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Attend the Generosity NEXT Seminar: Spirited Generosity – Offering Vitality in the 21st Century

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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 about the offering as an act of worship, discipleship, and mission.
  • Robert Hay, Jr., Senior Ministry Relations Officer, Southeast for the Presbyterian Foundation, will give a presentation about the cultural influences on the offering including technology, generational differences, and the place of church in society.
  • Stewardship and fundraising consultant Lori Guenther Reesor will share a presentation on best practices for the offering and how to make the offering a meaningful moment when faith communities gather.

Participate in Generosity NEXT onsite in Atlanta, via live streaming, or at a Live Streaming Site. Congregations and organizations have the opportunity to bring Generosity NEXT home by becoming a host site.
Early bird registration for on-site participation is $229.00 and includes continental breakfast on November 20 and 21 and lunch on November 20. Live streaming early bird registration is $99.00. Early bird registration ends August 31, 2019: online registration ends November 15.Learn More and Register.

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