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 Giving
  • Legacy Giving
  • Major Gifts

The first Academy will take place April 24-25, 2020 in St. Louis, Missouri. Other Academies will follow in early October 2020 and mid-February 2021. Can’t join us in person? No worries. There are live streaming options for individuals and groups.

April Academy leadership includes:

Keynote: “Connecting Mission, Ministry, and Money” presented by Rev. Janet Long, former pastor at the Washington Avenue Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Elyria, Ohio, and current staff member of the Center for Faith and Giving for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

Workshop: “Leadership, Money, and the Church” presented by Mary MacGregor, Canon for Congregational Vitality and Mission Amplification (retired) for The Episcopal Diocese of Texas

Workshop: “Engaging New Stewards” presented by Gretchen Colon, staff for philanthropic strategists Cramer and Associates, Columbus, Ohio

Workshop: “The Offering as Worship” presented by Rev. Dr. Clayton Smith, retired executive pastor of stewardship and generosity for the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, Leawood, Kansas

Workshop: “New Channels of Giving” panel discussion facilitated by Keith Mundy, assistant director for stewardship for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

So, practically speaking, you won’t want to miss the generosity365 Academies. Get lots of fresh ideas and practical ways to help your church thrive as it learns to live generously. April Academy registration for

is now open. Register by February 29, 2020 to get the Early Bird rate.

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