Top Tips on Promoting the Parish Giving Scheme
Share your story. PGS is an excellent mechanism for planned giving, but in order to promote it well it must be paired with a motivator, and sharing your story as a church can help with this. Be specific about the mission and ministry which is enabled by giving, and shape a message which is inspires whilst also is transparent. To find out more about communicating about giving, please click here.
Promote PGS during a Giving Programme. This is a really good way to frame the PGS message through the lens of prayer, discipleship and mission, and is a good way to facilitate a focused period of reflection as a community. Giving Programmes also provide a good intentional platform for communication about PGS, and the clear beginning and end points are helpful for response. To find out more about Giving Programmes, please click here.
Engage people. Embed your PGS and giving message in your collective worship, private prayer, and conversation (both practical and through the lens of discipleship). These strengthen and deepen the practical message of PGS, encouraging a more fruitful response. Create opportunities for people to engage with - spiritual, social and practical - and don't forget to include joy and fun.
Endorse with Giving Stories. Encourage members of your community to share their giving stories, why they give to their local church, and their experiences of giving through PGS. This helps to give a peer to peer message, and advocates PGS as well as local giving. They can also be a good springboard into others reflecting on their own giving stories.