeable GSB consultants are committed to your congregation's success. Typically, congregations can expect a 10% or more increase in annual giving during the first year. Continued engagement will mean continued increases. GSB's strategy is proven.2022 SAS Brochure 

Registration is closed for Stewardship for All Seasons Cohort 6 in 2022. 

Interested about SAS opportunities the future? Contact Deb Elstad, 3E Associate Director of Stewardship, at deb.elstad@gmail.com, with questions.

 


SAS Year One

Work sessions with your consultant, pastor and congregation’s Stewardship For All Seasons Team will:

  • Prepare all aspects of the Annual Giving Appeal
  • Monitor and support Appeal activities as they unfold
  • Direct the Appeal follow-up effort
  • Review and evaluate the completed Appeal
  • Prepare recommendations for improving next year’s Appeal
  • Design the annual Stewardship Development Calendar
  • Conduct Special Gifts Appeal
  • Create the multi-year Stewardship Development Plan

SAS Year Two

  • Nurture and equip the Stewardship For All Seasons Team to improve effectiveness in working with donors
  • Launch or enhance Planned Giving program for estate gifts
  • Assess need for and timing of a capital campaign
  • Prepare and carry out the next Annual Giving Appeal
  • Assure the Stewardship Development Calendar is followed
  • From January to May, SAS Year Two has congregations choose a topic to do a deep dive.Topics include: Volunteerism, Strategic Planning, Storytelling and Communication, Effective Pastoral Leadership in Stewardship, and more.

 

Development of stewardship initiatives, structured step by step process, professional materials, and follow-up led us to a successful campaign even with the pandemic. Paul and Evan's experience, guidance, and encouragement through the process was invaluable to our success. They were always available during the process to answer our questions when they arose whether during meetings or when off-line. We now have a program structure to continue using and to build and improve on as we go forward.  ~ King of Glory, Arvada, CO

The investment in SAS Year 1 or Year 2 is $3150, which includes the cost of a professional graphic artist contracted through SAS. Congregations separately pay for their printing costs. 3E makes scholarships available to all congregations based on operating budgets of congregations. 

*** Since this is last year for 3E Stewardship Lilly grants -- we have additional grants available.  Contact Deb Elstad for more details. ***

Download the 2022 Stewardship for All Seasons brochure (pdf) outlining SAS benefits and 2022-3 gathering commitment dates.

The point is this: the one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. ... You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity, which will produce thanksgiving to God through us; for the rendering of this ministry not only supplies the needs of the saints, but also overflows with many thanksgivings to God. Through the testing of this ministry, you glorify God by your obedience to the confession of the gospel of Christ and by the generosity of your sharing with them and with all others, while they long for you and pray for you because of the surpassing grace of God that he has given you. Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!  2 Corinithians, Chapter 9:6,11-15