Programs: Funding Your Congregation's Vision
Fostering a Culture of Generosity ConferenceSaturday, March 9 • 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. • Wesley Theological Seminary
4500 Massachusetts Ave., NW • Washington, DC 20016 • (202) 885-8560
About the ConferenceGenerosity is a critical expression of Christian discipleship and key to healthy congregational stewardship. At this conference we will explore faith, generosity, and how generous congregations give rise to generous people. You will learn concepts and strategies to cultivate generous stewardship in your congregation.
Generous Congregations, Generous PeopleBy Dr. Lovett H. Weems, Jr., distinguished professor of church leadership and director of the Lewis Center
Faith and GenerosityBy Dr. David McAllister-Wilson, president of Wesley Theological Seminary
WorkshopsEach participant may attend two workshops. Encourage others from your church to attend different workshops so that you may share information with each other afterward.
Generosity in the BibleThis workshop focuses on key biblical texts related to generosity, exploring generosity as an inherent attribute in the relationship between God and humankind and a core expression of Christian discipleship.
Cultivating Giving Among Younger GenerationsWhat can congregations do to help younger generations, especially today’s young adults, become faithful stewards? Drawing on research about the faith and financial practices of younger generations, this workshop considers teachings and strategies to help them become faithful givers.
Increasing Revenue Streams Beyond OfferingsHow can your congregation benefit from sources of income beyond regular offerings? This workshop helps your church discern whether other streams of income have significant potential to fund your ministry.
Electronic GivingElectronic giving offers the advantages of ease and consistency to churches and their members. This workshop presents best practices to enhance generosity through electronic giving.
Building a Year-round Stewardship PlanEffective stewardship requires more than a few weeks’ emphasis. It requires a year-round approach. This workshop outlines the key elements of a comprehensive stewardship plan that will keep generosity before the congregation in multiple ways throughout the year.
Financial Audits: Options and Best PracticesTransparency is the bedrock of a generous congregation, so every church needs an annual financial audit. This workshop considers best practices in arranging for an audit, explores the pros and cons of internal verses external audits, and discusses how to use and share audit results.
Dr. David McAllister-Wilson — president of Wesley Theological Seminary
Asa Lee — assistant pastor and minister of Christian education of Mount Olive Baptist Church in Arlington, Va.
Dr. Ann Michel — associate director of the Lewis Center
Joe Arnold — research manager of the Lewis Center
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|9:00 – 9:30 a.m.||Registration|
|9:30 – 9:40 a.m.||Opening/Welcome|
|9:40 – 10:10 a.m.||Presentation: Generous Congregations, Generous People|
|10:20 – 11:10 a.m.||Workshop 1|
|11:10 – 11:30 a.m.||Bagel Break — Resource Table open|
|11:30 – 12:20 p.m.||Workshop 2|
|12:20 – 1:00 p.m.||Presentation: Faith and Generosity|
February 12 through March 7:
- Registration – $55
- Registration plus .5 CEU – $65
- Wesley Theological Seminary student – $20
How to register
Online registration has ended. At-the-door registration is available. You may pay at the door by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express), check payable to Wesley Theological Seminary, or cash (please have exact change). If you have any questions, please contact Joe Arnold, research manager of the Lewis Center, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 885-8560.