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, 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 a life of generosity.  Led by Olanda Carr, Senior Ministry Relations Officer, Presbyterian Foundation.

A-12 Growing Healthy Stewards – This workshop will explore opportunities to grow as a steward leader by listening to God, self, and one another. We will practice active listening strategies for nurturing giving relationships, examine the concept of whole-person stewardship, and tools for embracing a coaching model to support growing healthy stewards and disciples.  Led by Tammy Devine, ELCA Coaching Coordinator for Stewardship and Discipleship

A-13 Reaching the Spiritual Discipline of Generosity in New and Emerging Faith Communities – As much as we want to believe that individuals are naturally generous, that doesn’t mean that we know how to “give.” The behavior of generous, empathetic giving through time, talent, and treasure must be modeled and taught. This workshop will train you to model the behavior of giving that will help your church thrive, and will provide strategies for coaching people in a habit of giving that is both natural and faith affirming.  Presented by John Moore, Mission Engagement Advisor, Presbyterian Mission Agency

A-14 Five Disciplines of Financially Thriving Churches – There are important best practices in developing generous churches, but there are overarching disciplines consistently found in thriving churches of all sizes. Get updates on key factors that impact generosity, and practical examples of disciplines critical to your generosity development plan. Participants will receive supplemental material to support implementation in your church.  Presented by  Joe Park, CEO of Horizons Stewardship.

A-15 Jumping Over Hurdles: Building a Community of Generosity – Examine five hurdles that cause problems for local congregations: lack of trust, lack of resources (human and monetary), previous history, and a stagnant giving base. Attendees will be lead through a close look at their current generosity and stewardship program and will leave with concrete suggestions for how to overcome the obstacles they face. Led by Jake Wilson, Relationship Manager at the Texas Presbyterian Foundation.

A-16 Planned Giving: A Theological Understanding – Taking a holistic approach to giving is a process into inviting others into a relationship with their resources and God through giving. Planned giving should be seen as an holistic approach of different types of giving in different seasons of life as a reflection of faith. This workshop explores a theological understanding of planned giving as a part of holistic stewardship.  Led by Rev. Dr. John Eggen, Director of Gift Planning, ELCA Foundation.

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 Planned Giving 101 – In this workshop we will explore the basics of  planned giving programs, including: fundamentals every congregation should have in place to support legacy programs, the information church leadership needs to know about different planned gift types, how best to ask for planned gifts,and more!   Led by Karl Mattison, Vice President of Planned Giving Resources for the Presbyterian Foundation

B-22 Coaching the Habit of Giving – As much as we want to believe that individuals are naturally generous, that doesn’t mean that we know how to “give.” The behavior of generous, empathetic giving through time, talent, and treasure must be modeled and taught. This workshop will train you to model the behavior of giving that will help your church thrive, and will provide strategies for coaching people in a habit of giving that is both natural and faith affirming.  Presented by Rev. Dr. Rob Hagan, Ministry Relations Officer with the Presbyterian Foundation.

B-23 Building Stewardship Through a Focus on Ministry Strengths – 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 Ellie Johns-Kelley, Ministry Relations Officer for the Presbyterian Foundation

B-24 Talking to Children About Stewardship – How do we talk to children about stewardship in a world of technology, online giving, and changing habits around “regular” church attendance. What strategies can we use to teach and demonstrate the act of stewardship without rejecting the world as it is today? This workshop will explore the challenges of teaching stewardship to children in language and habits that make sense for them.  Led by Bryce Wiebe of the Presbyterian Mission Agency

B-25 The Whole Story: Inspiring Generosity – 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 Rick Young, President of the Texas Presbyterian Foundation.

B-26 Discussion with Tod Bolsinger – This is an opportunity to have further discussion with keynote speaker Tod Bolsinger.  Rev. Dr. Tod Bolsinger is the author of Canoeing the Mountains and Tempered Resiliance.

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 Giving as a Spiritual DisciplineRichard Foster once said, “The desperate need today is not for a greater number of intelligent people, or gifted people, but for deep people.” Spiritual disciplines are habits, practices, and experiences that are designed to develop, grow, and strengthen our knowledge of Christ and help us to become more like Christ.  Giving is a spiritual discipline. We will explore what it means to give sacrificially, joyfully, voluntarily, and persistently through pledging, tithing, planning, and budgeting. Led by Deborah Rexrode, Associate for Stewardship, Presbytery of the James.

C-32 Introduction to Endowments – What exactly is an endowment and how might your church benefit from encouraging endowed giving? This workshop will cover the basics of what exactly an endowment is, what an endowment is not, how endowments are managed, and the value they offer the long-term life of a church. Learn how to have legacy conversations in your church that explain the benefits of having endowed funds, and how to use those funds to keep your organization strong. Led by Olanda Carr, Senior Ministry Relations Officer at the Presbyterian Foundation

C-33 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

C-34 Stewardship After the Gift – After a Church receives gifts from its people, the responsibility for good stewardship shifts to the Church. When the Church handles money well, we honor God and the people who give. When we handle it poorly, we dishonor God as well as the people giving to God’s church. In this workshop, we’ll briefly discuss the practical theory of what it means to run a church with healthy finances and then go in-depth on tactics and tips of how to put the theory into action for churches of all sizes – small to large – from policies to weekly routines to financial reporting and controls. Co-presented by Rev. Joseph Moore, Ministry Relations Officer with the Presbyterian Foundation, and Mark Stauffer, retired financial professional and church treasurer.

C-35 Generating Generous People – In a culture that is increasingly more tribal, a posture and practice of generosity is needed more than ever. Generosity comes from an openness that is founded in grace. Such grace generate curiosity, authenticity, vulnerability, and a posture of gratitude, Congregations founded in such values generate people who generously share, generously give, and generously cultivate more generous households, neighborhoods, and communities. Discover the theological core of generosity, practical ways to cultivate the values of grace, and tools for sharing the vision of generosity.  Led by Justin Spurlock, Pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church, Presbytery of Denver, Colorado.

C-36 Discussion with Aimee Laramore – This is an opportunity to have further discussion with keynote speaker Aimee Laramore, professor, philanthropic facilitator, and fundraising consultant.

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 Policies and Procedures for Managing Your Planned Giving Program  – Help build confidence in your planned giving program by having clear policies that help explain how donor’s gifts will be managed and used. Policies provide consistency for your program as leadership may change, and over time. What policies do you need to have, what are the best practices for managing your planned giving program, and what are the things that are just nice to have. We will explore all of this!  Led by Ellie Johns-Kelley, Ministry Relations Officer from the Presbyterian Foundation

D-42 Tithing is Not Just for Individuals – What does it mean to be a tithing congregation and what impact can it have on your church? Come hear the personal story of the transformation that happened when First Presbyterian became a tithing church. We saw how God can provide increase when we do our part, and the lessons that can be shared through generosity. Led by Rick Hague, Elder and Pastor Scott Prouty

D-43 From 1st Steps to Launch: Giving Campaigns for Beginners – In this workshop participants will learn to build a stewardship team and operating budget campaign by 1) grounding in the core values of God’s call to wholesome stewardship, 2) translating the core values into unique context, and 3) building a campaign practice that cultivates stewardship understanding and competence over he years.  Led by Suzan Hawkinson,  Pastor, 1st Presbyterian Church of Deerfield, Illinois.

D-44 Separating Church Finances and Stewardship – Too often our tendency is to relegate stewardship to the activity that will raise next year’s budget. This is completely understandable, as we feel the urgency of ensuring we can meet the budget. However, this greatly restricts the rich development possible with a true engagement with spiritual discipline and growth. We need to give both church finances and stewardship dedicated attention. Led by Rene Myers, Mission Engagement Advisor with the Presbyterian Mission Agency.

D-45 Seasons of Stewardship – What would it look like if we experienced “seasons of stewardship” instead of a “stewardship season?” Seasons of stewardship would happen throughout the entire year much like the seasons of our planet where one season prepares us for the next, and we reap the harvest in one season that were planted and nurtured in seasons earlier. Gain a new perspective of what year-round stewardship means and how to implement that approach. Led by Deborah Rexrode, Associate for Stewardship, Presbytery of the James

D-46 Discussion with Rev. Brandi Casto-Waters – During this time you will have the opportunity to continue the conversation started in the plenary session with Rev. Brandi Casto-Waters.

D-47 Growing Your Endowment: A Planned Giving Campaign? – Congregations are accustomed to developing support for special projects through a capital campaign. What about a campaign specifically to develop new planned gifts in a congregation? This workshop shares best practices of congregations and organizations that effectively include planned gifts in capital campaigns, and examples of stand-alone planned giving campaigns.  Led by Rev. Dr. John Eggen, Director of Gift Planning at the ELCA Foundation.

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.