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Generosity NEXT and Generosity NOW: Save the Dates

Generosity NEXT 2016

David King and Melissa Spas from the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving will lead discussions on the altered landscape of religious giving, shifting generosity paradigms, growing generosity through discipleship, and more.
November 29 – December 2, 2016
Coral Gables Congregational United Church of Christ
Coral Gables, Florida




Generosity NOW 2017: Stewardship Fusion 2
Lovett Weems and Ann Michel from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership will be our plenary speakers. Learn spiritual principles and best practices for faithful stewardship and generous giving.
April 25-27, 2017
Washington, DC

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Stewardship in Scripture Online Course Begins September 5


With the understanding that stewardship encompasses more than money, students enrolled in the Stewardship in Scripture course gain a rich and diverse understanding of biblical stewardship principles. Topics include theology of abundance, the importance of generosity, stewardship as transformation, stewardship of the Gospel, and more.

Stewardship in Scripture is part of the six-course series of Steward Leaders Engaging God's Mission online courses. The course includes audiographic sessions, readings, and three real-time conference calls. .7 CEUs are available. Rev. Bruce Barkhauer, Minister for Faith and Giving and Director of the Center for Faith and Giving of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is the instructor. Course registration is just $49.95.

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Join Janet & Phil Jamieson at the August Author Chat

ESC Author Chats provide opportunities to interact with thought leaders who have written some of the best books on faithful stewardship and generous giving. Janet and Phil Jamieson, co-authors of Ministry and Money: a Practical Guide for Pastors will be the guest authors for the August Chat on Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern time. Janet and Phil say, "Many pastors receive little training in the financial aspects of ministry, and what they often learn is divorced from a theological context. This book is our effort to help fill that void." There is no charge to participate in the Chats.


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COMPASS Live Chat: Conquering Your Debt: the Overlooked Key to Faith and Finances

Debt stress is the #1 identified financial problem for many families, but few know about the special resources to help get debt-free faster. Debt repayment is one area where "do it yourself" can lead down a dead end; trustworthy help is available.

This webinar will share specific resources for each type of debt, including Debt Management Plans (DMPs) for credit card debt, available at nonprofit certified agencies, and income-based repayment and forgiveness options for student loan debt. Get free of debt faster, while building a good credit score, and avoiding heavily advertised "help scams" such as debt settlement and refinance schemes.

Darryl Dahlheimer, Program Director for LSS Financial Consulting, will lead this Live Chat as part of ESC's COMPASS Initiative. COMPASS engages young adults in conversations about faith and finance with resources that are relational, informational, and practical.

Join us on Wednesday, September 28, 8 p.m. Eastern time for this Live Chat.


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Time to Be Faithful

In a sermon at the 2012 Symposium on Preaching and Stewardship sponsored by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Dr. James Forbes challenged the church with some tough questions. "Can we afford to do right anymore? Do the just thing? Care for those whose mortgages are playing havoc with their sense of well-being? Take care of the hospital programs for children? Make sure that even our justice system is designed for strengthening well-being and reducing violence?"



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