ESC NEWS January 2017

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ESC NEWS January 2017

Winter Online Courses: Stewardship & Culture, Stewardship & Financial Health

There's still time to register for the Stewardship and Culture: Building Contagious Generosity online course. The Rev. Dr. Betsy Schwarzentraub is the instructor. Late registration closes January 9.

The Stewardship and Culture: Building Contagious Generosity course explores how our culture influences faithful stewardship and generous giving. In this course, you will learn how to frame insightful critical questions about consumerism, embrace God's vision of sufficiency, recognize the additional impact of technology on consumerism, and begin to create a Generosity Plan for your congregation.

The Stewardship & Financial Health online course begins February 13. Rev. Bruce Barkhauer is the instructor. In this course, you will learn ten economic principles to guide you in building the capacity for generosity, how to construct a household budget, and examine your relationship with money, gain a biblical foundation for why personal finance matters in the life of an individual (or family system), and acquire tools that will lower anxiety and increase the capacity for generosity.

Both courses are part of the six-course Steward Leaders Engaging God's Mission series co-sponsored by the Ecumenical Stewardship Center and They include audiographic sessions, readings, and real-time conference calls. CEUs are available. The registration fee is just $49.95. Register for one or both courses today!

Learn more or register for the Stewardship & Culture Course

Learn more or register for the Stewardship & Financial Health Course

View all Steward Leaders Engaging God's Mission Courses


Generosity NOW Plenaries: Leadership Essentials for Congregational Stewardship; Generosity and the Economy of God      

April 25-27, 2017
Calvary Baptist Church
Washington, DC

Generosity NOW, formerly the North American Conference on Christian Philanthropy, has been a premiere Ecumenical Stewardship Center event for decades. Laypersons, pastors, and judicatory and denominational staff who attend Generosity NOW increase their knowledge about spiritual principles and best practices relating to faithful stewardship and generous giving through plenary sessions, workshops, and worship.

Generosity NOW plenary speakers will be Dr. Lovett H. Weems, Jr., and Dr. Ann A. Michel from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership at Wesley Theological Seminary. Their plenary presentations will be "Leadership Essentials for Congregational Stewardship" and "Generosity and the Economy of God", respectively.

Mark your calendars now: online registration opens later this month.

View the ESC Stewardship Network Calendar

COMPASS Live Chat: Keeping Your College Education Affordable from Beginning to End

Planning for college can seem like a maze, and many young people and families struggle to understand all the choices. During college, there are many pressures to overspend, with access to debt and new forms of peer pressures. After college, many graduates struggle with how to repay the large student loan debt come due – in fact, the average loan debt exceeds $30,000 now, and over 30% of borrowers are 90 days delinquent on their repayment. Whether someone in your family is planning for college, in college, or a graduate with debt, there are good resources to help. This Chat will share tools to help navigate choosing which college, budgeting to keep living costs low while in school, and best options to repay student loan debt after graduation. Getting a degree can be a great start to adult life – we'll share tips to get a degree without getting a debt load.

Darryl Dahlheimer, Program Director for LSS Financial Counseling will be our guest for this Chat on:

Monday, January 23
8:00 p.m. Eastern time
7:00 p.m. Central time
6:00 p.m. Mountain time
5:00 p.m. Pacific time

Now there's no need to pre-register! Just click on the link below on January 23 to join the Chat.

Visit the COMPASS Live Chat Library

January Author Chat Features Rebekah Burch Basinger

Well-known author, speaker and consultant Rebekah Burch Basinger has helped numerous faith-based nonprofits and their boards to fulfill their missions with economic vitality. She has held administrative positions at three Christian colleges, directed a grant-funded project for the Coalition of Christian Colleges (now Council for Christian Colleges and Universities), and worked with the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania as the Director of the Foundation for Independent Colleges of Pennsylvania. She is co-author with Dr. Thomas Jeavons of the book, Growing Givers' Hearts: Treating Fundraising as Ministry, and looks forward to chatting with you about helping faith-based nonprofits (including churches) prosper as givers' hearts grow in faith.

Join us on:
Tuesday, January 24
2:00 p.m. Eastern time
1:00 p.m. Central time
Noon Mountain time
11:00 a.m. Pacific time

Now there's no need to pre-register! Just click on this link to join the chat:

Visit the Author Chat Library

Grow Your Ministry with help from an ESC Capital Campaign Network Consultant

Through its Capital Campaign Network, the Ecumenical Stewardship Center offers professional and cost-effective capital campaign services to congregations and other religious groups as part of its mission and ministry of providing a variety of stewardship resources. Because of their involvement and association with congregations, judicatories, and denominations, ESC Network consultants have the unique advantage of understanding the denominational culture of a congregation. Learn more or contact us to schedule a preliminary conversation.





Tell Your Faith Story

Consider how a first and perhaps negative impression of another person changes when you learn more about that person and his or her circumstances. Consider how hearing your faith story modifies a person’s impression of you as well.

Stories help us become acquainted with others and then to deepen our relationships with them. When people withhold their stories from each other, their relationships remain formal and relatively cold. Imagine growing together as a congregation when faith stories are shared.

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