The North American Conference on Christian Philanthropy sponsored by the Ecumenical Stewardship Center has been a premiere event for decades. In 2016, the Ecumenical Stewardship Center is partnering with Canadian organizations to offer THE PURSUIT ’16: Challenging Boundaries, April 27-29 in London, Ontario. Laypersons, pastors, and judicatory and denominational staff who attend THE PURSUIT ’16 will have the opportunity to increase their knowledge about spiritual principles and best practices relating to faithful stewardship, generous giving, and much more.
The format of THE PURSUIT ’16: Challenging Boundaries is unique: it combines the benefits of online learning and face-to-face interaction. The online community includes year-round access to training videos, handouts, and online forums. The live conference includes worship sessions, engaging keynote speakers, and over 90 learning choices that will renew your passion and fill you with actionable ideas to take home.
Location, Lodging, Transportation
THE PURSUIT ’16 will take place in the London Convention Centre, 300 York Street, London, Ontario, located approximately halfway between Detroit, Michigan and Toronto, Ontario. The Doubletree Hilton Hotel is adjacent to the Convention Centre. The London International Airport (airport code YXU) is approximately 15 minutes from the hotel.
THE PURSUIT ’16 includes presentations from three keynote speakers. John Stackhouse, professor of religious studies and dean of faculty development at Crandall University, has lectured at many universities around the globe, and his work has been featured in publications as diverse as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, The Globe and Mail, and Maclean’s. Greg Thompson is senior pastor of the Trinity Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville, Virginia, and executive director of New City Commons. Anthony Bradley is associate professor at The King’s College in New York City and lectures at colleges, universities, business organizations, conferences, and churches throughout the US and abroad. His writings on religious and cultural issues have been published in a variety of journals.
Learning Session Tracks
THE PURSUIT ’16 offers more than 90 learning opportunities in more than a dozen learning tracks, including stewardship, fundraising, church, organizational health, strategy, and communication. Learning sessions also come in a variety of styles, including traditional workshops, peer learning, jam sessions, storytelling, knowledge pods, and rapid fire learning. Workshops include:
• Surviving, Thriving, and Doing Good: New Approaches for Small to Mid-Sized Ministries by Rebekah Basinger
• Best Practices for Giving in Churches by Lori Guenther Reesor
• Planned Giving Requires Planned Receiving by Dori Zerbe Cornelsen and Marlow Gingrich
• Excelling in Generosity: Moving from Tithes and Offerings to Planned Gifts by Herb Gale
• Dock the Ship and Focus on the Steward by Scott Rodin
• Developing Your Ethical Fundraising Toolbox by Valerie Campbell and Paula Curtis
• Learning to Let God Lead by John Pellowe
and many, many more.
Ways to Participate
Persons can attend THE PURSUIT in person or purchase an online access pass. The in-person option includes year-round access to all workshop content videos and handouts, access to online forums, two brunches and Thursday night banquet. The online access pass includes digital downloads of handouts and access to keynote speaker recordings and more than 50 online training videos.
Registration Costs and Deadlines
Early bird registration fee for the live conference is $595 CAD, and $295 CAD for the online access pass. There is a $100 CAD increase in fees for both options after March 25.
Register today on THE PURSUIT website at www.the-pursuit.ca.