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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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How Much Do You Value Generosity?

How Much Do You Value Generosity?

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At the Pathways to Generosity: Signs of Hope Conference, Rev. Dr. James F. Miller set the tone for the event during the opening worship with his sermon, “How Much?” Miller asked the question, "What do you value?", and masterfully served the attendees an inspirational feast full of word-pictures and phrases that illuminated Matthew 13:45-46 in a new light. Instead of envisioning the pearl of great price on display, sitting regally on a tufted cushion, Jim invited us to imagine the original owner of the gem reaching deep down into boggy, dense ground, releasing the pearl of great price from its hiding place. Through the stories, workshops, and plenaries of the conference, values related to faithful generosity were unearthed, examined, and polished. We value generosity when we extend the hand of…
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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

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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

Resources
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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