Could your church use a giving programme?

Author: Geoff Freeman

Published on: 10 September 2015

A giving programme is being offered nationally which is particularly designed for smaller, rural/village churches.

In these churches a greater percentage of the community are likely to be committed to the church than in other contexts. The programme encourages the church to consider whether it should approach the wider community and also whether to hold a presentation event to communicate the financial needs of the parish. Other churches may also find this useful, although without a clearly defined and supportive community they are likely to find trying to approach the wider  community for support less successful. Resources include:

1. A Guide
First download the outline of the Rural Giving Programme, to gain an overview of what you will need to do. Then there are a number of templates to make your job easier:

2. Use the Supporting Resources…

Preparing to run your programme

  • A template for writing your case statement
  •  The ‘Footfall’ tool to uncover your church’s reach into your community
  • Case Statement examples Planned
  • Giving analysis tool (a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet)

Running the launch event

  • A guide to organising the launch event
  • A template letter to invite your congregation to your event
  • A template letter to invite your community to your event
  • A template invitation card and response form

Prayer and teaching resources

  • Prayer resources
  • Link to ‘Giving for Life’ reflections leaflet

The pack

  • A brochure template. Examples of brochures: A4 and A5 folded leaflet templates
  • A template letter to accompany brochure for the congregation
  • A template letter to accompany the brochure for the wider community
  • Forms for setting up a Standing Orders and Gift Aid Declarations Afterwards
  • A template thank you letter

You can download all of the resources online at

Alternatively, contact our Parish Funding Support Officers to ask for a printed copy to be sent to you.

The author...

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Geoff Freeman

Parish Funding Support Officer

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