The Archbishop of York has appointed David Butterfield (Archdeacon of the East Riding) to be Archdeacon for Generous Giving and Stewardship, and Residentiary Canon of York Minster. David will be based in York and will work across the whole diocese supporting and resourcing churches in the area of Christian giving. This is an area of ministry that David has had positive hands-on experience of at local church level.
David will be a resource for churches to help them increase their income. He will work with churches across the Diocese to strengthen their stewardship, increase giving from their congregations, and discover the joy of Christian giving. He will be working with clergy and Readers at Deanery and parish level to increase confidence in preaching on stewardship, and help churches raise money from legacies.
David Butterfield said, “I have very much enjoyed working across the churches of the East Riding and during my seven years a number of churches have invited me to help them in the area of Christian giving. When we experience for ourselves the generosity of God it transforms our whole outlook on life. Christ invites us to become generous people and his promise: “Give, and it will be given to you" assures us that he will provide for us.”
Archbishop Sentamu said, “I am very pleased that David has agreed to take on this new role. I am excited about our diocesan vision of Generous Churches Making and Nurturing Disciples and I believe we need someone to focus on the ‘Generous Churches’ aspect of this so that it takes root in our diocese. David’s role will be to give guidance and practical support to our churches."