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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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November 2019 Newsletter

November 2019 Newsletter

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Generosity NEXT Registration Ends November 15 Spirited Generosity: Offering Vitality in the 21st Century is the topic for Generosity NEXT 2019, November 20-21, 2019. 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 about the offering as an act of worship, discipleship, and mission. Robert Hay Jr., Senior Ministry Relations…
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October 2019 Newsletter

October 2019 Newsletter

Author Chat, Newsletter
Learn Vital Practices for Church Giving at Generosity NEXT Spirited Generosity: Offering Vitality in the 21st Century is the topic for Generosity NEXT 2019, November 20-21, 2019. 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 about the offering as an act of worship, discipleship, and mission. Robert Hay Jr.,…
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Stewardship Leaders: Get Out of Your Bubble!

Stewardship Leaders: Get Out of Your Bubble!

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It is easy—and perhaps inescapable—for a Christian leader to become encased in a bubble of loneliness. If such leaders explore the Bible, they will find themselves in good company. For leaders with responsibilities related to stewardship ministry, the loneliness can feel even more acute. Sometimes this loneliness is very real: at other times, imagined. Cultures of secrecy and scarcity related to money create barriers to encouraging generosity. Fears about lack of financial knowledge and understanding of stewardship as a spiritual discipline cause anxiety to bubble up, if you will. In the most recent issue of Giving Magazine, fifteen stewardship thought leaders and practitioners from more than a half-dozen faith traditions provide thoughtful, practical, and inspirational ways to effectively serve as a steward leader. You’ll find advice specifically for clergy and…
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September 2019 News

September 2019 News

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It's Not Too Late to Order Resources for a Fall Stewardship Emphasis Devoted to Generosity, our newest stewardship emphasis theme, includes timelines for a fall and short fall emphasis, and much, much more: Scriptural insights from the Old and New Testaments Outlines, including musical suggestions, for 12 worship services 12 adult studies, 12 youth studies, and 12 children's stories Digital files to produce bulletin inserts, bulletin covers, commitment cards for adults and children, theme-focused letterhead and envelopes, bookmarks, and posters Logo graphics for use in print and electronic publications Get Devoted to Generosity 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 Lutheran Church of the Redeemer…
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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

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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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