The Changing Landscape of Faith and Giving

The Changing Landscape of Faith and Giving

msYou’ve probably felt the change in the way money is raised and handled in your congregation. Changing cultural mindsets have brought about new and evolving practices. Join Melissa Spas from the Lake Institute on Faith and Giving as she addresses the changes in giving that impact your congregation. Spas explores the recent National Study of Congregations’ Economic Practices, which provides information about how U.S. congregations are dealing with money and how this intersects with individual trends. 


What you'll learn

In this workshop, you’ll discover practical tools, as well as time to design and plan an experiment for your congregation that can encourage generosity and celebrate faithful giving. 

By the end of this workshop, you will:

  • understand your congregation’s financial circumstance relative to the trends of U.S. congregations.
  • have a broadened definition of generosity.
  • possess the tools to analyze your congregation’s religious giving.



About the presenter

Melissa Spas is the managing director of education and engagement for the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving. She joined the staff of the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy in 2016, having spent two years developing new initiatives and strategic partnerships for Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs in Bloomington. Melissa has worked for Leadership Education at Duke Divinity, where she contributed to the development, design, and delivery of strategic leadership programs and resources for Christian institutions


When and where

This workshop is 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (Eastern time) Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at Christ the Savior Lutheran in Fishers. The cost is $30 per person. When congregational teams of three or more register together, the cost is discounted to $25 per person. This fee includes continental breakfast, lunch and a copy of the book Kitchen Table Giving. 

Workshops limited to Indiana congregations.


How can you maximize your learning in this workshop and others? Check out this Center for Congregations article, "Getting the Most from an Education Event."