Online registration for "Stewardship Fusion", the 2015 North American Conference on Christian Philanthropy, is now open. "Stewardship Fusion" will take place April 27-29 at The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas (Kansas City area). Laypersons, pastors, and judicatory and denominational staff who attend the North American Conference on Christian Philanthropy (NACCP) have the opportunity to increase their knowledege about spiritual principles and best practices relating to giving and faithful stewardship.
Location, Lodging, Transportation
The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection has grown from four people in 1990 to more than 18,000 adult members with an average weekly worship attendance of more than 8,800 in 2012. The church was listed as the most influential mainline church in America in a 2005 survey of American pastors. The congregation and its leaders have a passion for generosity, evangelism, discipleship, and mission. Their three-fold focus includes acting as a catalyst for renewing the mainline church.
Church of the Resurrection is located approximately 45 minutes from the Kansas City International Airport (airport code MCI). A block of rooms has been reserved at the Holiday Inn Convention Center, 10920 Nall Avenue, Overland Park, Kansas, for NACCP participants. The hotel is approximately 4 miles from Church of the Resurrection.
"Stewardship Fusion" will include plenary sessions by two outstanding leaders from the host church: The Rev. Adam Hamilton and the Rev. Dr. Clayton Smith. The Rev. Adam Hamilton is the founding pastor of Church of the Resurrection. He is the recipient of the Denman Award in Evangelism and the Circuit Rider Award for excellence in church leadership. He was named Distinguished Evangelist of the United Methodist Church by the Foundation for Evangelism, and one of the "Ten People to Watch in America's Spiritual Landscape" by Religion and Ethics Newsweekly. Rev. Hamilton has authored 14 books, including Enough: Discovering Joy Through Simplicity and Generosity and Leading Beyond the Walls: Developing Mainline Churches with a Heart for the Unchurched. As Executive Pastor of Generosity for the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, Rev. Dr. Smith gives oversight to the congregation’s giving campaigns and directs their Crossroads Initiative. He has served as a consultant to other congregations across the US and regularly leads and teaches faith-based programs that assist people in developing responsible stewardship and generosity.
NACCP will include workshops presented by 18 outstanding leaders from many denominations in the US and Canada. Workshops include:
- The Intersection of Stewardship and Philanthropy
- Pastors and Personal Finance
- The Book of Generosity
- Trends in Faith-Based Giving
- Black Clouds Can Have Green Linings: Your Congregation's Carbon Footprint
- Moving Beyond the Offering Plate: Other Giving Options
- Capital Campaigns: Casting Vision to be a part of God's Work in the World
and many more.
NACCP attendees will have the opportunity to enrich their experience even further by attending one of two exceptional Post-Conference Seminars, held immediately following the NACCP Main Conference. The Rev. Dr. Clayton Smith will lead a Seminar focusing on two topics: 1) "Dynamic Planning for the Annual Stewardship Campaign:The Resurrection Campaign Model" and 2) "Developing Leadership for Generosity: The Resurrection Stewardship Story". Lowell Flory, Executive Director of Institutional Advancement at Bethany Theological Seminary in Richmond, Indiana, will lead a Seminar titled "Bright Lines and Gray Lines: Ethical Guidelines for Fundraising".
Ways to Participate
Persons can attend NACCP in person or participate in the plenary sessions remotely via live streaming. Those attending in person can earn CEUs.
The deadline to register for all NACCP participation options is April 5, 2015. Visit the NACCP Home Page to learn more.