Learning a New Language

Language is important part of growing generosity in our congregations. Consider the following alternative words that, if used consistently, can create a new world of giving among your membership.


Annual Ministry Plan instead of budget

Estimate of Giving Card instead of pledge card

Compassion Card instead of pledge card

Contributions instead of income

Costs of Ministry instead of expenses

Generosity instead of stewardship

Solutions (the church’s) instead of needs (the church’s)

Ministry Successes instead of budget deficits

Ministry Expansion Project instead of capital campaign

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