Stewardship Resources

New Resources from the Stewardship Committee

The Illinois Conference UCC Stewardship Committee is offering four Stewardship programs as a resource to the local churches. These programs have been designed by two members of the Stewardship Committee, Larry McCure and Kay Quinney-Burnard, along with Pat McCure and Rev. Eric Quinney-Burnard. Themes and scripture along with suggested formats are offered in each program. Please feel free to email Larry or Kay if you have any questions.

Each year, the United Church Board for Ministerial Assistance relies on the Christmas Fund Offering for the Veterans of the Cross and the Emergency Fund to provide 60% of the annual funding needed to:

  • supplement low pensions;
  • supplement health benefits;
  • provide other direct assistance to retired clergy and lay employees;
  • provide Christmas gift checks to low-income retirees.

Neighbors in Need
Neighbors in Need (NIN) is a special mission offering of the UCC that supports ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States. One-third of NIN funds support the Council for American Indian Ministry(CAIM). Two-thirds of the offering is used by the UCC’s Justice and Witness Ministries(JWM) to support a variety of justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects through grants.

One Great Hour of Sharing
One Great Hour of Sharing® is the Lenten Offering of the United Church of Christ that supports disaster, refugee, and development actions.

Our Church’s Wider Mission
The National OCWM website offers great resources for church leadership to explain OCWM and a church’s connection to the denomination’s state and national resources.

Strengthen the Church
Strengthen The Church (STC) is a special mission offering to reimagine and build the future of the UCC. Shared at the conference and national levels, STC largely supports youth ministries and full-time leaders for new churches in parts of the country where the UCC voice has not been heard.

Stewardship Resources from the UCC
Newly designed every year, colorful, coordinated materials based on scripture can greatly help your congregation with its annual stewardship effort. Materials include full-color poster, four motivational bulletin inserts (including giving chart), worship folder, letterhead and envelope, note card, and commitment cards. Visit this site for the latest materials.

Stewardship Bibliography
A reading list of best books.

UCC Office of Philanthropy and Stewardship
This website has great resources for church philanthropy and stewardship.