Generosity Transformed 2019

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At the Generosity transformed! your mission * your ministry * your money Conference, in Indianapolis, church and organizational leaders will learn how to energize and revitalize their strategies for faithful generosity by connecting their missions, ministries, and resources. More than a typical workshop-based conference, Generosity Transformed! Conference participants will engage deeply in peer discussion groups and subject-based roundtables to develop practical implementation plans, and leave ready and able to help their churches and organizations thrive through transformative practices of faithful generosity.

Generosity Transformed!’s keynote speakers will provide theological grounding and inspiration. The Rev. Dr. Anthony Bailey is senior pastor at the Parkdale United Church in Ottawa, Ontario. He has provided leadership for the Festival of Homiletics and has academic degrees in social work, theology, philosophy of religion, and ethics and culture. He is a native of Barbados and has served in the mission field in Jamaica and Kenya. Anthony is well-qualified to speak on the connections between mission and faithful generosity.

The Rev. Dr. Ginny Brown Daniel will speak on the connections between ministry and faithful generosity. She is conference minister of the Missouri Mid-South Conference of the United Church of Christ and former pastor of churches in Maryland and Texas. Ginny is an excellent preacher and writer, a trained leader in stewardship and church development, and describes herself as one who loves the local church.

The Rev. Lee Hull Moses, senior minister at the First Christian Church in Greensboro, North Carolina, is the author of More Than Enough: Living Abundantly in a Culture of Excess. Her passion for faithful and responsible consumerism will be just one of the facets of her keynote address connecting money and faithful generosity.

As bishop, The Rt. Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows leads the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis with values of bringing our whole selves to God for sustenance, for inspiration, and for healing. She believes that the world is filled with incredible beauty and unspeakable pain, and that God is deeply in the midst of it all loving us fiercely. Jennifer will give the closing keynote address that will holistically connect the conference themes.

The Lake Institute on Faith & Giving at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy is a premiere partner in the Generosity Transformed! Conference and will be presenting their initial findings and early results of the National Study of Congregations’ Economic Practices (NSCEP). The nationally-representative study of more than 1,000 US congregations from across the theological spectrum is examining their theological, cultural, and practical orientations toward money. Similar studies have not been conducted for decades, so these fresh understandings of how congregations receive, manage, and spend their financial resources will be current, credible benchmarks in the field of congregational giving. Dr. David P. King, director of the Lake Institute and professor at Indiana University, and Melissa Spas, managing director of education and engagement for the Lake Institute, will make the presentations and guide conference participants in strategic conversations to practically apply the insights of the study results. A premiere organization engaged in the advancement of faith-based philanthropy, the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving exists to foster a greater understanding of the ways in which faith inspires and informs giving through research, education, and training.

The Ecumenical Stewardship Center, Lake Institute on Faith & Giving, and five denominations are working together to plan and host the conference: Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Episcopal Church, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and the Presbyterian Church in Canada. They welcome companies and organizations that provide resources to support the vitality of faith communities and their leaders as conference sponsors.

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