What Does Faithful Generosity Look Like?

What Does Faithful Generosity Look Like?

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If you were asked to name a faithfully generous person, who would you choose? In the congregational realm, your thoughts might lead to a long-time member or attendee. It’s a quiet, humble, gentle soul who displays kindness, gentleness, and hospitality. Many in your faith community think of her or him as a generous financial supporter, but no one really knows for sure because those kinds of recognition don’t happen in churches very often. The truth is, somewhere along the way that faithfully generous person had to take a first step into their calling. They may have been motivated to take that step because of the generosity expressed in the lives of their parents or a respected church member. They may have been inspired by biblical illustrations or sermons or stories…
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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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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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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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Measuring Your Generosity? Look No Further Than Your Relationships

Measuring Your Generosity? Look No Further Than Your Relationships

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Measuring generosity is a complex matter for many North Americans. However, no generosity audit is complete without giving attention to relationships. Biblical texts speak plainly about how generosity should be built on healthy, caring relationships, including one of the most well-known: “If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body so that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing” (1 Cor. 13:3, NRSV). Here are some relationships to consider. With Creation The vast complexity, variety, and beauty of creation is the measure of God’s generosity to us. The Rev. Canon Carla Valentine Pryne describes our Creator as a generous God who can “make a forest out of a few seeds, a planet out of breath and song.” As a daily recipient…
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Devoted to Generosity

Devoted to Generosity

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You want year-round stewardship resources. You’ll find them in Devoted to Generosity. Based on the story of Tabitha in Acts 9:36-42, the Devoted to Generosity year-round stewardship resource has everything a congregation needs for an annual stewardship focus. Guidelines are included for spring, fall, and year-round emphases that are user friendly for any size congregation. Theologians, educators, and practitioners from a variety of Christian faith traditions have contributed more than 200 pages of materials with a focus on holistic stewardship: a whole-life response to the abundant generosity of God. Devoted to Generosity includes materials for worship and study: one for each month of the year based on scriptures from the Revised Common Lectionary Year C. Adult studies, youth studies, and children’s stories provide a stewardship focus for every generation. Here’s what you’ll find in Devoted…
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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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