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generosity365 Academy: Growing a Vibrant Church through Faithful Generosity

generosity365 Academies are fast-paced, 1+day events that inspire, engage, and inform steward leaders about best practices for growing faithful and generous stewards. They include worship, a keynote, and 12 informative workshops (4 at each Academy) on essential stewardship topics such as narrative budgeting, fiscal transparency and accountability, engaging new stewards, legacy giving, new channels of giving, and much more. Dates and locations for the Academies are

  • April 24-25, 2020: St. Louis, Missouri
  • October 2-3, 2020: Location TBD
  • February 19-20, 2021: Fullerton, California

The St. Louis Academy features the Rev. Dr. Janet Long, generosity coach for the Disciples’ Center for Faith and Giving, as keynote speaker on “Connecting Mission, Ministry, and Money”. The workshops are

  • “Leading as Steward” by Davey Gerhard, executive director of the Episcopal Network for Stewardship
  • “Cheerful & Creative Sparks: Engaging New Stewards” by Gretchen Colon, senior consultant for Cramer & Associates
  • “Offering Invitations that Ignite the Joy of Generosity” by Rev. Dr. Clayton Smith, retired executive pastor of stewardship & generosity for Church of the Resurrection, Leawood, Kansas
  • “New Channels of Giving” panel discussion moderated by Keith Mundy, assistant director for stewardship for the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America

You can attend any Academy on site, via individual live streaming, or at a host site. All types of participation have the same registration fee.

Registration for the St. Louis Academy is open: register by March 31 before the late registration  rate!

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March 19 Author Chat Features Clayton Smith & Growing Through Disaster

Rev. Dr. Clayton Smith, retired executive pastor of stewardship and generosity at the Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, will share about his latest book Growing Through Disaster: Tools for Financial and Trauma Recovery in Your Faith Community. Communities suffer from many types of traumas and disasters: hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, fires, earthquakes, and other natural or human-made disasters. There are also personal disasters: divorce, death of a spouse, job loss, etc. Growing Through Disaster can assist communities and individuals in recovery from any of these disasters by focusing on gaining and regaining financial strength. Learn how your church can provide hope-filled care in the face of any type of disaster.

Join Clayton on Thursday, March 19, 2:30 pm Eastern time, 1:30 pm Central time, 12:30 pm Mountain time, 11:30 am Pacific time.

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ESC Events: Inspiring Spaces Where Transformation Happens

Sandra* kept hitting the wall, as she says, when she considered the connection between stewardship and philanthropy. Even though she was a long-term pastor, she knew she wasn’t doing the best she could do to help those in her church understand faithful generosity. Then Sandra attended an Ecumenical Stewardship event, with informative workshops, energizing speakers, and the opportunity to connect with others from across the US and Canada who share her passion for stewardship ministry. It was a breakthrough for Sandra, as she made connections between philanthropy— inviting people to give— and stewardship— inviting people to live out their faith in ways that bless those around them.

(*name has been changed.)

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