"excel in this grace of giving" (2 Cor. 8:7)

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Building the Database

We often assume that more letters mean a better response and more money. It doesn't work like that. Giving is about more than money: it is relationships, vision, trust and faith. To motivate and excite people to give, we must connect with their aspirations, their faith, their understanding. We must differentiate our database. IMPORTANT NOTE: from May 2018 the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect in the UK, see comment below.
The problem with modern technology is that it is all too easy for us to 'spray and pray': we spray out as many letters as possible and pray that some people respond! The problem here is twofold. First, we risk sending inappropriate letters to some people and missing out others to whom we should write. Second, we fail to differentiate the database to recognise the diversity of our congregations. So we ask regular committed givers to make a small increase in giving or we ask those who already have a standing order to give regularly to the church. We cannot shortcut the discipline of preparing a church mailing list that is as sensitive as it is comprehensive.
 
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
New regulations that give individuals more rights over their personal data and stronger protections of that data are currently being introduced in to UK law. The final version of the General Data Protection Regulation will take effect from May 2018. While definitive guidance is not yet available, all UK churches must make preparations for their introduction. Guidance for Anglican churches, which may also be suitable for some non-Anglican denominations, is available through the web link shown opposite.
As the new regulations will have a direct impact on the creation of Communication Database,  specific guidance will be provided when the final legal position becomes clear.