The 2009 Church of England report, Giving for Life, identifies an annual review as one of four key stewardship tasks. Characterised by simplicity a review is within the capacity of every church, large or small. An annual review of giving helps make the challenge to generous giving part of the rhythm, the rule of life in the church. An annual review helps make good stewardship simply, 'how we do things around here'.
Teach and challenge
An annual review is not a mini stewardship programme. It should have a clear purpose, be characterised by simplicity and be responsive to the immediate needs of the church. There will be some biblical teaching but a review need not shy away from a simple and clear financial challenge to the congregation.