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Ecumenical Stewardship Center NEWS: Generosity NEXT 2019 Focuses on the Offering

Ecumenical Stewardship Center NEWS: Generosity NEXT 2019 Focuses on the Offering

Generosity NEXT, Newsletter, Resources
Attend the Generosity NEXT Seminar: Spirited Generosity - Offering Vitality in the 21st Century Spirited Generosity: Offering Vitality in the 21st Century is the topic for Generosity NEXT 2019, November 20-21, 2019 at the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Atlanta, Georgia. Receiving offerings has been an ongoing part of the church's story, beginning with the earliest scripture texts. Generosity NEXT will explore the history and theology of the offering, its spiritual significance, and how faith communities can continue to make congregational giving a vital practice in 21st-century culture. Dr. L. Edward Phillips, Associate Professor of Worship and Liturgical Theology at Candler School of Theology, will present an historical and theological review of the offering in Judeo/Christian culture. Melvin Amerson, Stewardship Consultant for the Texas Methodist Foundation, will give a presentation…
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July 2019 News

July 2019 News

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Upcoming Webinars Preview generosity365 DISCOVER! generosity365 DISCOVER! will help your congregation live more generously. generosity365 DISCOVER! begins with gratitude, looks at your church’s giving numbers, and provides practical steps to nurture the spiritual discipline of giving. generosity365 DISCOVER! includes three components: An assessment of your church giving and introductory analysis Learn more with our generosity365 DISCOVER! webinars Go deeper with personalized coaching sessions generosity365 DISCOVER! will launch in September 2019, but you can get a taste now by participating in two webinars: Major Gifts Thursday, July 25, 1:30 pm Eastern time, 12:30 pm Central time, 11:30 am Mountain time, 10:30 am Pacific time Do you think your church will never receive a major gift? Think again. Learn more about major gifts, readiness to receive them, and best practices for stewarding…
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June 2019 Newsletter

June 2019 Newsletter

Newsletter
Missed the Generosity Transformed Conference? Get the Keynote Speaker Recordings Generosity Transformed! Conference participants learned how to energize and revitalize their strategies for faithful generosity by connecting their missions, ministries, and resources. You can do the same with recordings of the Generosity Transformed! Conference keynote speaker presentations. God's Subversive Generosity by the Rev. Dr. Anthony Bailey, Coordinating Minister at Parkdale United Church, Ottawa, Ontario Asking for Checks in a Venmo World: A Minister's Guide to Cultivating Generosity the Rev. Dr. Ginny Brown Daniel, Conference Minister for the Mid-South Conference of the United Church of Christ Piggy Banks and Offering Plates: On (Not) Giving It All Away by the Rev. Lee Hull Moses, Chief of Staff in the Office of the General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)…
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Measuring Your Generosity? Look No Further Than Your Relationships

Measuring Your Generosity? Look No Further Than Your Relationships

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Measuring generosity is a complex matter for many North Americans. However, no generosity audit is complete without giving attention to relationships. Biblical texts speak plainly about how generosity should be built on healthy, caring relationships, including one of the most well-known: “If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body so that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing” (1 Cor. 13:3, NRSV). Here are some relationships to consider. With Creation The vast complexity, variety, and beauty of creation is the measure of God’s generosity to us. The Rev. Canon Carla Valentine Pryne describes our Creator as a generous God who can “make a forest out of a few seeds, a planet out of breath and song.” As a daily recipient…
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New Issue of Giving Magazine Focuses on Stewardship and Relationships

New Issue of Giving Magazine Focuses on Stewardship and Relationships

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The newest issue of the Giving: Growing Joyful Stewards in Your Congregation Magazine focuses on the connection between stewardship and relationships. Many North Americans view stewardship of their resources as a complex matter. However, the task of stewarding relationships can be just as challenging. Biblical texts speak plainly about what our discipleship should look like regarding our generosity and our relationships, including one of the most well-known: “If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body so that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing” (1 Cor. 13:3). Giving Magazine volume 21, no. 2 writers are from a variety of Christian denominations and represent decades of study and experience. Their articles provide thoughtful, practical, and inspirational content about a rich tapestry…
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Devoted to Generosity

Devoted to Generosity

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You want year-round stewardship resources. You’ll find them in Devoted to Generosity. Based on the story of Tabitha in Acts 9:36-42, the Devoted to Generosity year-round stewardship resource has everything a congregation needs for an annual stewardship focus. Guidelines are included for spring, fall, and year-round emphases that are user friendly for any size congregation. Theologians, educators, and practitioners from a variety of Christian faith traditions have contributed more than 200 pages of materials with a focus on holistic stewardship: a whole-life response to the abundant generosity of God. Devoted to Generosity includes materials for worship and study: one for each month of the year based on scriptures from the Revised Common Lectionary Year C. Adult studies, youth studies, and children’s stories provide a stewardship focus for every generation. Here’s what you’ll find in Devoted…
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Generosity Transformed 2019

Generosity Transformed 2019

Generosity Transformed
At the Generosity transformed! your mission * your ministry * your money Conference, April 30 – May 2, 2019 in Indianapolis, church and organizational leaders will learn how to energize and revitalize their strategies for faithful generosity by connecting their missions, ministries, and resources. More than a typical workshop-based conference, Generosity Transformed! Conference participants will engage deeply in peer discussion groups and subject-based roundtables to develop practical implementation plans, and leave ready and able to help their churches and organizations thrive through transformative practices of faithful generosity. Generosity Transformed!’s keynote speakers will provide theological grounding and inspiration. The Rev. Dr. Anthony Bailey is senior pastor at the Parkdale United Church in Ottawa, Ontario. He has provided leadership for the Festival of Homiletics and has academic degrees in social work, theology,…
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Stu Bear Children’s Book Now Available

Stu Bear Children’s Book Now Available

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The Ecumenical Stewardship Center is pleased to announce that the book Stu Bear: A Story about Stewardship for Young Children has been republished. Loveable Stu Bear was created by the Presbyterian Church USA to teach younger children about stewardship. Recently the Ecumenical Stewardship Center received permission to reprint Stu Bear resources and create new ones using Stu Bear. Stu Bear: A Story about Stewardship for Young Children is an adorable, full-color book in which Stu Bear learns about stewardship from young children as he accompanies them at home, at church, and in the community. Order today in the Ecumenical Stewardship Center web store.
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New Resource: 40 Words of Generosity Graphic

New Resource: 40 Words of Generosity Graphic

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Stretch your imagination about faithful generosity with this colorful 40 words of generosity graphic, available in 6’ x 4’ banner size, 3’ x 2’ poster size, 7” x 5” for use in print applications, and 3” x 2” size for use in digital applications. Purchase individually or as a bundle. Find them here on the ESC website.
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September Author Chat Will Feature One Minute Stewardship

September Author Chat Will Feature One Minute Stewardship

Author Chat
The Ecumenical Stewardship Center September 2018 Author Chat will feature the book One Minute Stewardship: Creative Ways to Talk about Money in Church, written by the Rev. Charles Claughen Jr. The live chat will take place on Wednesday, September 26 at 2:30 pm Eastern time, 1:30 pm Central time, 12:30 pm Mountain time, 11:30 am Pacific time. The Rev. Charles Claughen Jr. has been an Episcopal priest for over forty-eight years, serving in parishes in Rhode Island, Connecticut, Texas, and Maryland. He is presently the Director of Planned Giving for the Diocese of Maryland. His book One Minute Stewardship includes a plethora of wisdom about faithful generosity gleaned from nearly fifty years of ministry, and a collection of short reflections inspired by scripture, theme, event, and testimony designed to promote…
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