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A Suggestion for Sending 2015 Giving Statements

December 23, 2015 | Posted by John Kieschnick

Since 2016 is only about a week away, I would like to make a suggestion to pastors and other church leaders who have a hand in sending out 2015 giving statements. The easiest thing is to drop the contribution statement into an envelope and send it on its way.  I would like to encourage you to prayerfully consider a letter to accompany the statement. Here are three ideas you might want to consider as you compose your message:

  • Say “thank you.” Perhaps this is obvious, but I can’t think of a better way to start a new year with the people of God than to thank them for their partnership in the Gospel during the previous year. Paul did this consistently in his letters as a wonderful example to us.
  • Relate stories of changed lives as a result of their gifts. While it may be pertinent to state the financial condition of the congregation, it is more important to tell the people what their gifts have accomplished. Celebrate the number of baptisms and how God has transformed the lives of people in their midst. Be specific and if you use names, make sure you gain approval in advance.
  • Conclude the letter on a note of hope and optimism. The Bible reminds us that Jesus makes all things new, so regardless of what the previous year may have been like anticipate with God’s people that the best is yet to come. Remind them that this hope is based on the indescribable gift in the One whose birth we just celebrated.

A letter filled with thanks, stories of changed lives and a message of hope and optimism is a great way to start the New Year!

John Kieschnick
Born in Walburg, Texas, the second youngest of nine children, John Kieschnick received a B.S. in Education from Concordia Teachers’ College, River Forest, Ill. Throughout his ministry, John has served on a variety of synodical boards and committees, both national and district (Texas). He has authored numerous stewardship Bible studies and programs.