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Pathways to Generosity Recordings Now Available!

Pathways to Generosity Recordings Now Available!

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The Pathways to Generosity: Signs of Hope Conference helped God's people thrive by digging deeply into faithful generosity and encouraging taking new, bold steps on their generosity paths. But if you missed the conference, don't dismay! Get access for one year to the recordings of the four keynote speakers and opening worship service, featuring: Rev. Dr. Katie Hays, lead evangelist at Galileo Christian Church Rev. Dr. Eric Law, founder and director of Kaleidoscope Institute; author of Holy Currencies and numerous other books Aimee A. Laramore, owner/lead consultant of ALlyd Image Solutions Rev. Pedro Suarez, Bishop of the Florida/Bahamas Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Rev. Dr. James F. Miller, pastor of DuPage African Methodist Episcopal Church and Director of Stewardship for the 4th District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church…
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Church Financial Leadership Grants

Church Financial Leadership Grants

Generosity NEXT
Applications Now Being Accepted for Church Financial Leadership Grants Matching funds available for Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) pastoral leaders seeking continuing education opportunities in church financial vitality and management   JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. – Applications are now being accepted for the Presbyterian Foundation’s Church Financial Leadership Grant program. Applicants must be a pastor, commissioned ruling elder, (CRE), or leader of a 1001 New Worshiping Community within the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The grants will enable pastoral leaders to institute best practices for church financial leadership, introduce them to new models of giving and stewardship, and offer new ways to talk about money and form generous disciples within their church. I received a grant to attend a stewardship event last year and came away with new energy and imagination for a better way of doing…
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Abundance or Sufficiency? A Biblical Vocabulary for Sustainable Stewardship

Abundance or Sufficiency? A Biblical Vocabulary for Sustainable Stewardship

Generosity NEXT
“Abundance or Sufficiency? A Biblical Vocabulary for Sustainable Stewardship” is the topic for Generosity NEXT, November 28-29, 2018 in Tampa, Florida. Cameron Howard, Associate Professor of Old Testament at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, will be the plenary speaker. Cameron B. R. Howard holds the Bachelor of Arts degree from Davidson College, the Master of Theological Studies degree from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, and the Master of Theology degree from Columbia Theological Seminary. She received her Ph.D. from Emory University in 2010. Among her publications are contributions to The New Interpreter’s Bible One-Volume Commentary (Abingdon 2010), the twentieth-anniversary edition of the Women’s Bible Commentary (Westminster John Knox 2012), Connections: A Lectionary Commentary Resource (Westminster John Knox 2018), and the journal Word & World. She has…
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Generosity

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The ultimate result of connecting faith and finances. Learn more through a video from the Free United Methodist Church in Canada and three videos based on John Wesley’s encouragement to Gain/earn all you can, save all you can, and give all you can. Videos Generous Stewardship by the Free Methodist Church in Canada John Wesley video series Gain Save Give
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Generosity and Faith: The Connecting Thread

Generosity and Faith: The Connecting Thread

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By Marcia Shetler Recently the Barna Group and Thrivent Financial partnered to produce a study called The Generosity Gap, which explores attitudes, understandings, and practices related to generosity. Pastors and church attendees from across denominations and generations participated in the study. Ninety-six percent said generosity is important to them, and that Christians should be generous to reflect God’s character by showing love to others, to give back in appreciation for God’s generosity toward us, and to become more like Christ. An attitude and a discipline were the words both groups used the most to describe generosity. These survey participants seem to have a good understanding of what it means to be generous. Some might claim that a generous spirit is part of our nature as God’s creation. In their blog for Spirituality and Practice, Frederic and Mary…
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New Resources Feature Live Courageously Theme

New Resources Feature Live Courageously Theme

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Live Courageously, based on 1 Timothy 6:18-19 and Psalm 31:24, is the theme for new stewardship resources published by the Ecumenical Stewardship Center. Live Courageously is the fourth in a four-year series featuring the 1 Timothy text. Others are Live Free, Live Simply, and Live Generously. Ecumenical Stewardship Center resources provide a creative, comprehensive, and thought-provoking approach to encourage generous giving and faithful stewardship. Now in its twentieth year, the Giving: Growing Joyful Stewards in Your Congregation magazine has become a premier stewardship resource for faith communities throughout the US and Canada. Each issue is packed with resources to support stewardship in the local church. Articles explore the intersection of faith and giving, offer practical information on Christian stewardship for all generations, and critique the newest resources on stewardship. Giving…
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End of Life Stewardship Resources from Everence

End of Life Stewardship Resources from Everence

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Thinking about and intentionally planning for life’s ending journey can also be a time of powerful acts of love and stewardship. Everence’s End-of-Life Curriculum offers ideas about how we can think about this transition from our time in this world. Topics include: The benefits of planning well Tame and wild dying Advance care: plan for a peaceful departure What to do with my body Necessary family conversations Making your wishes known Two new videos called Giving moments of grace have been added to the resources. They illustrate how much a man’s end-of-life planning meant to his family. Everence is a partner with the Ecumenical Stewardship Center, representing Mennonite Church USA.
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Making the Case for Faithful Generosity

Making the Case for Faithful Generosity

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In 1996, the book Money Matters: Personal Giving in American Churches was published. It shared the results of an extensive study of church giving in five diverse denominations. The study found that generous congregations encourage regular, consistent giving supported by prayerful and thoughtful planning. More than two decades later, additional research and practices have supported these findings. In the 2008 book Passing the Plate: Why Christians Don't Give Away More Money, authors Christian Smith and Michael Emerson reached the same conclusion. The Ecumenical Stewardship Center’s Giving magazine volume 14 includes a summary of a study of congregations of the United Church of Canada. The most generous congregations • Were clear about the congregation’s mission; • Communicated a compelling case for giving; • Provided multiple opportunities for people to give; • Were…
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Great Teams Lead to Great Stewardship

Great Teams Lead to Great Stewardship

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“A threefold cord is not quickly broken.” – Eccles. 4:12, NRSV Is finding leaders for your congregational stewardship ministry a joy or a chore? If it’s the latter, perhaps it’s time to take a fresh look at your stewardship ministry team structure. In the Ecumenical Stewardship Center’s Stewardship and Financial Health online course, instructor Bruce Barkhauer suggests that congregations have three teams for stewardship ministry leadership: the Finance Team, the Stewardship Team, and the Legacy Gifts Team. The Stewardship Team The Stewardship Team’s responsibilities focus on Christian stewardship as discipleship, giving as an essential part of our life as Christian stewards, and connecting generosity with the church’s mission and ministry. Activities for the Stewardship Team include educating the church on the many facets of stewardship, overseeing the annual stewardship campaign,…
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Ecumenical Stewardship Center NEWS January 2018

Ecumenical Stewardship Center NEWS January 2018

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Register Today for the Pathways to Generosity Conference Register today to attend the Pathways to Generosity: Signs of Hope Conference April 3-5, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. Participate on-site in Dallas or via live streaming. Don't miss this great conference with four dynamic keynote speakers: Rev. Dr. Katie Hays, Rev. Dr. Eric Law, Amiee Laramore, and Rev. Pedro Suarez, and nearly two dozen workshops. Stewardship Educators Forum Registration Extended to January 15  There's still time to register for the Stewardship Educators Forum Gathering and Stewardship Summit, January 23-25 in Southaven, Mississippi (near Memphis). Join your peers for helpful roundtable discussion at the Forum and paper presentations at the Summit. Join Ann Michel at the next Author Chat Join Rev. Dr. Ann Michel, Associate Director of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership at…
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