Stewardship


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Statement of Intent Form

Statement of Intent

You can download the 2022 statement of intent form (below), fill it out and either drop it off at the office, send it by mail, or email it to admin@gslcgb.org If you prefer, you can click the submit button to send your filled out form to the office.

2020 STEWARDSHIP COMMITTEE ANNUAL REPORT

The Stewardship Committee is responsible for ensuring support of our ministry through giving of our time, talents, and financial resources. The committee (Tom Felton, Tom Hansen, Steve Lenz, Brenda Berend, and Dick Sachs, along with Pastor Jen) continue to focus on preparing and implementing a comprehensive stewardship program. This year we adjusted our annual stewardship appeal process in response to changing conditions. Pending congregation approval, we will soon have our own mission endowment fund aimed at generating income for ministry.


This year we did not reach our goal to increase overall pledged giving by $300 per week. The lower number of Statements of Intent received is likely a factor, which could be a result of uncertainty about future income. Regardless of the reasons, there is much to celebrate thanks to your continued generosity. Last year’s increased number of automatic givers played a key role in providing stability when there was so much uncertainty. While there were some members forced to reduce giving, we are blessed to have so many who gave above and beyond what they had committed. It’s also encouraging to see that more than half of the Statements of Intent indicate increased amounts. I am excited about the formation of an Endowment Committee and look forward to supporting that effort.

Thank you all for being part of this ministry. I rejoice in the fact that we are Here for GOOD.

In Christ,

Tom Felton

Stewardship Committee Chair

LEGACY ENDOWMENT FUND

Have you ever asked yourself: Will I leave this world a better place? Did I have a positive impact on present and future generations? Will my life show that “I was here for good?”

As you contemplate these questions, consider that one of the ways you can give a resounding answer of “YES” to each of these questions is through your Legacy. While the idea of Legacy may remind us of death, it is not really about death. It is about life; identifying what is important and taking steps to ensure that your Legacy is used “for good.” Thinking of one’s Legacy may give you a perspective of what’s really important, such as making certain that your church is able to continue helping others learn of Christ’s love and forgiveness long after you have left this earthly life.

Many people provide a Legacy to favorite charities, their alma maters, and organizations that are important to them. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, with guidance and assistance of the ELCA, is initiating a program to benefit the current and future ministries of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. This includes creation of a Legacy Endowment Fund for you to support future ministries as part of your estate plans.

You will have the opportunity to ask questions and vote on creation of the Legacy Endowment Fund at the annual congregational meeting on January 31, 2021. In the meantime, please feel free to contact Tom Hansen, Pastor Jen, or Jim Trader with any questions you may have regarding Legacy gifting. By Tom Hansen

Stewardship Committee Overview

Support of our ministry through giving of our time, talents, and financial resources.

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church utilizes the Simply Giving® program as a means of receiving offerings.

To enroll in Simply Giving, download the enrollment form, fill in completely, and return to the church office with a voided check or savings deposit slip.

Simply Giving® program Frequently Asked Questions

The Stewardship Committee shall be comprised of the congregation treasurer, the administrative assistant, and as many members of the congregation as the committee chooses. Each year the committee shall elect a chairperson and a recorder from its membership. The congregation treasurer will report from the Congregation Council any action that this committee needs to take, and report to the Congregation Council on behalf of this committee. The committee shall meet regularly.

The responsibilities and duties of the Stewardship Committee include, but are not limited to:

1. Prepare and implement a comprehensive stewardship program for the congregation members’ time, talents, and treasures.

2. Order and supervise the distribution of offering envelopes and provide opportunities for congregation members to give their offerings electronically.

3. Enlist and supervise volunteers responsible for counting money each week.

4. Plan and implement an annual financial stewardship program to be used for purposes of estimating contributions when preparing the budget for the following year.

5. Distribute members’ quarterly contribution statements at the end of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd calendar quarters. (Annual statements at the end of the year are mailed to members by the administrative assistant.)

6. Evaluate and revise the time and talents forms annually, with input from the Standing Committees and Ministry Teams.

7. Collect/update existing members’ time and talents information annually.

8. Collect time and talents information from new members as part of the new member orientation process.

9. Insure that the time and talents information is kept up-to-date in the church’s database. Distribute reports from that database to the Standing Committees and Ministry Teams on a regular basis.

10. Prepare and submit a budget request to the Executive Committee for anticipated stewardship expenses annually.

11. Oversee disbursement of the annual Stewardship Committee budget.