Giving in the Diocese of Oxford is rising, which is very good news, but we’ve got some way to go before our giving levels are the same as most other dioceses. My role as Generous Giving Adviser has been created to help encourage more generous giving throughout the diocese and there’s four principal ways I am doing that:
- Providing intensive support to a small number of churches and deaneries as they develop and promote their giving plans and resources
- Curating materials and resources which parishes can use to develop a culture of generous giving and support funding initiatives
- Supporting the archdeaconry teams so that they can integrate giving within their mission plans
- Advising Bishops and other senior leaders on how to develop a vision and strategy that promotes generous giving
If you would like to discuss how I may be able to help you to encourage generous giving then do please contact me.
This part of the website will be updated over time with more resources and materials which may be useful but, for now, hopefully these will be of help to you.
Helping identify potential funders
If you wish to search for funders who who may be interested in providing funding for your project, then you can access a directory of grant making trusts for churches here.
Helping encourage regular giving
We are introducing the parish giving scheme, which is an excellent means of encouraging greater generosity within your church. The scheme enables people to give to their church by direct debit, and there are significant benefits to this scheme compared to other ways of giving. Gift aid is automatically processed by the Parish Giving Scheme every month, saving the church considerable time and improving cashflow. Additionally, givers can choose to automatically increase their giving by the rate of inflation every year. This tackles the problem of static giving, where people’s giving ordinarily remains the same year on year whilst the costs of the church rise continually due to inflation. Givers can also choose to give anonymously if they wish. Over 20 dioceses have adopted the Parish Giving Scheme, and all are seeing increases in giving as a result. If your church would be interested in joining the scheme, then please contact me.
Below are links to various documents which can support the adoption of the Parish Giving Scheme in your church.
Helping rural parishes
We will be developing resources specifically to address the challenges that rural parishes face. The giving guide for small or rural parishes is definitely worth a look in the meantime.
Helping find funding resources
The Parish Resources website has heaps of information on how to encourage generous giving. Programmes, leaflets, films, sermon outlines and much more including really useful links to other websites such as the excellent Giving in Grace website. There’s also specific guides on how to encourage and set up different forms of giving.