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Welcome to Stewardship

For over 100 years, we've helped Christians, charities and churches activate generosity, resource their calling and make a difference in Jesus' name.

We're a place where connection happens - where those called to give meet those called to go.

A community of generous stewards uniting to use all God has given us to love Him, love one another, and love our neighbours as ourselves.

About us

In 1906, Stewardship was created by a small group of Christians uniting to release generous gifts and financial support to Christian ministries in the UK and overseas.

Among their number were professionals and philanthropists, chemists and church planters, factory workers and evangelists, with each giving as they were able.

Today, we help over 40,000 people live out their calling to be generous stewards, giving more than £100 million each year to over 4,200 churches, 2,500 Christian workers and 6,000 charities.

Our methods have changed, but our mission remains the same.

Our vision

Our Story

For over a century, Stewardship has been advancing the Kingdom through active generosity.

The journey has taken many turns and shaped countless lives but has always been guided by the same principle; finding new and revolutionary ways for generosity to grow. It all started with eleven people around a table…

The East of England Evangelisation Trust (EEET)

As the Open Brethren movement grows exponentially, eleven men gather around a table to work out how best to support churches springing up around the country. EEET is born – a trustworthy, unified body supporting new church buildings and their congregations.

1906

The East of England Evangelisation Trust (EEET)

Growing God’s Church

Passionate about evangelism and generosity, EEET connects philanthropists and missionaries as they run evangelistic “tent missions” in towns and cities. Thousands come to Christ, and EEET supports those Christians and their congregations as they build new meeting places.

1915

Growing God’s Church

The Origins of ‘Gift Aid’

To make tax-effective gifts, individuals have to sign a ‘covenant’; committing them to support a church for seven years. With people reluctant to make a long-term commitment to one recipient, EEET offer flexibility – sign a covenant with them and they’ll distribute donations to more than one church.

1946

The Origins of ‘Gift Aid’

The First Giving Account

Mirroring the modern-day Giving Account, EEET attracts more donors keen to have flexibility and boost their generosity. The national demand prompts a name change – to United Kingdom Evangelization Trust (UKET), and UKET commissions a Christian solicitor, Mr Francis Stunt, to take on the administration.

1950s

The First Giving Account

The Start of Sovereign Giving

In a different part of the country, another significant part of Stewardship’s history begins. 50 years before a merging of paths, Sovereign Giving is founded (then called North Staffordshire Evangelical Trust) by banker Harry Green.

1958

The Start of Sovereign Giving

A Change of Pace

Back to UKET, and the popularity of the covenanting service grows. Francis Stunt struggles to balance his own legal worth with the service, so turns to an influential character in Stewardship’s history – Tony Wakelin, a self-employed clerk. So began a pivotal 20-year era for the organisation

1971

A Change of Pace

On the Move

Having recruited a number of employees to keep up with the pace, Tony and his team outgrow the cramped room they’ve been working in. They move to a bigger space, occupying the upper floor of a church hall; keen to keep UKET’s face-to-face, relational approach.

1980s

On the Move

Modernisation

Rapid advancements in technology provide uncharted territory for UKET, but a series of inspiring leaders, including Tony himself, followed by Chair Leslie Lucas and CEO David Jones, lead the way, using innovation to foster greater generosity and support even more causes.

1990s

Modernisation

A Wider Appeal

Over the years, UKET supports more people and causes outside of the Brethren movement, and offers a range of services including insurance, mortgages, legal advice and accountancy. This wider appeal prompts a further name change, to something more familiar to us today: Stewardship Services.

1995

A Wider Appeal

Kingdom Partnerships

A series of mergers bolster the offering. MET in 2001 bring research and educational expertise, Sovereign Giving (see 1958) is added alongside Credit Action in 2006, and philanthropy investment company Maxco merges in 2008. Stewardship Services becomes simply ‘Stewardship’.

2001-2008

Kingdom Partnerships

Church Growth Fund

Having grown a portfolio of church buildings since 1906, The Church Growth Fund is created by Stewardship and all properties gifted to it. The fund has more autonomy and is better equipped to support the church buildings – some dating back all the way to EEET’s origins.

2010

Church Growth Fund

A Global, Generous Community

Every Lent since 2010, over 100,000 people from around the world take part in 40acts – a generosity challenge encouraging individuals to impact their communities with acts of kindness. It’s not only blessed other people, it’s blessed churches, charities and causes along the way.

2010

A Global, Generous Community

A New Platform for Giving

True to the innovation of recent years, a new giving platform launches – Give.net. The online fundraising platform makes it easy for people to raise money and donate to causes they care about. To date, Give.net has raised over £14 million through 23,000 appeals.

2014

A New Platform for Giving

Raising Funds Conference

Building on the foundations of an organisation called Action Planning, Stewardship relaunch the Raising Funds Conference – a place for church leaders, charity leaders and fundraisers to explore biblical principles and practical tools that make a significant impact on fundraising. Hundreds join from around the country.

2017

Raising Funds Conference

Kingdom Bank

In a ground-breaking, pioneering deal, Stewardship acquire Kingdom Bank. The acquisition saw philanthropists come together to fund the move, ensuring the Christian bank with a rich and vibrant 65-year legacy stayed under Christian ownership.

2019

Kingdom Bank

Philanthropy Services

Partnering and supporting Philanthropists has always been a significant part of Stewardship’s DNA, and in 2019 a new team ensures that aim continues. As well as two new funds, the new Stewardship America service allows dual taxpayers to make tax-efficient donations to causes they care about.

2019

Philanthropy Services

A lot has changed in the last century – but Stewardship’s vision stays the same. Since the East of England Evangelisation Trust’s inception, the goal has been to encourage active generosity and support Kingdom causes. Last year, we received over £100 million, ready to pass on to charities and churches doing incredible work across the world.

Today

As an organisation that promotes and facilitates generous giving, it is very fitting that we should have generosity as a core value. The heart of God is generous – and we are to be imitators of Him.

We understand God to prioritise relationship above all else. We want to behave in a way that values relationships highly. Our aim is to develop long-term, mutual-value relationships with colleagues, clients, suppliers, strategic partners, and any others that we may serve.

Our aim is that what we present or say will always be matched by what we are or do. We will avoid promises we cannot keep, and will be quick to keep and fulfil promises we make.

Everything we do, we want to do well. If this is the work of the Kingdom, it must be done excellently. This quality will be expressed in the tangibles – like accuracy, timeliness, and effectiveness. But also in the intangibles – like the level of care we demonstrate to our clients, and genuine interest we take in them and their work.

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