September News: 3 Ways to Learn More About Faithful Generosity This Fall

September News: 3 Ways to Learn More About Faithful Generosity This Fall

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generosity365 Academy generosity365 Academies are virtual events that focus on essential topics to help churches and their leaders create a culture of faithful generosity.  The theme for the October 2020 Academy is “People-Focused Stewardship.” Participants will hear from: Catherine Malotky, Grant and Project Manager for the Center for Stewardship Leaders at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, on “Donor-Focused Stewardship”; Gretchen Colon, Senior Consultant at Cramer & Associates in Columbus, Ohio, on “Cheerful & Creative Sparks – Engaging New Stewards”; Tom Berlin, Lead Pastor at the Floris United Methodist Church in Herndon, Virginia, on “Voices of Stewardship”. The 3.5-hour Academy will take place on Saturday, October 10, at 1:00 p.m. Eastern time. The registration fee is $29.99. Registration closes on Thursday, October 8. Learn More & Register Generosity NEXT 2020:…
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July News: generosity365 Academy EXTRA on August 1, More

July News: generosity365 Academy EXTRA on August 1, More

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generosity365 Academy Extra generosity365 Academies focus on essential topics that help churches and their leaders create a culture of faithful generosity. The generosity365 Academy EXTRA on Saturday, August 1 will consider current issues impacting the church and how they inform best practices related to faithful generosity. “Faithful Generosity: Moving Forward” will include presentations on new ideas for stewardship, resourcing, and engagement. Participants will hear from: Joe Park, CEO of Horizons Stewardship and Lisa Greenwood, Vice President for Leadership Ministries for the Texas Methodist Foundation and Executive Director of the National Association of United Methodist Foundations; Sidney Williams, CEO of Crossing Capital Group, Pastor of the Bethel AME Church in Morristown, New Jersey, and author of Fishing Differently: Ministry Formation in the Marketplace; Meredith McNabb, Associate Director for Educational Programming for…
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June News: Spirited Generosity Resource for Virtual or In-Person Study, More

June News: Spirited Generosity Resource for Virtual or In-Person Study, More

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Spirited Generosity Spirited Generosity explores the history and theology of the offering, its spiritual significance, and best practices for the offering in 21st-century culture. View the videos and selected clips and use the study guides for a virtual or in-person four-week study. Learn More What Does Faithful Generosity Look Like? What does faithful generosity look like in this season of uncertainty and anxiety? In some aspects, it looks like it always has: first steps and lasting commitment to the journey are essential. Now, we need to emphasize the faith of longtime faithful generosity: continuing to be generous even when all that we have learned and known feels like it has been turned upside down. We also need to encourage those important first steps in creative ways that we never considered…
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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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April News: generosity365 Academy New Workshops, Fees Waived & More

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

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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

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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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