FORTH is a social networking program to help congregations grow a year round culture of spiritual generosity.
FORTH encourages a community of congregational leaders to create and share a diverse library of free web-based materials.
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Some of the healthiest Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregations focus more on stewardship than fundraising. While fundraising refers to money-raising efforts, stewardship is an attitude that is reflected in all of the congregation's efforts. As noted in chapter one of Beyond Fundraising: A Complete Guide to Congregational Stewardship, fundraising emphasized the need of the recipient; stewardship addresses people's spiritual need to give.
A demonstration project, with seven participating congregations, was conducted from 2007 through 2011. The FORTH report summarizes that project and lists FORTH best practices. FORTH: A Stewardship Development Program is based upon those best practices.
FORTH is a stewardship development program to help Unitarian Universalist congregations grow a year round culture of stewardship. Please see our FORTH Video Introduction that can be shared with the rest of your congregational leaders. When a congregational leader (lay leader or professional religious leader) completes the FORTH Congregational Stewardship Self-Assessment, the following materials become available:
In addition, we have created FORTH Partners, an interactive community of congregational leaders who meet online, on the phone, and sometimes in person. FORTH Partners are dedicated to learning and growing together in the knowledge and practice of stewardship. They use a suggested four-year stewardship development program and contribute to an ever-growing library of web-based materials.
To become a FORTH Partner congregation, five leaders (lay and/or professional religious leaders) must complete the FORTH Stewardship Self-Assessment. In addition to all of the resources listed above, FORTH Partners then have access to the following free FORTH web resources:
Kay Crider, Carole Czujko, Mark Ewert, Barry Finkelstein, Mary Gleason, Reverend Tricia Hart, Tamsin Kemos, Frankie Price-Stern, Dave Rickard, Aggie Sweeney, Larry Wheeler.
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Last updated on Friday, October 3, 2014.
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