Chapter two of Beyond the Collection Plate
suggests that good stewardship practice must privilege planned giving and nurture planned givers. Practically this includes a move away from loose cash gifts on the offering plate
and indeed weekly envelopes towards standing orders and Direct Debits. Spiritually it means saying thank you, an annual challenge to review giving, encouragement to new members to start giving in a thoughtful, planned manner, a ministry of preaching and more. In short we need to address the Giving for Life
challenge and to see planned giving as an aspect of our personal discipleship.