Generosity NEXT Keynote Speakers Announced

Rev. Steven W. Manskar, D.Min, and the Rev. Dr. Anne Burkholder will be the keynote speakers for Generosity NEXT, November 29-December 1 in Nashville, Tennessee. The theme for Generosity NEXT 2017 is "Stewardship & Generosity: Are We Doing All We Can?" Among the staples of stewardship literature, no matter the denomination, is John Wesley’s 1872 sermon “The Use of Money”. His exhortation to gain, save, and give all we can is an easy-to-remember and oft-quoted rubric by which Christians are encouraged to measure their stewardship and generosity. But in a global society marked by wealth inequity, social injustice, and religious indifference, do Wesley’s words still resonate? Generosity NEXT keynote speakers will address these questions and engage participants in this discussion.

Steven W. Manskar is a clergy member of the Minnesota Conference of The United Methodist Church. He served congregations in Maryland and Minnesota until he joined the staff of Discipleship Ministries as Director of Wesleyan Leadership in 1999. Steve leads workshops and seminars on Covenant Discipleship groups; small-group ministry in the Wesleyan tradition; and Wesleyan leadership, theology, and practice. He leads the Wesley Pilgrimage in England and the Wesleyan Leadership Conference. He is the author of several books. His most recent is Disciples Making Disciples.

In addition to her role as Professor in the Practice of Ecclesiology and Church Leadership, Anne Burkholder is the first faculty member at Candler to hold the title of associate dean of Methodist Studies, responsible for the candidacy, commissioning and relocation needs of Methodist students. Burkholder also supervises the training of local pastors in The United Methodist Course of Study School at Emory, and oversees other United Methodist lifelong learning opportunities sponsored by Candler, including the National Institute of Church Finance and Administration, the Mallard Lay Theology Institute, and the Marcy Fellowship. She manages relations between Candler and the denomination’s annual regional conferences and general agencies.Her research interests include pastoral ethics, United Methodist polity and global Methodism.

Generosity NEXT provides the opportunity to explore how current culture informs faithful stewardship and generous giving. Generosity NEXT attendees engage with plenary speakers and with each other on cutting-edge topics. Generosity NEXT also includes Bright Spot presentations, which provide participants with the opportunity to hear inspirational stories from local leaders and hear how generous giving and faithful stewardship make their ministries possible.

Generosity NEXT will take place at the United Methodist General Board of Discipleship Offices in Nashville, Tennessee, near Vanderbilt University. Generosity NEXT participants connect with Christian sisters and brothers who share a passion for faithful stewardship and generous giving; are inspired through meaningful worship, insightful presentations, and thoughtful conversation; and are equipped to lead others in their discipleship journeys of becoming faithful stewards and generous givers. Online and live streaming attendance options are available. Online registration will open in mid-August.