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April News: generosity365 Academy New Workshops, Fees Waived & More

April News: generosity365 Academy New Workshops, Fees Waived & More

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The April 25, 2020 generosity365 Academy will take place as planned via live streaming. The generosity365 Academy Planning Team has decided not to cancel the Academy, but in the spirit of innovation and stewardship of resources, proceed with the event using the remote attendance option already in place. Workshops have been adjusted to be more relevant to the current situation related to COVID-19. Marcia Shetler, Executive Director/CEO of the Ecumenical Stewardship Center, will share "Yeast, Salt, and Light: Adaptive Stewardship Ministry". Rev. Dr. Clayton Smith's workshop has been changed to a presentation on his most recent book: Growing Through Disaster: Tools for Financial and Trauma Recovery in Your Faith Community. Other workshops, including "New Channels of Giving", will be presented as previously scheduled. Along with the uncertainty about meetings and…
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Giving Beyond the Offering Plate

Giving Beyond the Offering Plate

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9 Ways to Give Beyond the Offering Plate & 5 Things You Should Do When You Use Them For all of us, this is a time of unprecedented challenge. For many churches, it is also a time of financial anxiety. In the non-profit world, churches had an advantage because they gathered together and an invitation to give was shared every week. At the moment, churches have lost that advantage. If you have been putting off thinking about giving beyond the offering plate, you probably aren’t doing that any more. Every church is different. Not all of these 9 ways to give will apply to you. But every church can and should consider giving options beyond the offering plate. Cash and checks are still OK: find a way for your givers…
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March Newsletter Special Edition: Now is the Time for Faithful Generosity

March Newsletter Special Edition: Now is the Time for Faithful Generosity

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Now is the Time for Faithful Generosity Churches, clergy, and laypersons across North America and around the world are navigating uncharted waters as they struggle to deal with the effects of COVID-19. Some are scrambling to implement new technologies related to connecting and giving. Others are advocating for a time of Sabbath rest. Still others are mourning losses of in-person liturgies and practices that have always been essential to their  worship experience. Certainly times such as these can be the impetus to adapt and adopt practices that we perhaps should have done long before now. However, I invite you to consider these other aspects of faithful generosity. Now is the time to consider best practices for keeping your community connected. And if your faith community includes multiple generations, that means…
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March News Special Edition

March News Special Edition

Generosity NEXT, Newsletter
generosity365 Academy Moves Ahead--Remote Attendance Options The April 25, 2020 generosity365 Academy will take place as planned with two remote attendance options: individual live streaming and at live streaming sites. The Ecumenical Stewardship Center has been providing remote attendance options for events since 2016. Most recently, approximately 150 persons participated remotely in the 2019 Generosity NEXT Seminar, either individually or a live streaming sites across the US. One attendee said, "I really appreciate the decision to offer live streaming sites. We were able to have more attend because the cost was more manageable. This is good stewardship and use of technology." Bethany Theological Seminary in Richmond, Indiana will provide technology for the generosity365 Academy. The Seminary has been at the forefront of offering remote education options for decades, including currently offering…
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March News: ESC events are inspiring spaces where transformation happens

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generosity365 Academy: Growing a Vibrant Church through Faithful Generosity generosity365 Academies are fast-paced, 1+day events that inspire, engage, and inform steward leaders about best practices for growing faithful and generous stewards. They include worship, a keynote, and 12 informative workshops (4 at each Academy) on essential stewardship topics such as narrative budgeting, fiscal transparency and accountability, engaging new stewards, legacy giving, new channels of giving, and much more. Dates and locations for the Academies are April 24-25, 2020: St. Louis, Missouri October 2-3, 2020: Location TBD February 19-20, 2021: Fullerton, California The St. Louis Academy features the Rev. Dr. Janet Long, generosity coach for the Disciples’ Center for Faith and Giving, as keynote speaker on “Connecting Mission, Ministry, and Money”. The workshops are “Leading as Steward” by Davey Gerhard, executive director…
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February News: Register for the generosity365 Academy by February 29 for the Early Bird Rate & More

February News: Register for the generosity365 Academy by February 29 for the Early Bird Rate & More

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Register for the generosity365 Academy by February 29 for the Early Bird Rate generosity365 Academies are fast-paced, 1+day events that inspire, engage, and inform steward leaders about best practices for growing faithful and generous stewards. They include worship, a keynote, and 12 informative workshops (4 at each Academy) on essential stewardship topics such as narrative budgeting, fiscal transparency and accountability, engaging new stewards, legacy giving, new channels of giving, and much more. Dates and locations for the Academies are April 24-25, 2020: St. Louis, Missouri October 2-3, 2020: Location TBD February 19-20, 2021: Fullerton, California St. Louis workshops are Leadership, Money, and the Church Engaging New Stewards Offering Invitations that Ignite the Joy of Generosity New Channels of Giving You can attend any Academy on site, via individual live streaming, or…
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Subscribe to Giving Magazine volume 22

Subscribe to Giving Magazine volume 22

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Think about this: every congregation in North America practices stewardship. The question is whether they do so well, or not so well. For various reasons, credible information that informs that question is challenging to find. But for the last several years, Indiana University’s Lake Institute on Faith and Giving has been conducting research about how congregations receive, manage, and spend their financial resources. I encourage you to read their findings at nscep.org. The three aspects of the Lake Institute’s research summarize well the best practices that should shape a congregation’s stewardship ministry, and they all should happen year-round. Receive Generosity grows through a better understanding of the gifts and the givers. Consider how to make the offering moment a time to dedicate yourselves and all you have to the service…
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Faithful Generosity, Practically Speaking

Faithful Generosity, Practically Speaking

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Effective generosity in faith communities is a mix of knowledge and best practice. Ecumenical Stewardship Center events allow you to explore both. Generosity NEXT features cutting-edge topics related to faithful stewardship and generosity in the North American cultural landscape. Our new generosity365 Academies explore best practices through keynote speakers and workshops. generosity365 Academies are 1+day, fast-paced events that inspire, engage, and inform steward leaders from congregations, judicatories, and denominations as they practice faithful generosity. In less than a year, your congregation and its leaders can benefit from 12 workshops with practical ideas and applications for all church leaders: Leadership, Money, and the Church Engaging New Stewards The Offering as Worship New Channels for Giving Engaging Younger Stewards Financial Transparency & Accountability Creating a Narrative Budget Stewardship Teams Year-Round Stewardship Annual…
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Maybe It’s More than a Wedding Text

Maybe It’s More than a Wedding Text

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The thirteenth chapter of 1 Corinthians is most often associated with weddings, not with stewardship. But could there be a generosity message here also? While a traditional definition of stewardship is time, talent, and treasure, some thought leaders are encouraging adding temperament to this list. Generosity is indeed a matter of the heart and attitude. A good steward has a faithful, hopeful, and loving heart. Faithfulness—not size, status, wealth, or heritage—is God’s measurement for Christians and congregations. All of Christ’s disciples and all of Christ’s congregations are called to be faithful to God’s mission and purpose. Generosity is a faithful act of discipleship, wrapped in trust in God and God’s purposes, whether we see them clearly or in a mirror dimly. Hopefulness is a basic Christian characteristic. Despair and hopelessness…
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Upcoming Author Chat: Chick Lane

Upcoming Author Chat: Chick Lane

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This Tuesday, January 21, Rev. Chick Lane will be presenting an Author Chat on his new book, Reflections on Faith and Finances, which is a guide to accompany Chick’s popular stewardship book Ask, Thank, Tell: Improving Stewardship Ministry in Your Congregation, Reflections on Faith and Finances which provides individuals and congregations with conversation and study tools to discover how the biblical message of stewardship intersects with life today. You can register for the Author Chat with Rev. Chick Lane to be held at 2:30 pm Eastern time (1:30 pm Central time, 12:30 pm Mountain time, 11:30 am Pacific time).
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