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

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

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…
Read More
Giving Beyond the Offering Plate

Giving Beyond the Offering Plate

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

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

Newsletter
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…
Read More
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…
Read More

March News: ESC events are inspiring spaces where transformation happens

Newsletter
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…
Read More
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

Newsletter
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…
Read More
November 2019 Newsletter

November 2019 Newsletter

Newsletter
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…
Read More
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.,…
Read More
September 2019 News

September 2019 News

Newsletter
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…
Read More
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…
Read More