Workshops

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

A-11 Offertory Laboratory – Offering is not and should not be just about how best to get the money into the plate. Without valuing one more than the other, we must take seriously the fullness of what we offer back to God in our individual and communal time, talents AND treasures. This focus must not just be in words, but in the rituals and practices that we engage in during worship. In this workshop, we will actually workshop a few models for the offering moment in worship. We will role-play a few ideas and then see what bubbles up. Bruce will bring a few ideas collected from his experience leading worship as well as from the larger online community with whom he interacts, but you are also invited to bring ideas that you have always wanted to try . . . and we’ll try it! Please be prepared to move, fail, discover, reflect, then do it all over again.. Led by Bruce Reyes-Chow, Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto, CA

A-12 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-13 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

A-14 Abundant Life, Tree of Life: Preaching Biblical Stewardship for World-Healing and Hope – What is Jesus’ vision of abundant life? Drawing on biblical images of tree of life (Revelation 22:2) and koinonia as sharing (2 Corinthians 13:13), we will explore how to preach a vision of true abundance, in the midst of a culture that teaches scarcity. Led by Barbara Rossing, Professor of New Testament at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago

A-15 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

A-16 Asset-Based Stewardship in the Small Church – Small membership congregations are often better at recognizing their limitations than affirming their unique assets. Small church stewardship has possibilities. The church’s vision need not be small, nor must it struggle with financial resources. From nurturing leadership, special gifts, bequests and the annual financial stewardship emphasis, this workshop will explore energizing stewardship ministry in the small membership congregations, offering new ideas and possibilities. Participants will receive a variety of practical resources to be adapted to their particular context. Led by Olanda Carr, Ministry Relations Officer for the Presbyterian Foundation

A-17 Practicing Generosity of Body, Mind and Spirit: Loving Kindness – The pulse of generosity that runs through all of creation may be as close as your next breath. How do we tune in and align ourselves, body mind and spirit, with its Source? This workshop will offer theory and practices of mindfulness that incorporate gentle movement, breath, and meditation, to explore the theme of ‘Loving kindness.’ Led by Cheryl Galan, Interim Executive Presbyter with The Presbytery of Carlisle and Certified Yoga Instructor

A-18 Discussion with Melissa Spas – This is an opportunity to have further discussion with keynoter Melissa Spas. Led by Melissa Spas, Managing Director of Education and Engagement with the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving

A-19 Rethinking Stewardship – New Strategies for Changing Times – These are challenging times for church stewardship programs. Unfortunately, even in the face of declining memberships, many churches continue to have a “We’re worthy, give us money” mentality with the predictable result that they struggle to fund their missions. This workshop will offer new strategies to change this dynamic and lay the foundation of successful stewardship campaigns. Among the topics to be covered are these: the church’s place in American philanthropy, the key reasons why people give, the roles of the pastor and Session, and the care and feeding of donors. Led by Tom Norwood, Ministry Strategists with Horizons Stewardship

A-NA Personal Stewardship Time (Not attending a workshop this block) – Feel free to take this workshop time to have a personal time of sabbath and reflection, or to rest, or to enjoy the beautiful surroundings, or whatever your soul needs.


Workshop Block B – Tuesday, 10:15 – 11:30 AM (choose one)

B-21 Wise Debt! Strategies and tools for determining if, when, why, and how much, a church should borrow – Used strategically, debt can be a valuable tool for churches wishing to expand their mission and ministry. Understanding when, or if, a congregation should consider assuming debt is the key to successful debt management. Clare will share best practices – the pros and pitfalls experienced by hundreds of congregations who have successfully, and some not so successfully used debt as an effective tool for ministry. Led by Clare Lewis, Vice President with the Presbyterian Investment & Loan Program

B-22 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-23 You Ask for It: Conversations on the Giving Spectrum – How does a pastor overcome her/his reluctance to talk about money? Why is it important for the pastor to know what people give? How can a pastor help move his/her congregation from a culture of scarcity to one of abundance? Two pastors – a female Baby Boomer in an urban setting and a male Gen-Xer at a suburban church – discuss these and other questions related to generosity and discipleship. Led by Louise Westfall, Central Presbyterian Church of Denver and Justin Spurlock, Grace Presbyterian Church of Highlands Ranch and facilitated by Sherry Kenney, Presbyterian Foundation Ministry Relations Officer

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 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 First Presbyterian Church of Athens, GA

B-26 Stewardship Across Cultures: A panel discussion – In this panel discussion we will hear from pastors about their personal experience leading multi-ethnic congregations, and their perspective on national trends in stewardship across the cultural spectrum. What are the unique challenges facing different church communities; what are the opportunities for learning across culture and experience? How can we all improve the richness of stewardship in our communities, wherever those are and whatever they might look like. Led by Neil Bullock, Stewardship Project Coordinator, Domestic Mission Unit of the ELCA and Jerry Cannon, Pastor of C.N. Jenkins Memorial Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, NC, Jim Reese, Minister of Specialized Interpretation at the Presbyterian Foundation, and Jonah So Lead Pastor of the English Ministry of Korean Presbyterian Church of Winchester, NY and facilitated by Maggie Harmon, Presbyterian Foundation Ministry Relations Officer

B-27 Everyone’s Daily Bread – How do the food choices we make affect people across the globe and our smallest of fellow beings in the ground? Find out how being a steward of God’s gifts includes considering the impact of food production, delivery, and disposal. Empower families and communities to make decisions which are less harmful to each other. Leave with tools, ideas, connections, and inspiration to make small changes every day that can allow our meal-times to nourish ourselves, our global neighbors, and the land. Led by Phoebe Morad, Lutherans Restoring Creation

B-28 AirBnB and the Early Church: a Theology of Possessions for the Sharing Economy – TBD. Led by J. C. AustinPastor/Head of Staff at First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem, PA.

B-29 Practical Tips to Increase Giving – 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, integrating mobile/online giving, and celebrating generosity in ways that might even get your congregants clapping with joy. Led by Jennifer Perrow, Senior Generosity Strategist with Generis

B-NA Personal Stewardship Time (Not attending a workshop this block) – Feel free to take this workshop time to have a personal time of sabbath and reflection, or to rest, or to enjoy the beautiful surroundings, or whatever your soul needs.


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

C-31 Convening Conversations that Matter – We can learn from development professionals to be donor-centered, but what does that look like in a Christ-centered Church? Donating is a conscious decision motivated by tangibles and intangibles like vision, stories, engagement, passion, call, beliefs, trust, and relationships. Come experience a proven way to foster conversations that provoke profound change and deepen relationships and commitment to a cause. Participants will learn how to facilitate these conversations in groups or one-on-one in your context, to share modern-day parables that inspire neighborliness and invite others to adopt an ethic of enough for all the thrive, and to mine theologically rich terms in the process including discernment, mentor, vocation, covenant, and more. Led by Lee Hinson-Hasty, Senior Director of Theological Education Funds Development at the Presbyterian Foundation 

C-32 Growing Your Endowment Through Process and Policy – Often we focus on outcome when discussing endowment campaigns. What if there were steps you could take to drive more successful outcome with stronger process? Before asking for a result, join Lisa Higginbotham, Regional Gift Planner from ELCA Foundation, to discuss process that creates a solid foundation for building trust, representing your ministries, and connecting with your congregation. Led by Lisa Higginbotham, Regional Gift Planner for the ELCA Foundation

C-33 The Qualified Charitable Distribution: A Tax Saving Alternative of Church Giving for Your Senior Members – You will learn how to describe to your retired members a tax saving method of donating to their church by making their contribution from the income side of their Form 1040 instead of the deduction side. And, they can keep all their new Standard Deduction increase. The new Tax Cuts and Job Act tax law can mean that many of your senior church members may no longer itemize their deductions. But, if they have a taxable Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) from a Traditional IRA, they can now donate a part or all of it to their church and/or favorite charity with tax free dollars. This is because of a relatively new tax provision called the Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD). Led by Richard Witzke, Stewardship Elder for Eastminster Presbyterian Church, York, PA and Stewardship Chair for The Presbytery of Donegal

C-34 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

C-35 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-36 How to Care for God’s Creation and Have a Church Building – Struggling with where to start your caring for creation initiatives in your building? Learn some practical steps that your congregation can take to make your church facility friendlier for the environment and why it is important to be good stewards of what God has given us. We will discuss ideas for energy savings, green building materials, ways to educate the congregation about green initiatives, and available resources to help you. Led by Clare Lewis, Vice President with the Presbyterian Investment & Loan Program and Anne Gerrietss, ELCA Church Building Consultant and Mark Stauffer, Council President of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church Encinitas, CA

C-37 When enough is enough: the sufficiency of God’s blessing – We often turn to technical fixes and best practices to promote generosity in our churches. Although this is helpful, what is also needed is for our churches to make three shifts in our beliefs and behaviors that help to form more generous disciples. We will look at developing a theology of sufficiency, spiritual practices that cultivate generosity, and ways our churches can used by God for the common good in our communities. Led by David Loleng, Director of Church Financial Literacy and Leadership at the Presbyterian Foundation 

C-38 Discussion with Eric Law – This is an opportunity to have further discussion with keynoter Eric Law. Led by Eric Law, Author

C-39 Beach Walk and Clean Up – Join us as we engage in active stewardship of the earth and our bodies. Join a team from Christ United Presbyterian in San Diego as we enjoy the beauty of God’s creation while caring for our bodies and restoring health to the beach. Led by Bret Caslavka, Executive Director of Youth to the Core

C-NA Personal Stewardship Time (Not attending a workshop this block) – Feel free to take this workshop time to have a personal time of sabbath and reflection, or to rest, or to enjoy the beautiful surroundings, or whatever your soul needs.


Workshop Block D – Wednesday, 10:00 – 11:15 AM (choose one)

D-41 Generosity ER: Bringing Life to Your Generosity Program Now! Before It’s Too Late… – Is a vibrant culture of generosity important to you? Would you like to inspire generosity throughout your congregation? Then this is the work shop for you! Please join us as we explore the most effective ways to quickly breathe fresh life into your generosity message and stewardship program. We’ll review the key tenets of inspiring generosity, as well as provide you with actionable strategies you can apply now. Led by Stefanie Marsden, Relationship Manager and Kristi Posewitz, Director of Marketing of the Texas Presbyterian Foundation

D-42 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

D-43 Is There Too Much Power in Too Much Knowledge? – How much should pastors know about their congregants? Is there anything off limits? In this workshop we will explore the benefits and boundaries in a pastor’s knowledge of his or her congregation, with particular focus on financial giving. Is it better to know or not to know? That is the question. Led by Karla Shaw, Pastor of Point Loma Community Presbyterian Church in San Diego

D-44 Practicing Generosity of Body, Mind and Spirit: Forgiveness – The pulse of generosity that runs through all of creation may be as close as your next breath.  How do we tune in and align ourselves, body mind and spirit, with its Source?   This workshop will offer theory and practices of mindfulness that incorporate gentle movement, breath, and meditation, to explore the theme of ‘Forgiveness.’ Led by Cheryl Galan, Interim Executive Presbyter with The Presbytery of Carlisle and Certified Yoga Instructor

D-45 Stewardship and End of Life Issues: Time for some pie? – Our calling to be faithful stewards of God’s resources is a lifelong journey. With the incredible transfer of assets taking place right now, what are you observing? Is there joy by the givers and recipients of these gifts as they come near the end of that journey? Or are you observing anxiety among givers and division among those who receive these gifts? Too often, it is the latter! Based on a ministry developed in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) called, “P.I.E.: Prosper-Invest-Endow: A Recipe for Generosity” and Presbyterian’s “Legacy of A Lifetime,” our presenters will introduce ideas and resources that you can bring to your church: how the use of story and planned giving tools can make this an enriching time both for the person who has the assets and those who will be recipients. Led by Larry Strenge, ELCA and Minner Serovy, Ministry Relations Officer for the Presbyterian Foundation

D-46 Donor-Centered Communications – How to delight your donors – 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, how to ensure your website is user-friendly for those wanting to give, the importance of an annual communication plan, and ideas for telling stories that engage the hearts of your givers. Led by Jennifer Perrow, Senior Generosity Strategist with Generis

D-NA Personal Stewardship Time (Not attending a workshop this block) – Feel free to take this workshop time to have a personal time of sabbath and reflection, or to rest, or to enjoy the beautiful surroundings, or whatever your soul needs.