National Stewardship Programme
What is the National Stewardship Programme?
The National Stewardship Programme allows our congregations the opportunity to think about how we use our time, talents and money in serving God. How do we cultivate these gifts, share them sacrificially, and return them to God with increase?
The National Stewardship Programme was launched in 2011 and has already provided opportunities for congregations throughout Scotland to respond to the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ by breaking the jar. The Stewardship Consultants are working alongside churches who are doing just that:
How can my church do stewardship?
Stewardship should be on the agenda of every Kirk Session meeting, and here on these pages, you will find resources for worship, Kirk Session meetings and Bible Studies. You will find our monthly e-cards giving stories from congregations which have recently completed a stewardship programme.
However, you will also find our best resource - The Church of Scotland has a wonderful team of consultants who are passionate about their faith and who have a wealth of experience in helping churches. They work alongside churches equipping them with resources, sharing ideas which have proved fruitful for other congregations, and encouraging them to find the appropriate stewardship message for their situation and parish.
The consultants and I are eager to help your church break the jar. Please remember that there is no cost to your church for the services of a consultant. The consultants and I can join you on your journey. It really is a risk worth taking – go on, break the jar!
Rev Alan Gibson
Head of Stewardship
While he was in Bethany, reclining at the table in the home of Simon the Leper, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, made of pure nard. She broke the jar and poured the perfume on his head.
Some of those present were saying indignantly to one another, “Why this waste of perfume? It could have been sold for more than a year’s wages and the money given to the poor.” And they rebuked her harshly.
“Leave her alone,” said Jesus. “Why are you bothering her? She has done a beautiful thing to me.”
National Stewardship Programme resources
- Getting started information pack
- Seasons for Stewardship Planning Guide for congregations
- Giving for Growth: planning guide for congregations
- Gift Aid: Your offering
Ecards and posters
- New Deer ecard
- Oakshaw ecard
- Westburn ecard
- Strichen and Tyrie ecard
- Armadale ecard
- Inverkeithing ecard
- Your giving helps the church grow
- Have you got a hand to help?
- Support one another
Kirk Session and worship resources
- Stewardship bible studies
- Worship resources
- Stewardship and Finance report on Christian Giving
- Christian giving is sacrifical giving - leaflet
- Six steps to stewardship - discussion booklet
- Bible studies for small groups
- Stewardship on Sunday - sermons
For congregations in the Presbyteries of Edinburgh, West Lothian, Lothian, Melrose and Peebles, Duns, Jedburgh:
- Margot Robertson: Telephone: 01620 893459
For congregations in the Presbyteries of Annandale and Eskdale, Dumfries and Kirkcudbright, Wigtown and Stranraer, Ayr, Irvine and Kilmarnock, Ardrossan, Lanark, Greenock and Paisley, Hamilton:
- Edith Scott: Telephone: 01357 520503
For congregations in the Presbyteries of Glasgow, Dumbarton, Argyll, Stirling, Lochaber:
- Stuart Sangster: Telephone: 01360 622302
For congregations in the Presbyteries of Falkirk, Dunfermline, Kirkcaldy, St Andrews, Dunkeld and Meigle, Perth, Dundee:
- Sandra Holt: Telephone: 07807477682
For congregations in the Presbyteries of Angus, Aberdeen, Kincardine and Deeside, Gordon, Buchan, Moray, Abernethy, Inverness:
- Fiona Penny: Telephone: 01771 653442
Congregations in other Presbyteries
- Contact the Head of Stewardship at the Church Offices in the first instance, email Alan Gibson.