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May News: Latest Giving Magazine Looks at Faithful Generosity, More

May News: Latest Giving Magazine Looks at Faithful Generosity, More

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Latest Issue of Giving Magazine Looks at Faithful Generosity As an accompaniment to the Faithful, Hopeful, Loving stewardship resource, the latest issue of Giving Magazine focuses on faithful generosity. Stewardship thought leaders and practitioners from across the Christian community share educational, practical, and inspirational articles to grow faithfully generous givers. Subscribe Blog Post: 7 Ways to Transition Your Church Giving Moment & 6 Things You Should Do When You Use Them In the next few months, your church may transition back to in-person gatherings. During this social-distancing hiatus, you may have added new ways to worship and give. Now is the time to think about how you carry those new ways back to your worship space. Read More Resource Review: Six Weeks On Money Six Weeks on Money is a digital…
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7 Ways to Transition Your Church Giving Moment & 6 Things You Should Do When You Use Them

7 Ways to Transition Your Church Giving Moment & 6 Things You Should Do When You Use Them

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In the next few months, your church may transition back to in-person gatherings. During this social-distancing hiatus, you may have added new ways to worship and give. Now is the time to think about how you carry those new ways back to your in-person worship. Every church is different. Not all of these transitions will apply to you. But every church can and should consider what lessons they have learned and what practices will serve them best as we move to the next stage of this global pandemic. Follow legal, ethical, safety, and spiritual guidance when considering whether or not to resume in-person worship. Faithful generosity includes care and respect for one another. Consider your attendee and your community demographics. If you do re-open, make sure you are doing all…
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Six Weeks on Money

Congregations, Giving, Resource Review, Workbook
In the field of stewardship education, a growing number of resources are being written and disseminated. This is a good thing. Enter Six Weeks on Money, a resource for individual or group use developed by Tim Schuster, most recently a Strategic Development Consultant for Thrivent Financial. He describes his program as a financial education program. This online resource is perhaps better described as an experience designed to help folks dig deeper into their personal money stories: how they relate to their personal financial resources. The six topics—Values, Scarcity, Agility, Integrity, Options, and Giving—are organized a bit differently from other popular financial stewardship courses, but contain all the vital components of an effective financial stewardship plan. Biblical truths serve as a foundation for all content, but the principles included are spiritual,…
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The Shepherd’s Guide through the Valley of Debt and Financial Change

The Shepherd’s Guide through the Valley of Debt and Financial Change

Leadership, Resource Review
By Flora Williams This volume, which does seem as long and big as its title, is a reference book. It deals with almost any financial question that a pastor or other counselor might meet in dealing with a parishioner or client. The author—a retired Purdue University professor, counselor, and Church of the Brethren pastor—has observed that many—perhaps most—pastors are not equipped, and do not feel equipped, to deal with financial issues when counseling. (A recent Pew Research Center survey indicates many parishioners agree). Flora Williams wants to change that. I see two reasons why some pastors might raise questions about this book. First, Williams is theologically conservative, and some paragraphs are close to preaching. Some pastors prefer to keep their theology and their financial counseling separate. But this should not…
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April News: generosity365 Academy New Workshops, Fees Waived & More

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

Former Newsletters, Newsletter
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 & 6 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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