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Generosity NEXT features plenary speakers who are thought leaders on cutting-edge topics related to faithful stewardship and generosity in the North American cultural landscape. Generosity NEXT includes significant opportunities to engage with the plenary speakers and other attendees in small groups.


Spirited Generosity: Offering Vitality in the 21st Century

Spirited Generosity: Offering Vitality in the 21st Century is the topic for Generosity NEXT 2019, November 20-21, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. Receiving offerings has been an ongoing part of the church’s story, beginning with the earliest scripture texts. Spirited Generosity: Offering Vitality in the 21st Century 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.

Plenary Speakers and Topics

Dr. L. Edward Phillips


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.


Robert Hay


Robert Hay, Jr., Senior Ministry Relations Officer, Southeast for the Presbyterian Foundation, will give a presentation about cultural influences on the offering including technology, generational differences, and the current place of church in society.

Melvin Amerson


Melvin Amerson, Stewardship Consultant for the Texas Methodist Foundation, will give a presentation about the offering as an act of worship, discipleship, and mission.


Lori Guenther Reesor


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.



Generosity NEXT participants will have ample opportunities for conversation with the plenary speaker and small groups.


Generosity NEXT will take place at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 731 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, Georgia. The church is located approximately 30 minutes from the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and .3 miles from the North Avenue MARTA (Atlanta mass transit/train) Station. MARTA can be accessed at the airport. The regular MARTA fare is $2.50 for a one-way trip. You can pay exact cash, but only on buses. Otherwise, the fare must be added to a reloadable Breeze Card ($2) or a $1 disposable paper ticket. You can purchase the fare card or ticket, along with fare, at all MARTA rail stations or online.

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Generosity NEXT will begin with registration and continental breakfast at 8:00 am on Wednesday, November 20 and conclude on Thursday, November 21 at 12:15 pm.

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Generosity NEXT offers four participation opportunities:

  1. On-Site
    On-Site participation at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Atlanta includes continental breakfast on November 20-21 and lunch on November 20.
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  2. Live Streaming Site
    Churches and organizations may apply to be a Generosity NEXT Live Streaming Site and provide access to Generosity NEXT at their location.
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  3. Attend at a Live Streaming Site
    Persons may attend in person at a Live Streaming Site. Registration fees are at the discretion of the site.
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  4. Individual Live Streaming
    Individuals may attend via live streaming.
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