ESC News April 2017

There's still time to register for Generosity NOW      

April 25-27, 2017
Calvary Baptist Church
Washington, DC

Generosity NOW--formerly the North American Conference on Christian Philanthropy--has been a premiere Ecumenical Stewardship Center event for decades. Laypersons, pastors, and judicatory and denominational staff who attend Generosity NOW increase their knowledge about spiritual principles and best practices relating to faithful stewardship and generous giving through plenary sessions, workshops, and worship.

This year's Generosity NOW plenary speakers are from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership at Wesley Theological Seminary, and the Faith and Money Network. Generosity NOW offers three excellent plenary sessions and 19 different workshops in three tracks: Faithful Stewardship, Leadership, and Generous Giving.

Registration for Generosity NOW is just $299.00 and includes a pre-conference reception at the Hilton Garden Inn Reagan National Airport on Tuesday evening, April 25, and lunch on Wednesday, April 26 and Thursday, April 27 at the conference site

Registration closes on Tuesday, April 18: the Tuesday after Easter. Register today!

Learn more about Generosity NOW

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Order our new resources with the Live Generously theme      

Live Generously, based on 2 Corinthians 8:9, is the theme for the newest stewardship resources published by the Ecumenical Stewardship Center. Volume 19 of the Giving: Growing Joyful Stewards in Your Congregation magazine, corresponding theme materials, and Companion Resource provide a creative, comprehensive, and thought-provoking approach to encourage faithful stewardship that leads to generous giving.

Learn more about the Live Generously resources

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Register today for the Holistic Stewardship Online Course 

The Holistic Stewardship online course begins May 1. Sandy Lindahl, commissioned minister in the United Church of Christ, is the instructor.
In this class, participants will envision "God's economy" for sustaining life. There are great imbalances today in wealth and privilege such that the very Earth is suffering as well as its people, plants and creatures. Understanding that this imbalanced system is a choice that can be altered is a desired outcome of this class.

Holistic Stewardship is part of the Steward Leaders Engaging God's Mission course series co-sponsored by the Ecumenical Stewardship Center and Transformingthechurch.org. The courses include audiographic sessions, readings, and real-time conference calls. CEUs are available. The registration fee is just $49.95.

Learn more or register

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COMPASS Live Chat: Conquering Student Loan Debt

Student loan debt (an unbelievable $1.3 trillion dollars owed) now exceeds total credit card debt, and the average college graduate has $30,000 in student loans to repay. The Federal Reserve found that 31% of borrowers are running 90 days or more late on student loan repayment, and there are now over 100,000 borrowers who have their Social Security benefits garnished for defaulted student loans (a 500% increase). Clearly, there is a crisis of student loan debt affecting many families, and the debt problems have an impact on stewardship and ability to be generous.

Join us for a conversation with Darryl Dahlheimer, program director for LSS Financial Counseling, a partner of Everence, who will tell us about new repayment options, how to conquer student loan debt, and share stories of experience and hope about this challenging issue.

Thursday, March 20
12:30 p.m. Eastern time
11:30 a.m. Central time
10:30 p.m. Mountain time
  9:30 a.m. Pacific time

There's no need to pre-register for this free Live Chat. Just click on the link below on April 20 to join the Chat.

https://stewardshipresources.adobeconnect.com/compasschat417/

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Complimentary Resource from Marcuson Leadership Circle

Margaret Marcuson was a pastoral leader for 15 years, so she knows the struggles of being in a ministry leadership position. She wants to help leaders within ministry find how they can use their unique calling and giftedness to make a lasting impact while avoiding burnout. She offers a free toolbox ebook, featuring 37 tools she recommends to make clergy life easier and more satisfying. Grab it now!
This complimentary download is available through an agreement between the Ecumenical Stewardship Center and Marcuson Leadership Circle. To receive the ebook, click the link below.

https://visitor.r20.constantcontact.com/d.jsp?llr=rpjt8qn6&p=oi&m=1010956871153&sit=wkiocyq6&f=f3ad28c6-97aa-497f-ac87-b1f72423f9a2