Fifty-Two Week Giving Campaign


The Department of Stewardship provides the Fifty-Two Week Parish Giving Campaign, and supporting articles. The Campaign is a program led by the Parish Council, based on scriptural and church teachings, and not focused on the parish’s financial condition. Councils can study this Fifty-Two Week model, and then either implement the full program as outlined (a year-long teaching process) or adapt portions of the program to local parish realities.

 

Fifty-Two Week Parish Giving Campaign

"This fifty-two week parish member giving campaign is constructed based on a basic goal, that the Parish Council is prepared to lead the parish toward a member giving program based strictly on scriptural and church teachings and not on the parish’s financial condition. The relative financial condition of the parish, while important to communicate to the members, should not be the driving force in determining what members contribute."

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The Trail of the Tithe

By Fr. Thomas Zell

"While tithing is a critical practice of the Old Covenant, it did not originate with Moses and the giving of the Law on Mount Sinai. In the biblical account, the tithe actually shows up some five centuries before the Law was given. We first hear of it in the Book of Genesis."

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Money and the Church

By Ron Nicola

"Introducing the concept of Christian stewardship as a department within the Archdiocese was done to begin an educational process focused on linking money and the Church in a manner consistent with ancient Biblical teachings of the Church. While practices had evolved over the years that resulted in a loss of knowledge of these truths about the Orthodox Church, they nonetheless were ever-present pillars of our faith that needed to be reestablished."

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Our Patterns of Giving

By Ron Nicola

"Patterns of giving in Orthodox parishes tend to be influenced by three key factors. The first one is custom and tradition. ... Second, giving is often influenced by parish needs. ... A third factor comes into play when giving is guided by faith, by Holy Scripture, and by the witness of the Holy Orthodox Church."

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Changing Our Patterns of Giving: Exploring the Virtues and Wisdom of Tithing

By Ron Nicola

"The concept and practice of tithing is being talked about more frequently throughout the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese. To some, this is a positive and long overdue development. For others, discussion of tithing within the context of the Orthodox Church is both confusing and unfamiliar."

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Summa Contra Fundraisers

By John Truslow

"Fundraisers are well-meaning ways of raising money through various business-like ventures conducted 'for the Church.' Fundraisers have very little or nothing to do with God’s ways of financing church needs, which are tithing, offering, and pledging to give tithes and offerings, as set forth fully in biblical and patristic sources."

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Expectations for Giving in Christ's Love

By John Truslow

"Giving is only truly giving if it is done in the love of Christ. We are told to love the Lord our God with all our heart, to love our neighbor as ourself, and to love one another as Christ has loved us."

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