Upcoming Events

GENEROSITY AGAIN ~ 2020

 

Congregational teams are invited to participate in this seasonal workshop focusing on fall stewardship and end of the year appeals.  The purpose is to follow stewardship’s fall and winter rhythm while taking into account the challenges that have been added to this cyclical ministry and the critical role it plays in living out mission to love God, to grow in community, and to be a community that bears witness to the Risen Christ through word and deed.

 

As was shared in the recent ‘Stewardship and Generosity in Uncertain Times’ workshop, while recession brings hardship, congregations that respond accordingly may reduce the impact of decreased giving while setting the stage for renewed and even increased instances of generosity and giving. 

 

There are many practical benefits to this workshop:

  • Your fall stewardship plan and resources are already developed for you requiring only some customization (i.e., this is turnkey and reduces time spent on these logistics).

  • Some of the best ideas about promoting congregational generosity are shared and reinforced in ways that fit every context.

  • This will not only be a time of imparting stewardship information but forming communities with a key interest in congregational vitality and the awareness of how ‘fundraising’ -or as we say in the church, ‘stewardship’- plays a vital role congregationally and therefore the entire NJ Synod.

  • This information will not be ‘in addition’ to what you are already doing, but mirror if not simplify your fall drive for 2021 and end of year appeal for finishing up 2020.

  • Keeping alert while casting a vision towards God’s abundance and generosity in our midst.

 

How will this work?

We will begin accepting registrations in June and July.  Congregational teams will meet remotely August to December through zoom (six meetings plus one preview).  Additional resources will be supplied through soft-copies and templates.  The workshop leader, Rev. Mike Ward, will supplement with individual congregational consultation should your group desire (additional 1 hour).

 

Who may attend?

Congregational leaders who lead and/or support stewardship ministries in your congregation with their pastor.

 

Is there a cost? 

Yes.  It is $450 per congregational group.  HOWEVER, the first 50 congregations that register will be discounted by $200 per congregation.  This has been made possible through the generosity of your NJ Synod and in partnership with its ‘Excellence in Ministry Unleashed (EMU)’ initiative.  Other funding sources may be available to reduce congregational investment further.  Call/email the Rev. Dean Brown, Assistant to the Bishop, to discuss (732-747-1050/ dbrown@njsynod.org).

REGISTRATION INFORMATION COMING SOON.

STEWARDSHIP and GENEROSITY in Uncertain Times.

(Recorded May 12, 2020)

Dear Generous Soul!

 

Thank you, all, for your participation in the ‘Stewardship and Generosity in Uncertain Times’ workshop offered last Tuesday, May 12 by your NJ Synod.  On behalf of your synod’s office, we were happy to coordinate this event insofar as it supports you in congregational ministry at this time.

 

Without asking for it, I have heard from lay leaders and rostered leaders alike that they found this time to be valuable.  They shared that it helped them think through many of the questions congregational leadership is asking itself right now.  They shared that it demonstrated ways and methods to be most effective -which is merely another word for stewarding one’s God-given time, energy and resources- in our congregational stewardship appeals while growing in being generous congregations for the greater good: being Christ’s body to and for one another and for a world in need.  The mission given us -being Christ’s body raised from the dead that is given ‘daily bread’ while praying to bear God’s compassionate care for others- has been accelerated, and along with it, intensified and sharpened those ways we proclaim the gospel while serving our neighbor in need.  Thanks be to God for your faithfulness!

 

If you missed this workshop, or, if you wanted to share it with congregational leadership, your stewardship team and/or simply review it yourself – you may do so by following this link here.  Slides that accompany part of the workshop may be found through this link as well.

 

Stories of generosity and resourcefulness abound.  I know that the New Jersey Synod continues to receive Mission Support from its congregations making events such as this one possible, and, for which I give profound thanks and extend to you.

 

God’s Light illumine our way forward, and God’s Word bring meaningful hope to those whose spirit is faint.

 

In Christ,

Rev. Dean R. Brown

 

Are you wondering if and how to speak about generosity and stewardship at a time such as this? Are you a pastor or congregational leader wrestling with what to say, or, how to make invitations to recognize and live out of God’s abundance not only in certain times but uncertain ones as well? Perhaps even especially now? If we’re honest and for most of us, if not all of us who serve the church in these ways, the answer is ‘yes.’ 

For this reason, your Synod has made arrangements to hold a free workshop via Zoom on Tuesday, May 12 at 1pm.  This will be a 40-minute (give or take) presentation by Rev. Mike Ward, a highly sought-after development consultant. It will then be followed by a Q & A time featuring you!

 

The Rev. Mike Ward has served as both a parish pastor and VP of Advancement at the denominational camps in the Southeast Unites States. He is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and author of ‘Abundance: Creating a Culture of Generosity.’ And, he is a partner at GSB Fundraising whose mission is strengthening organizations through teaching and encouraging generous giving. While living in the Southeastern part of the country, Mike is a widely traveled speaker on this topic who is originally from this area (Valley Forge, PA) and who grew up vacationing at the Jersey Shore. Mike has provided consulting services and workshops from First Call Theological retreat settings, to synods and congregations, to Cross Roads Camp and Retreat Center, and, the Retreat Center at Wildwood as well.

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