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In the gospel story of the loaves and fishes, a simple meal in an unsophisticated setting becomes a bountiful feast: not because of elaborate preparations or an extensive menu, but because of the power of God and the faith of the participants. No matter how you interpret the story, generous giving, faithful stewardship, and trust in God are the elements we find at this extensive table. The 2013 North American Conference on Christian Philanthropy (NACCP) will explore how faith communities can Set the Table for a Generous Culture in the context in which we find ourselves today.
The North American Conference on Christian Philanthropy, sponsored by the Ecumenical Stewardship Center, will take place February 5-7, 2013, in Orlando, Florida. NACCP provides a quality educational opportunity for those engaged in stewardship ministry, including laypersons, pastors, and professional staff. NACCP combines worship, plenary sessions, and workshops focusing on generous and faithful stewardship for a meaningful, insightful, and inspiring experience. Attendees gain theological and spiritual insight and receive practical information on enhancing and enriching individual and community understandings of stewardship and philanthropy. NACCP includes an emphasis upon gift planning both for those new to the field and long-term practitioners.
Dr. Bill Enright, Director of the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving at the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy, will be the NACCP plenary speaker. The Lake Institute exists to explore the relationship between faith and giving in various religious traditions and offers programs and seminars focused on faith-based giving across all religions such as Creating Congregational Cultures of Generosity, Spiritual Values and Philanthropic Discernment, and Faith and Fundraising.
Dr. Enright's Plenary Addresses are titled "A Culture of Generosity: More than Money" and "Generosity Begins with Hospitality". They will explore the transformative, cultural change needed for congregational giving and stewardship to flourish, and the importance of a welcoming focus on the giver in respect to generosity & relationships.
Mr. Harris Rosen, President & COO of Rosen Hotels & Resorts, will speak at the NACCP opening banquet. Mr. Rosen is a well-known entrepreneur, business leader, and philanthropist in the Orlando area.
In 2000, he donated a 20-acre site and approximately $18 million to the University of Central Florida to build the Rosen College of Hospitality Management. He also provided a $5 million scholarship endowment for UCF. Mr. Rosen also spearheaded the multi-million dollar Tangelo Park Program, which has provided more than 200 high school seniors with full college scholarships over the last 18 years and provides a free preschool education for all 2-, 3- and 4-year-olds, and classes for parents in the Tangelo Park neighborhood, a disadvantaged neighborhood in Central Florida. In 2005, Oprah Winfrey presented Mr. Rosen with the President's Award from the US Dream Academy at an event in Washington, D.C. for his work with this program.
NACCP 2013's three worship services will include drama, music, and scripture reflections. Dr, Anthony Bailey, Lead Minister at Parkdale United Church in Ottawa, Canada, is the worship coordinator. Dr. Bailey has undertaken missional service in Kenya and Jamaica, and has been an instructor at several theological colleges. Members of the St. Luke's United Methodist Church worship team will provide significant leadership for the worship services.
Workshops will be offered in five emphasis tracks: Theology, Givers, Annual Gifts, Planned Giving, and Special Topics. Presenters represent nearly a dozen denominations in the U.S. and Canada and bring significant breadth and depth of experience to the topics of generous giving and faithful stewardship.
Setting the Table for a Generous Culture will take place at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, located near Universal Studios Orlando. With nearly 5,000 professing members, The St. Luke’s congregation looks forward to welcoming NACCP attendees to their hospitable church home which provides ample space for the conference. Participants will see and experience a congregation who takes seriously the call to encourage generous giving and faithful stewardship and lives out this call in a context that speaks to the characteristics of today’s culture. Dr. William Barnes, Lead Pastor, will be a workshop leader at the conference.
Conference lodging is offered at the Rosen Plaza Hotel on Orlando’s International Drive. Amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi in guest rooms, complimentary self-parking, and complimentary access to the hotel fitness center. A heated pool and whirlpool spa are on the property. Two restaurants, a pizza shop, and 24-hour deli are included in the hotel, and additional dining and shopping options are directly across the street at the Pointe Orlando entertainment complex. Charter bus transportation will be available to shuttle participants for the short ten-minute drive from the hotel to the conference site.Visit the NACCP home page on the ESC website for more information, a schedule, and links to online registration for the event and for lodging. Register early–the early bird event registration fee of $300 is effective through December 31.
With organizational roots in the National Council of Churches USA, the Ecumenical Stewardship Center was established to provide teaching and learning opportunities in Christian stewardship for theological educators, students preparing for ministry, pastors, laypersons, and denominational staff who serve in stewardship and philanthropic ministries. Today, ESC describes this mission as connecting, inspiring, and equipping Christian steward leaders to transform church communities in ways that are generous, prophetic, innovative, and collaborative. This mission is lived out through the resources that ESC provides. Currently, nineteen denominations in Canada and the U.S–with nearly 26 million total members–partner with ESC by providing financial and volunteer support.