Saying ‘Thank You’

Send five Giving Statements per year  during April/May, June/July, September, December and January.  Put a thank you note in each giving statement.  Use pictures.  Tell a Story.  Sending a simple thank you note that that connects gifts given to ministry being accomplished can make a powerful statement .  Download a sample “Giving Statement Thank You Note” template here .  

Say “Thank You!” for all the ways that people share their gifts, not just for financial stewardship.  Each week, make five personal contacts, five phone calls, write five handwritten thank you notes or send five personal emails saying “Thank you” to individuals in the congregation or community who have used their gifts to make ministry happen.    

Hold a “Thank You Brunch” in connection with your next Annual Meeting. Invite everyone who supports the ministry of the congregation to the “Thank You Brunch” provided by the congregation. Consider working with a local restaurant to provide biscuits or other breakfast foods. At the brunch, recognized volunteers who share their time and talents to make ministry happen. If you are worried about the cost of the brunch, consider applying for a $250 Thrivent Action Team grant to pay for the food and supplies.

Invite a ministry leader to say “Thank You” at a worship service. Individuals in worship rarely see all the ministry being accomplished at a congregation. Invite a leader, other than the pastor, from one of your ministries (for example, faith formation ministry, helping ministry, etc) to take 60 seconds to thank the congregation for supporting the ministry. Download a template for a Congregational Thank You Presentation  here .

Write a Thank You letter or Create an ‘Infographic” telling the story of the congregation’s ministry and include it in your “Year-End” giving statement. When writing a letter, be sure to mention specific ministries accomplished during the past year. Infographics are visual representations of information. Invite an artist or creative person in your congregation to create an infographic telling the story of your ministry. Free online tools like canva.com can be used to produce simple, impactful infographics. Here’s an example of a Thank You letter and a congregational year-end infographic.

Give a handwritten thank you note to each of your key staff and volunteers thanking them for their help during the holidays.  The Advent/Christmas and Lent/Easter seasons can create tremendous stress for staff and volunteers. Write a personal thank you note to each individual telling them how much you appreciate their support during these busy times.