September News: 3 Ways to Learn More About Faithful Generosity This Fall

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generosity365 Academy

generosity365 Academies are virtual events that focus on essential topics to help churches and their leaders create a culture of faithful generosity.  The theme for the October 2020 Academy is “People-Focused Stewardship.” Participants will hear from:

  • Catherine Malotky, Grant and Project Manager for the Center for Stewardship Leaders at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, on “Donor-Focused Stewardship”;
  • Gretchen Colon, Senior Consultant at Cramer & Associates in Columbus, Ohio, on “Cheerful & Creative Sparks – Engaging New Stewards”;
  • Tom Berlin, Lead Pastor at the Floris United Methodist Church in Herndon, Virginia, on “Voices of Stewardship”.

The 3.5-hour Academy will take place on Saturday, October 10, at 1:00 p.m. Eastern time. The registration fee is $29.99. Registration closes on Thursday, October 8.

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Generosity NEXT 2020: Forward /// Together

 In 2017 “Rodriguez” outpaced “Smith” for the first time as the most common surname in the US. Current US census data has also shown that Asian Americans are the fastest growing racial ethnic group in the country. Based on the most recent data in the 2015 Blackbaud Diversity in Giving study, and current demographic trends, both the church and philanthropy are changing, and our data and best practices are not keeping pace.The Collective Foundation has spent the past several years in a qualitative research project, asking about experiences of fundraising with Christian fundraisers of color. Click here to see more about that research. While their data will be released soon to participants and their funders, Forward /// Together will be led by the Collective Foundation and participants of their research, highlighting the process and the voices that are woven throughout their project.

Forward /// Together will take place on Thursday, November 19 from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Eastern time. The registration fee is $49.99. Registration closes on Monday, November 16.

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September Author Chat

September Author Chat: David Heetland, Creating Generous CongregationsA problem facing many churches today is the lack of strong leadership in the area of stewardship, particularly the stewardship of financial resources. Church leaders—clergy and laity—have had little or no training in this area, and they feel uncomfortable and embarrassed in encouraging financial support for the church’s ministries. Creating Generous Congregations is written to assist church leaders in gathering the necessary expertise in the stewardship of financial resources, so that persons will be invited to grow spiritually and the various ministries of the church will flourish.Join David Heetland, author of Creating Generous Congregations: A Step-By-Step Guide and Senior Vice President for Planned Giving at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, on Wednesday, September 30, at 3:00 p.m. Eastern time.

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It’s Our Anniversary! Support Our Ministry

 In 2020, the Ecumenical Stewardship Center celebrates 40 years of ministry: growing faithfully generous stewards who serve congregations, judicatories, and denominations across North America. Help us celebrate by sharing a financial gift. Thank you in advance for your generosity, give a gift today!

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