Workshops

Workshop Block A – Monday, 4:00 – 5:15 PM (choose one)

(A-11) Creating a Culture of Generosity – Is your congregation’s approach to stewardship stuck in a rut? Are you living in a state of scarcity and longing for abundance?   This workshop will outline a program that has moved churches from a four-week stewardship campaign to a year-round culture of generosity. Learn how to form your Generosity Team, how to create an activities calendar for your church’s funds ministry, how to prepare a narrative budget, and how to integrate all aspects of your church into the life of generosity. Led by Robert Hay, Jr., Ministry Relations Officer for the Presbyterian Foundation

(A-12) Understanding Stewardship in Racial and Ethnic Communities – What motivates African Americans to give? Are the reasons different for Latinos, Asians, or Native Americans? Jim Reese, an African American pastor with 65 years of experience, and the first director of the PC(USA)’s Racial Ethnic and Women’s Ministries (previously Racial and Ethnic Ministries), has researched giving patterns within five distinct racial and ethnic groups. Learn about his findings, and the specific approaches that lead to successful outcomes. Led by Jim Reese, Minister for Specialized Interpretation with the Presbyterian Foundation

(A-13) The New Tax Bill Raises Concerns about Charitable Giving – The charitable donations portion of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, passed by Congress on December 20, 2017, is creating uncertainty and confusion for churches, nonprofits and donors to these organizations.  Organizations fear that the tax bill’s increase in the standard deduction will cause people to reduce their charitable giving.  The Council of Foundations, Arlington, Virginia, predicts a decrease of $16 – $24 billion in charitable giving every year.  This workshop will discuss the history of the standard deduction and concerns expressed in The Washington Post, The New York Times, and other periodicals.  Open classroom discussion will address the following questions and more.  What motivates individuals and families to give to their church, to other nonprofits?  What factors determine the size of their gifts?  What is the Governments role through its national budget and tax policies as documents with regards to: defining what is moral or immoral, promoting the “common good of the country”, and protecting the least among us?  If couples find that by taking the new standard deduction of $24,000 actually leaves them with more money, will they consider spending some of that excess for charitable purposes?  These Bible verses will guide our discussion:  Mark 12:14, Luke 2:1-4, and 2 Corinthians 9:6-7. Led by Richard Witzke, Stewardship Elder for Eastminster Presbyterian Church, York, PA and Stewardship Chair for The Presbytery of Donegal

(A-14) Money, Ministry and Mistakes – This workshop covers ten big mistakes that pastors and church leaders often make in their approach to stewardship, and how to avoid making them. Led by Ryan Baer, Pastor of Ridglea Presbyterian Church in Fort Worth, TX, and a veteran class coordinator of Financial Peace University

(A-15) It’s Only Stuff! – The Theology of Possessions – “This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain.” There’s a cultural shift taking place among younger generations, with a movement away from the accumulation of things toward a more Spartan lifestyle. Does this have implications for encouraging discipleship? We will examine the theology of stuff and seek ways to lead people to a more meaningful understanding of possessions and their place in our lives. Led by Rick Young, President of the Texas Presbyterian Foundation

(A-16) Making the Ask – Asking for money can seem like a daunting task, even when you truly believe in your ministry.  Whether you are preparing to launch a capital campaign or simply engaging in ongoing planned giving conversations, honing your skills and reducing trepidation around asking for a gift is useful for both elders and clergy.  Workshop participants are encouraged to read in advance: Asking: A 59-Minute Guide to Everything Board Members, Volunteers, And Staff Must know to Secure the Gift, by Jerold Panas. Led by Ellie Johns-Kelley, Ministry Relations Officer for the Presbyterian Foundation

(A-17) Growing Stewards Year-Round – As servants of Christ, we are stewards of God’s gifts.  How do we steward these gifts?   How do we grow stewards in our congregations?  The principles, practices and perspectives of well-formed stewards provide a framework for year-round stewardship in our homes and our congregations.  Come learn how to nurture spiritual growth, giftedness, lifestyle, caring for creation, finances, planning and finances in your context.  Led by Keith Mundy Program Director for Stewardship, Domestic Mission Unit of the ELCA

(A-18) A Conversation with Diana Butler Bass – This is an opportunity to have more conversation with one of our keynoters.  Led by Diana Butler Bass, Author of “Grateful, The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks”

(A-19) Fundraising as Spiritual Formation and Pastoral Care– This workshop challenges the idea that fundraising is something outside of – or at odds with – the classic practices of pastoral ministry. Participants will discover that in fact, the very sense of call, skills and capacities, and desired impact that leads us to provide pastoral care and spiritual formation are the ones that make us the most effective and faithful practitioners of fundraising. The leader will explore those connections, and examine some very tangible ways of putting them into practice in a way that is both successful and meaningful. Led by J. C. AustinPastor/Head of Staff at First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem, PA. Workshop moved from C-32.


Workshop Block B – Tuesday, 10:00 – 11:15 AM (choose one)

(B-21) Vulnerability and Courage: The Practice of Stewardship Part 1 – This two-part workshop explores the practice of stewardship through the lens of researcher Brené Brown. Dr. Brown, a practicing Christian and professor of Social Work, has published her research on shame, vulnerability, and the practice of courage that leads to “wholeheartedness”. Her data concludes that persons who experience “wholeheartedness” strengthen the communities to which they belong, including congregations.  Part 1 – The leader will introduce participants to the main concepts of Dr. Brown’s work, following her published work in the books Daring Greatly and Rising Strong. The presentation will include brief videos of Dr. Brown.  Led by Roy Howard, Pastor, Saint Mark Presbyterian Church in Bethesda, MD

(B-22) Funding Innovative and New Ministries – Ideas for new ministries are abundant and faithful, but how in the world do we find the resources to make these kinds of calls a reality? This workshop will explore funding strategies that can be used for new ministries, including new worshiping communities. Spoiler alert: while God is still dreaming with us and prodding us on to be present with new communities, the funding strategies aren’t all that new. They all revolve around the spiritual practices of please and thank you.  Led by Mieke Vandersall, Founding Pastor of Not So Churchy and Principal Consultant at the Vandersall Collective

(B-23) Preaching Stewardship:  ELCA Stewardship Resource for Pastors – As part of a project in the North/West Lower Michigan Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Bishop Craig Satterlee developed a two-part workshop to teach pastors and other leaders how to preach on stewardship.  Positive response to this workshop has prompted the production of a 2 disk DVD.   This workshop focuses on presenting fundamental stewardship learnings and skills to help leaders develop and preach sermons focused on stewardship. It teaches how to inspire and invite congregants to join in supporting the ministries of their congregations and the larger church.  Preaching Stewardship challenges congregational norms about money, giving and what the bible has to say about financial responses to the good news of The Gospel.  Lead by Sandra Chrostowski, Director, DEM Relationships, Domestic Mission Unit of the ELCA.

(B-24) Financial Peace University: A PC(USA) Pastor’s Perspective – Financial Peace University is the most popular financial literacy program used in churches in America today.  This workshop offers an overview of the course and a perspective on the class material from a Reformed theological point of view.  Led by Ryan Baer, Pastor of Ridglea Presbyterian Church in Fort Worth, TX

(B-25) Let the Budget Speak the Vision! – Is your church budget a page of line items, or is it a living document that tells the story of changed lives? A former parish pastor, the leader of this workshop will outline a church visioning process and provide hands-on tools for creating a narrative budget. Participants will also leave this workshop with new and creative ways to say “thank you” and to invite members to continue to participate in the vision through legacy giving. Led by Rob Hagan, Ministry Relations Officer for the Presbyterian Foundation

(B-26) Endowments 101 – Is your church ready to establish and promote permanent funds as an added dimension of stewardship and generosity? Join us in discussing how to choose endowment fund leadership, what gifts to accept, how to invest funds, how much to spend, and how endowments impact annual giving and governance issues. Led by Stephen Keizer, Vice President for Ministry Relations for the Presbyterian Foundation

(B-27) 11 Ways to Increase Giving in Your Church…Beginning this Week – We’ll look at key stewardship principles for churches including effective strategies for taking the offering during worship, how to encourage recurring gifts, coaching the senior pastor for stewardship success, and celebrating generosity in ways that might even get your congregants clapping with joy.  Led by Jennifer Perrow

(B-28) A Conversation with Diana Butler Bass – This is an opportunity to have more conversation with one of our keynoters.  Led by Diana Butler Bass, Author of “Grateful, The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks”

(B-29) The Whole Story: Inspiring Generosity Through Individual Storytelling – How do you get people to tell their generosity story? Who do you ask? What do you ask? How do you ask? What can you do to create maximum impact? This workshop will answer these questions, as well as provide you with individual storytelling strategies based on a proven approach for effectively generating powerful stories of giving. Led by Jake Wilson, Relationship Manager of the Texas Presbyterian Foundation and Rick Young, President of the Texas Presbyterian Foundation


Workshop Block C – Tuesday, 1:45 – 3:00 PM (choose one)

(C-31) Vulnerability and Courage: The Practice of Stewardship Part 2 – This two-part workshop explores the practice of stewardship through the lens of researcher Brené Brown. Dr. Brown, a practicing Christian and professor of Social Work, has published her research on shame, vulnerability, and the practice of courage that leads to “wholeheartedness”. Her data concludes that persons who experience “wholeheartedness” strengthen the communities to which they belong, including congregations.  Part 2 – An interactive occasion to explore how the concepts can be applied to the practice of stewardship in healthy congregations. The leader will address how shame and money are often entangled, will share experiences in his own congregation, and will invite participants to consider how the practice of courage can help us all be “stewards of the mysteries of God” with the resources of the church.  Led by Roy Howard, Pastor, Saint Mark Presbyterian Church in Bethesda, MD

(C-32) Workshop moved to A-19

(C-33) Practical Planned Giving 101 – In this workshop we will explore the basics of practical planned giving programs, including: What fundamentals should your congregation have in place for a planned giving program? What should your congregation’s leadership know about the different planned gift types? Where do you turn for help?  Led by Karl Mattison, Director of Planned Giving Resources for the Presbyterian Foundation

(C-34) Electronic Giving: Using Digital Tools to Grow Ministry – Any church can use electronic tools to raise more money for mission and ministry.  For those who are just beginning to think about electronic giving and those who desire to have a more robust plan to increase generosity, this workshop will provide greater understanding of the tools available.  More importantly, church leaders will gain specific strategies as well as motivation to move beyond just thinking and start doing!  Led by Richard Rogers, Vice President, Horizons Stewardship

 (C-35) Stewardship In Disaster Recovery – How do you keep going in the aftermath of a disruption? A fire destroyed the historic sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church of Englewood (NJ) two years ago, the church kept going. Attendance and stewardship continued to rise – because of things we were already doing. By the time the fire hits, it’s too late. In this workshop we will explore the processes and communications strategies that enabled us to withstand the disruption of the fire.  Led by Richard Hong, Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Englewood, NJ

(C-36) How to Lead a Revolution in Giving and GenerosityTired of reading all the books, attending all the workshops and nothing ever changing?  Maybe, you need a Generosity Revolution. This workshop will lead you in the steps necessary to conduct not a stewardship campaign, but a revolution in giving and generosity. Led by Scott McKenzie, Senior Vice President and Partner at Horizons Stewardship, and author of Bounty: Ten Ways to Increase Giving at Your Church and the recently released Generosity Rising, Leading a Stewardship Revolution

(C-37) No More Fund-raising: The “Thank-You” Lens of Stewardship – The 15th Century theologian Meister Eckart said “If the only prayer you ever say in your life is ‘thank you’ it will be enough.”  Let’s all stop “fund-raising” and focus on being church.   All we do and say is in response to the grace we receive.  Our response is always “thank you”.    What would your church life, worship life, and stewardship life look like if you begin with “thank you”?  This workshop will focus on “why” we are called to give back to God.  Knowing that, what are the practical approaches and conversation starters you can use immediately in your congregation.   Led by Rosemary Mitchell, Senior Director for Mission Engagement and Support and Rhonda Kruse, Mission Engagement Advisor at the Presbyterian Mission Agency

(C-38) Stewardship as Liturgical Practice – How can individuals in the pews engage and deepen their understanding of discipleship to draw connections between their faith and giving on a Sunday morning? What would it look like to explore stewardship and giving not simply in the preaching moment, but by utilizing all of the movements of worship? This workshop provides opportunities to learn, participate, and collaboratively create liturgical practices that can be used in congregational worship. Led by Larissa Kwong Abazia, Vice Moderator of the 221st General Assembly of the PC(USA)

(C-39) Congregational Vitality Indicators- Characterized as embodied with vitality and sustainability.  All congregations want to thrive. A congregation is thriving when it achieves mission goals (vitality) and is likely to continue doing so into the future (sustainability).  This workshop explores what are the key indicators that are present in congregations which live out God’s mission in their part of the world. These congregations connect with God, each other and the world.  Congregations need resources to sustain ministry. The two primary re-sources include people power (to engage in ministries) and resources (to pay staff, fund ministries and maintain facilities).  Strategies for developing disciples and growing stewards are offered.  Led by Neil Bullock, Stewardship Project Coordinator, Domestic Mission Unit of the ELCA.


Workshop Block D – Wednesday, 8:30 – 9:45 AM (choose one)

(D-41) Planned Giving: 25 Ideas to Get You to the Next Level – After you’ve done all the basics, what can you do to take your program to the next level? In rapid succession, this seminar will show actual examples of 25 different ideas that have truly engaged and challenged congregation members to consider their legacy. Led by Karl Mattison, Director of Planned Giving Resources for the Presbyterian Foundation

(D-42) Drafting a Winning Stewardship and Generosity Team – Your church has become convinced it should encourage generosity around the year, not just during a fall stewardship campaign. In addition to the Pastor and the Session, who should lead this important program at your church? Led by Olanda Carr, Ministry Relations Officer for the Presbyterian Foundation

 (D-43) Stop Banging Your Head Against the Wall! Create a Living Spirit of Generosity – Are you tired of multiple committee meetings that don’t produce desired results? Are you ready to change the way you look at and talk about generosity in your church? This workshop’s leaders believe it’s time to turn the wall into a door and explore the best ways to create a living spirit of generosity among all congregation members. They will share tools and methods to assist you in this endeavor as you create and implement your generosity message. Led by Stefanie Marsden and Kristi Posewitz of the Texas Presbyterian Foundation

(D-44) The Generosity Project:5G – As Christians we have a story to tell – a story of God’s Generosity in and through Jesus Christ.  This story crosses all ages, generations and is as relevant in our homes as it is in our congregations and the communities we serve.  This downloadable resource is both a lens for growing leaders and a tool for equipping households to be grateful, generous stewards of God’s varied grace.  Through a workshop and six household sessions, come see how to add vitality to the culture of generosity in your congregation.  Led by Linda Staats, Generosity Project Manager, Domestic Mission Unit of the ELCA.

 (D-45) Financial Stewardship and Bowen Family Systems Theory – Among other things, Bowen family systems theory proposes that anxiety is an ever-present part of our relationships and that this anxiety can many times generate emotional – as opposed to calm, thoughtful – responses.  During this workshop, we will consider the call the church has to help people deal with the anxiety they have around money. Join us as we ask questions like: how much of that anxiety is a phenomenon of a single person in a distinct point in time, as opposed to the result of complex family relationships and family narratives that span multiple generations (or our entire culture)? And, when we are anxious about having enough and fixated on our well-being, how does that play out regarding our emotions, behaviors, and relationships?  Led by Steve Oelschlager, Stewardship Project Coordinator, Domestic Mission Unit of the ELCA.

(D-46) Communicating in Ways that Surprise and Delight your Givers – What are ‘donor-centered communications’ and why are they are critical for increasing generosity in your church or organization? We’ll discuss how/when to ask for gifts, how/when to say “thank you,” what types of communications (print, email, video, social media) are effective in different settings, the importance of an annual communication plan, and ideas for telling stories that engage the hearts of your givers.  Led by Jennifer Perrow

(D-47) Smaller Capital Campaigns – This workshop will look at how smaller churches, and/or churches with smaller capital campaign dollar objectives, can succeed. It will examine the factors that need to be in place for a successful campaign to launch, and will discuss whether a paid consultant is needed to maximize success. Led by John Wray, Consultant to the Presbyterian Foundation and Church Campaign Services

(D-48) Congregational Money Talk: How, Who and Where – At the heart of a healthy congregational stewardship culture is talk about money.  Get money talk right, and a healthy stewardship culture usually follows.  Get it wrong, and your congregation has a major hurdle to navigate.  This workshop will explore how money can be talked about in your congregation, who is involved in the conversation, and where healthy money talk happens.  Led by Chick Lane, Pastor for Stewardship and Generosity at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Maple Grove, MN, and author of Embracing Stewardship: How to put stewardship at the heart of your congregation’s life,and the author of Ask, Thank, Tell: Improving Stewardship Ministry in Your Congregation