“Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also”.

Luke 12.34

What is Planned Giving?

Planned Giving means regular giving, giving the same amount each week or month by Standing Order or the Envelope Scheme. Regular giving helps us to take stock, ask ourselves how important God and the church are in our lives, and how we reflect that in what we plan to give.

Planned Giving ensures that we put by enough each week or month to support the things we believe are good and worthwhile – it means our giving is planned from the start as a priority, rather than thinking about it only after we’ve paid all the bills, or what’s left at the bottom of our purses. God should be the first on our list. Our planned giving reveals our priorities, where our heart is, and our faith.

Planning our giving is good for our churches because it allows PCCs to plan effectively, and enables mission to be budgeted based on a known income. Whatever method you choose, your regular gift and your generosity is greatly appreciated your local church.

Envelopes or Standing Orders?

The method through which you choose to give is exactly that – your choice, which ever works best for you.

Through the envelope scheme individuals receive a numbered envelope for each week of the year, although this can be quite labour intensive and churches still have to count each donation at the end of services.

Choosing to give by Standing Order allows the same advantage to churches of planned income, and also reduces administration and cost.

How much should I give?

St Paul wrote a lot about giving in his letters; he encouraged Christians to give money to the church in a regular, organised, and sacrificial way. But how much we give is ultimately up to us, and our personal circumstances. The Old Testament sets out the concept of proportionate giving by ‘tithe’, suggesting that 10% of your wealth should be given back to God through the church or other good causes. Today, the Church of England follows this principle by recommending 5% of your income as a donation to the church, and 5% to other charities.

It can be a helpful exercise to ask yourself questions when thinking about your giving:

  • “Does what I give reflect the state of my finances?”
  • “Does what I give reflect God’s generosity to me?”
  • “Is my giving sacrificial?”

Please click here if you would like to view a table designed to help you easily work out what this means in terms of regular monthly donations for various levels of income.

For information about Gift Aid, please click here.