Author Chats





Ecumenical Stewardship Center Author Chats provide opportunities to interact with thought leaders who are authors of some of the most recently-published books on faithful stewardship and generous giving. Participate in the live Author Chats and/or view chat recordings.

Next Chat: May 24, 2017

Margaret Marcuson

In this Author Chat, Margaret Marcuson of Marcuson Leadership Circle will talk about her book Social Media for Your Church. We will chat about why social media matters for your church, social media types and tips, social media strategies, and what social media has to do with generosity. 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017
7:00 p.m. Eastern time
6:00 p.m. Central time
5:00 p.m. Mountain time
4:00 p.m. Pacific time.

Registration is limited to 100 participants. Reserve your spot today!

Recorded Chats

Chick Lane and Grace Duddy Pomroy

Grace and Chick are co-authors of Embracing Stewardship: How to put stewardship at the heart of your congregation's life. The book digs into the heart of stewardship by naming it as an essential spiritual discipline. Perspectives from two generations offer a mixture of tried-and-true strategies and new approaches that help faith communities and their leaders become confident, competent, generous stewards.

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Bob Sitze

Bob Sitze is an experienced ecclesiological observer with more than 40 years of wide-ranging experience as a congregational leader and denominational executive in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. His book Stewardshift: An Economia for Congregational Change invites persons to shift their views on stewardship to bring new excitement, energy and vitality to their congregations.

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Melvin Amerson

Rev. Melvin Amerson is an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church and serves as Stewardship Services Consultant for the Texas Methodist Foundation. He the author of Stewardship in African American Churches: A New Paradigm. Melvin says, "When the church embraces the responsibility of living as faith managers of God's vast resources [as Psalm 24:1 teaches], the community of faith will prosper." The book includes developing a theology of generosity, defining stewardship leadership roles, celebrating the offering each week, and establishing endowment giving.

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Margaret Marcuson

Rev. Margaret Marcuson is an ordained minister in the American Baptist Churches USA and leadership consultant and coach. She is the author of many books and resources, including Money and Your Ministry: Balance the Books While Keeping Your Balance and Leaders Who Last: Sustaining Yourself and Your Ministry. Margaret says, "Money does not have to be the hardest thing you do at church."

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Betsy Schwarzentraub

The Rev. Dr. Betsy Schwarzentraub is former Conference Director of Stewardship for the CA-NV United Methodist Foundation and former Director of Stewardship for the General Board of Discipleship of The United Methodist Church. She is the author of Stewardship: Nurturing Generous Living and Afire with God: Becoming Spirited Stewards. Betsy says that Spirit-ed stewardship is not a method or a formula but a Spirit-led lifestyle based on the activity of God. 

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Clayton Smith

The Rev. Dr. Clayton Smith, Executive Pastor of Generosity at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, is the author of Propel: Good Stewardship, Greater Generosity. Pastors, stewardship leaders and those preparing for ministry will appreciate the clear vision Clayton casts in Propel in areas such as the organization and implementation of annual campaigns, planned giving programs, memorial gifts, and much more. He offers an extraordinary depth and breadth of practical information along with the wisdom that comes with decades of real church leadership experience.

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