Generosity NOW Workshops

Generosity NOW offers three workshop tracks. You may attend any workshop in any track.

Faithful Stewardship Track

The Faithful Stewardship track includes a look at the intersection of stewardship and philanthropy, and principles and practices that will increase your understanding of faithful and generous stewardship. These workshops also will give you an introduction to the Steward Leaders Engaging God’s Mission online course series offered by the Ecumenical Stewardship Center.

The Intersection of Stewardship and Philanthropy

This workshop will explore how stewardship and philanthropy are very different, complement each other well, and are much stronger together than apart.

Charles R. Lane, Workshop Leader

Charles Lane is Pastor for Stewardship and Generosity at the Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Maple Grove, Minnesota. He formerly served as the Director of the Center for Stewardship Leaders at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is the author of Ask, Thank, Tell: Improving Stewardship Ministry in Your Congregation and co-Author of Embracing Stewardship: How to put stewardship at the heart of your congregation’s life.

Stewardship and the Biblical Witness

Participants will come away with a deep appreciation for the holistic nature of stewardship within the canon of scripture.  Pastors will have seeds for sermons, lay persons will have talking points for education and inspiration, all will leave challenged and encouraged about the work of generosity.

Bruce Barkhauer, Workshop Leader

Bruce A. Barkhauer is the Minister for Faith and Giving for Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). In this role, he engages the whole church in conversations about generosity and offered transformative ways for congregations to think about stewardship.  His ministry includes teaching in seminaries, producing web-based resources, leading workshops and retreats, itinerate preaching, consulting, writing for publication, and mentoring pastors and lay persons around the topic of personal and congregational financial wellness.He is the author of numerous articles, and most recently a book of devotions created for congregations to be utilized during financial campaigns entitled Community of Prayer (Chalice Press).

Theological Principles of Stewardship

We will explore the basic theological principles upon which most Christian Churches base their stewardship practices. We live in a world of hyper-change and the church is not immune to the changes both around us and within the church over the past several years. How do these changes (or shifts) impact how we understand and express the theological principles that guide us in our discipleship and stewardship?

Scott Jacob, Workshop Leader

Scott Jacob has served as pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America for 34 years. He also has served as an Assistant to the Bishop in Northeastern Minnesota and during that time also served as a Stewardship Specialist and Director for Evangelical Mission. He is currently pastor of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Two Harbors, Minnesota, and a Program Director with The James Company, consulting with congregations in capital campaigns and stewardship ministry.

Stewardship and Culture: Building Contagious Generosity

This workshop will explore how our culture influences faithful stewardship and generous giving. Topics include achievement, productivity, and rugged individualism;  consumerism: shattering the myth of more; technology, selfies and the market of one; and the church as counter-culture: building a culture of generosity.

Betsy Schwarzentraub, Workshop Leader

Betsy Schwarzentraub is author and consultant for Generous Stewards. She is the former Director of Stewardship for the United Methodist General Board of Discipleship and the California-Nevada United Methodist Foundation. She is the author of two books: Afire With God: Becoming Spirited Stewards, and the 2012-2016 United Methodist Guidelines book, Stewardship: Nurturing Generous Living.

Holistic Stewardship More information coming soon!
Relational Stewardship More information coming soon!
 

Leadership Track

The Leadership Track includes several strategy-based workshops. They will help you create and strengthen a culture of generosity in your congregation, judicatory, denomination, or organization.

Cold Fusion: Asset-Based Approaches to Stewardship

This workshop offers participants a foundational experience in stewardship ministry. Led by Bob Sitze, among the first stewardship leaders to apply this element of community organizing practice to congregational life, the workshop contrasts needs-based attitudes with asset-based thinking, a practical philosophy for congregational vitality. Participants will engage in an introduction to asset mapping and take home several tools for congregational use.

Bob Sitze, Workshop Leader

Writer and congregational consultant Bob Sitze brings over forty years of congregational and denominational stewardship ministry to his workshop. He has helped develop programs and resources for fund-raising, hunger education, children’s ministry and Hispanic congregations. His most recent book, Stewardshift: An Economia for Congregational Change, was published by Morehouse Publishing in 2016. Sitze lives and works in Wheaton, Illinois.

Creating a Generous Congregation

There is an alternative to non-stop fundraising, convincing people to give more – or simply cutting the budget. Instead, you can focus on cultivating generosity in yourself, your people and your congregation. In this workshop, you will learn how you can:
• go beyond the annual giving program to cultivate generosity year round
• minister to your people by helping them become more generous;
• concentrate on the long-term mission focus of your church, and the strategic persistence needed to gain generous financial support for those goals;
• focus on yourself and your own leadership rather than simply trying harder to make others become more generous.

Margaret Marcuson, Workshop Leader

As principal of the Marcuson Leadership Circle, Margaret Marcuson helps clergy and churches energize their ministry and fund their vision. She speaks and writes on leadership and church finance, and works with church leaders as a consultant and coach. Margaret is the author of Leaders who Last: Sustaining Yourself and Your Ministry and Money and Your Ministry. An American Baptist minister, Margaret was the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Gardner, Massachusetts, for 13 years. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

Building a Year-round Stewardship Plan

This workshop outlines the key elements of a comprehensive, year-round approach to financial stewardship and how to develop a stewardship calendar that will keep generosity before the congregation in a variety of ways over the course of a year.

Ann Michel, Workshop Leader

Ann Michel is Associate Director of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership. She also serves as an adjunct member of the faculty of Wesley Theological Seminary, supporting the Lewis Center’s curricular offerings as a lecturer in church leadership. Dr. Michel spent many years on the senior staff of Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, most recently as director of mission and outreach. She has experience in a wide range of ministries, including evangelism, communications, adult education, stewardship, women’s programs, homeless ministries, and world service.

Preaching Good Stewardship and Great Generosity

How can we best demystify the practices of preaching stewardship and generosity in local congregations?  Rev. Dr. Smith will give an overview of his book, Propel, in a way that inspires and informs church leaders to step forward and provide renewed preaching and teaching leadership of generosity. He will share personal anecdotes and proven techniques that will give leaders of all sizes churches the tools to right-size ministries of giving and generosity for their own contexts. Clayton’s message will prove to be a valuable guide for every church leader, clergy or lay, who sees generosity as an inescapable and vital element of teaching and preaching Christian discipleship.

Clayton Smith, Workshop Leader

Clayton Smith is the Executive Pastor of Generosity at The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas. He gives oversight and support to Resurrection’s giving campaigns for the annual operating budget, capital building funds, special strategic and mission gifts, memorial giving, and planned gifts for the Resurrection Foundation. Clayton also gives direction to Resurrection’s Crossroads Initiative: Navigating the Second Half of Your Life, Pre-Retirement Seminars, Estate Planning Workshops, and Women’s Planned Giving Events.

Creating Financial Wellness: The Pastor and Personal Finance

Participants will learn 10 simple economic rules for managing money as well as how to create and live within a household budget.  Lower anxiety and a practical approach are the desired outcomes.
 

Bruce Barkhauer, Workshop Leader

Bruce A. Barkhauer is the Minister for Faith and Giving for Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). In this role, he engages the whole church in conversations about generosity and offered transformative ways for congregations to think about stewardship. His ministry includes teaching in seminaries, producing web-based resources, leading workshops and retreats, itinerate preaching, consulting, writing for publication, and mentoring pastors and lay persons around the topic of personal and congregational financial wellness.He is the author of numerous articles, and most recently a book of devotions created for congregations to be utilized during financial campaigns entitled Community of Prayer (Chalice Press).

Generosity & Witness: One Church’s Story

This workshop will expose participants to key principles and learnings that shaped a community’s theology and practice marked by a dynamic interaction between the inner and outer journeys, and the key role of commitment as expressed through expenditures of time, talent, and treasure.  The Church of the Saviour in Washington, DC was founded as a single congregation in 1947 and is now a network of eight independent, ecumenical Christian faith communities. Never more than 150 members, the community birthed more than 70 outward missions with current total annual operating budgets of more than $25M and real estate holdings worth more than $150M.

Mike Little, Workshop Leader

Mike Little leads the inward and outward work of Faith and Money Network as director. Within the network, Mike fosters relationships with individuals and churches, leading reflections and discussions on the role of money in our lives as people of faith and in our work as the community of faith. Mike is a pastor at Bread of Life Church, one of the eight communities of the Church of the Saviour in Washington, DC.

 

Generous Giving Track

The Generous Giving Track explores numerous ways to provide opportunities for generosity. These workshops include best practices and practical ideas.

Growing Givers’ Hearts: Treating Fundraising as Ministry

For many newcomers to leadership within faith-based settings, asking for money can seem a necessary evil – an unpleasant task that must be done to support the real work to which God has called the organization. And that is unfortunate because, as you will discover through this workshop, fundraising is an essential and spiritually rich aspect of your organization’s overall ministry. Come prepared to learn how you can grow givers’ hearts (and your own as well) as you raise essential resources.

Rebekah Basinger, Workshop Leader

Rebekah Basinger is an independent consultant for fundraising and board development, working primarily with theological schools and other faith-based nonprofits. She is also the co-author with Thomas Jeavons of Growing Givers’ Hearts: Treating Fundraising as Ministry, a theme she continues to explore through her blog, Generous Matters.

Narrative Budgets: Finding & Telling Your Church’s Mission Story

If budgets with columns of numbers were enough to encourage giving, church coffers would be flush. Narrative budgets connect congregants’ giving with stories of how God is working in your congregation. It builds trust. A practical session with questions and interruptions encouraged!

Lori Guenther Reesor, Workshop Leader

Lori Guenther Reesor is a fundraising consultant who focuses on joyful fundraising for churches and charities, as the holy and joyful task of telling people about the garden and inviting them to water it. She has been a pastor, fundraiser, donor, donor researcher and theologian.  Her MTS and DMin degrees focused on fundraising and theology, in particular researching how and why Christians give money to charity.

Celebrating the Offering and Giving Beyond the Offering Plate

This workshop is designed for pastors, persons responsible for raising resources for ministry, and worship leaders who want to rekindle the offertory time during worship and cultivate a culture of generosity through celebrating the offering and embracing e-giving options. Ideas will be shared to create an atmosphere of celebration and extravagant generosity during the offering and beyond.

Melvin Amerson, Workshop Leader

Melvin Amerson is Resource Specialist at the Texas Methodist Foundation and an elder in the United Methodist Church. He has written three books and several articles in the area of stewardship with applications in urban, suburban, and cross-cultural settings.

Capital Campaigns

This workshop will focus on the fundamentals and basics for congregations as they consider doing a Capital Campaign to meet their needs.  Capital Campaigns are an important tool when a church is building a first or new facility, adding on to an existing building, reducing debt or entering into a new ministry project that needs major funding.  We will explore the various options for conducting an appeal, the process of selecting a Capital Campaign Consultant, the various services offered by denominations and what a congregation needs to consider if they choose to do a Campaign with their own resources. We will also explore the critical questions congregational leaders need to wrestle with when the need for a Capital Campaign arises.

Scott Jacob, Workshop Leader

Scott Jacob has served as pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America for 34 years. He also has served as an Assistant to the Bishop in Northeastern Minnesota and during that time also served as a Stewardship Specialist and Director for Evangelical Mission. He is currently pastor of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Two Harbors, Minnesota, and a Program Director with The James Company, consulting with congregations in capital campaigns and stewardship ministry.

Crowdfunding for Congregations & Non-Profits: What Works, What Doesn’t

This session will consider the potential and pitfalls of crowdfunding for congregations, faith-related organizations, and non-profits. Operating with the notion that crowdfunding is not simply a new means of receiving gifts, but a unique way to build shared vision with your donors, the workshop will empower you to crowdfund effectively. The session will reference the spectrum of online giving to consider how crowdfunding plays a distinct role from other types of digital giving. The presentation will include best practices, sharing of original crowdfunding research and analysis of successful campaigns.

Adam Copeland, Workshop Leader

Adam Copeland serves as Director of Stewardship Leadership at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he teaches as well as directs the Center for Stewardship Leaders. He is pursuing a Ph.D. in rhetoric at North Dakota State University, where his dissertation analyzes how congregations and nonprofits use crowdfunding. Copeland’s articles have appeared in Journal for Preachers; Hybrid Pedagogy; Word and World and he has written cover stories on stewardship for The Christian Century and The Lutheran. His next book, Beyond the Offering Plate: A Holistic Approach to Stewardship, will be published by Westminster John Knox Press in 2017. Find him online at http://adamjcopeland.com or follow his tweets @ajc123.

Developing a Thank You System

Generosity is closely linked to gratitude, yet churches are often less deliberate than other non-profits when it comes to thanking financial contributors. This workshop considers how your church can reinforce a culture of gratitude with a thank you system that acknowledges giving in prompt and personal ways.

Ann Michel, Workshop Leader

Ann Michel is Associate Director of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership. She also serves as an adjunct member of the faculty of Wesley Theological Seminary, supporting the Lewis Center’s curricular offerings as a lecturer in church leadership. Dr. Michel spent many years on the senior staff of Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, most recently as director of mission and outreach. She has experience in a wide range of ministries, including evangelism, communications, adult education, stewardship, women’s programs, homeless ministries, and world service.

Legacy Giving

Why is Legacy Giving important for your church? The average church family holds only a small percentage of net worth in current income: the majority is in accumulated assets. During this workshop, you'll discover the benefits of Legacy or Planned Giving for your church and how to recognize untapped gift potential. You'll learn about new creative ways for your members to give. We'll discuss steps for getting started and share stories of other churches. Legacy Giving is an essential aspect of holistic stewardship in your church.

Karen Layland, Workshop Leader

Karen directs the communications and stewardship education endeavors of Barnabas Foundation, an organization that advances God's kingdom by providing quality Planned Giving and Estate Planning services for Christian Ministries and churches. Barnabas Foundation serves as a resource center for stewardship education for pastors and church leaders offering resources. quarterly church webinars, church development programs and an extensive church-related website at www.barnabasfoundation.com. Prior to her current position, Karen served as VP Marketing for Bible League International. Her professional background includes marketing communications positions with Faith Alive Christian Resources, ABC Radio, Knapp Communications, and marketing consulting with Fortune 500 companies. Karen's commitment to Christian communications includes work with Presbyterian, Reformed Church in America and the Christian Reformed Church denominations.

 

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