Workshops

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

(A-11) Stewardship 101: How a Presbytery Team Can Train Congregations – Part 1 – The Stewardship Team of Hudson River Presbytery will share the story of how they were formed, how they have trained 80 of their 85 congregations with basic stewardship practices, and the curriculum and resources they have created. The conversation will include discussion of year-round stewardship education, the biblical basis of healthy stewardship, the theology of abundance in a world focused on scarcity, some do’s and don’ts of stewardship practices, narrative budgets and more. Led by Stewardship Team Members Charles Barton and Janis Upeslacis of Hudson River Presbytery

(A-12) 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 – Leaders 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 and Shelby Harasty Etheridge, Pastor and Associate Pastor for Saint Mark Presbyterian Church in Bethesda, MD

(A-13) Age and Generosity: Why a One-Size-Fits-All Stewardship Program Doesn’t Work, and What to Do About It – Attitudes toward money and generosity are shaped early. With five living generations in our pews, a one-size-fits-all stewardship model is no longer faithful or fruitful. This workshop will compare and contrast the generosity inspirations of each living generation and explore elements of a stewardship effort which speaks to all, no matter their birth year. Led by Karl Travis, Pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Fort Worth, TX

(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) 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-16) So You’re Thinking About a Capital Campaign – This workshop will focus on the basics of capital campaigns, including their value to a church’s overall stewardship program, how to determine readiness for a campaign, and the elements of a successful campaign. Led by Tom Norwood, Senior Ministry Strategist with Horizons Stewardship

(A-17) 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 Lisa Longo, Ministry Relations Officer for the Presbyterian Foundation


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

(B-21) Stewardship 101: How a Presbytery Team Can Train Congregations – Part 2 - It’s not just about money. This case study will describe how and why a church incorporated Time and Talent pledges into their fall stewardship campaign. This additional form of pledging was initially intended for adults, but now engages the youth and children of the congregation as well.  Learn how your church can match the needs of your governing boards and committees with the interests and skills of your parishioners, ultimately providing everyone with meaningful ways to contribute more than just money. Led by the Stewardship Team Members Janis Upeslacis and Charles Barton of Hudson River Presbytery

(B-22) 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. Leaders will address how shame and money are often entangled, will share experiences in their 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 and Shelby Harasty Etheridge, Pastor and Associate Pastor for Saint Mark Presbyterian Church in Bethesda, MD

(B-23) 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 at Horizons Stewardship, and author of The eGiving Guide For Every Church (Abingdon Press, 2016).

(B-24) 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

(B-25) 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

(B-26) 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. Austin, Vice President for Christian Leadership Formation at Auburn Theological Seminary

(B-27) 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

(B-28) 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


Workshop Block C – Tuesday, 12:30 1:45 PM (choose one)

(C-31) Funding Presbyteries in a New Environment – Many presbyteries are suffering financially from reduced mission giving and lower revenues from per capita and/or pledges. The causes include fallout from the recession, litigation, membership loss, and lack of understanding about the services and benefits of the presbytery. How can presbyteries continue to meet their financial obligations and communicate with members in a way that makes clear the value they add to our Presbyterian polity? Led by Steve Wirth, Ministry Relations Officer for the Presbyterian Foundation, Jeff Hutcheson, Presbytery Pastor for Mission and Vision at Presbytery of San Francisco, Leonard Nielson, Director of Finance and Property Resourcing for Presbytery of San Francisco, and David Baker, Stated Clerk and Director of Communications for Presbytery of Tampa Bay

(C-32) 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-33) A Theology of Benefits – Explore the theological and biblical foundations framing the need for support for overall wellness of pastoral leaders. Participants will discuss the financial, vocational, and spiritual components of ministerial wellness as they seek to define the mission of the church – and the right stewardship of its material and human resources – as a particular expression of God’s care, justice, and shalom. This workshop seeks to advance the principle that benefits provided by the church to workers of the church are models of faithful stewardship and a manifest commitment to God’s promise of abundant life. Led by Elizabeth Little, Church Consultant with the Board of Pensions of the PC(USA)

(C-34) 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

(C-35) 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.” What would your stewardship program look like if you began with “thank you”? How do you engage your congregation’s leadership in a practice of gratitude? This workshop will focus on the “why” of giving, and will provide a practical guide to thoughtful and important conversations with your congregation’s leaders and members about giving and making a difference. Led by Rosemary Mitchell, Senior Director for Mission Engagement and Support at the Presbyterian Mission Agency

(C-36) 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

(C-37) 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

(C-38) Stewardship for Children – Our children and youth are passionate and generous – and represent our next generation of donors.  In a world filled with consumerism and marketing, where cash is rarely used, how do families and churches teach stewardship of environment, possessions, and money?  How can we help families teach money management that includes church and other charitable giving?  How can we help guide the natural generosity of children to make a difference in the world?  This workshop’s leaders will discuss existing resources and projects, and will encourage the sharing of creative ideas.  Leadership TBD


Workshop Block D – Tuesday, 3:45 – 5:00 PM (choose one)

(D-41) The Herald’s Hurdles: Obstacles to Frank Speaking about Money and How We Overcome Them – With particular attention to preaching, this workshop will name the preacher’s resistances to honest stewardship preaching and offer specific tips and illustrations for inspiring preaching about generosity, and generous living, year round. Led by Karl Travis, Pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Fort Worth, TX

(D-42) How to Succeed in Congregational Stewardship by REALLY Trying – Generational theory, building cultures of generosity, and narrative budgets are all important components of stewardship campaigns that have dominated research in recent years. However, there is still no substitute for a good plan, the right support pieces, follow-through and follow up.  This workshop’s leaders offer tools for planning and communicating clearly throughout a successful stewardship campaign. They will share years of combined experience in stewardship, mission interpretation, multi-channel communication and fundraising. Participants will encounter plans and approaches illuminated through the experiences of congregations like their own. Led by Steve Rusk, former Associate Director for Mission Giving – ELCA, and Bryce Wiebe, Director of Special Offerings for the PC(USA)

(D-43) A Telling Secret: Why Congregations Hide Giving Data, and How to Change That – This workshop will explore the impact of the secrets we maintain about stewardship and giving. How do these secrets effect a congregation’s culture of generosity? How do our secrets hinder faithful funding of Christ’s mission? Let’s explore how we can open the financial discipleship conversation with grace and comfort. Led by Charles Spencer, Executive Presbyter for Heartland Presbytery

(D-44) You Shall Know the Truth: How and Why to Implement a Financial Literacy Program in Your Church – This workshop covers both theological justification and practical solutions for implementing a personal finance course in your congregation. Led by Ryan Baer, Pastor of Ridglea Presbyterian Church in Fort Worth, TX, and a veteran class coordinator of Financial Peace University

(D-45) Donor-Advised Funds – What Are They and Why Are They So Popular? – Why has the Donor-Advised Fund become the fastest growing giving tool in the country? What circumstances might motivate your donor to establish a DAF? Learn the advantages, and the drawbacks, of this type of gift. Led by Sherry Hester Kenney, Ministry Relations Officer for the Presbyterian Foundation, and Joe Tackett, Planning and Development Officer for the Presbyterian Foundation

(D-46) 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-47) 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

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