Leadership Council of Faith-Based Foundations & Development Offices

Ecumenical Stewardship Center Forum Groups provide those engaged in similar stewardship-related vocations gathering places for networking, support, and learning. The Leadership Council of Faith-Based Foundations & Development Offices Forum Group includes individuals involved in foundation management, development, gift planning, and estate planning. While the Ecumenical Stewardship Center facilitates the gathering, the agenda is set by the participants. ESC Forum Group participants consider the current trends, best practices, challenges, and opportunities unique to serving faith-based organizations.

The next Forum Gathering will be December 11-12, 2017 at the United Methodist Church Development Center, 1 Music Circle North, Nashville, Tennessee. The United Methodist Church Development Center is located approximately 20 minutes from the Nashville International Airport. The Forum will begin at 2:00 p.m. Central time on December 11 and conclude at 3:00 p.m. on December 12. View and/or download a schedule

James R. Smith, President of the Cooperative Baptist Foundation, will lead participants in exploring the topic Financial Health For Congregations in Today’s Giving Environment. The presentation will take a brief look at today’s giving environment and briefly explore a tool for analysis of congregational giving. A discussion will follow on the promotion and development of Legacy Funds or a General Church Endowment as an essential action for congregations seeking financial health.  The presentation will provide practical considerations and illustrations of promoting, developing and launching Legacy Giving, establishing a General Church Endowment and effectively managing Memorial Funds (A New Direction for Memorial Funds).

There is no registration fee for the Forum: attendees are responsible for their transportation, lodging, and meal expenses.A block of rooms has been reserved at the Embassy Suites Nashville at Vanderbilt, approximately 1/2 mile from the United Methodist Development Center. 

The United Methodist Church Development Center is facilitating Forum registrations and reservations at the Embassy Suites. Please use this link to register and make your reservation at the Embassy Suites. Please register and make your reservation as soon as possible to guarantee you will receive a room at the Embassy Suites at the Forum Gathering rate.