In many congregations, the word “stewardship” is used only during annual pledge campaigns. Yet stewardship involves our whole lives: every activity, every day. The annual campaign is simply one tool to inspire generosity. Congregations thrive spiritually and financially when they follow a comprehensive, year-round plan for teaching financial stewardship and generosity.
You are invited to explore these concepts and learn the six core elements of year-round financial stewardship and generosity. This workshop is led by financial advisor, pastor and fundraiser Michael Erwin.
- articulate a spiritual basis for encouraging greater generosity.
- name the six core elements of year-round financial stewardship and generosity.
- use the three key measurements of generosity in your congregation.
- establish a plan for an effective annual pledge campaign.
- evaluate the effectiveness of the year-round program.
Committed to the idea that a church can love its neighbors more if it has more money, Rev. Michael Erwin helps congregations increase generosity, raise money and build capacity for ministry. With more than 20 years’ experience as an ordained minister and six years as a professional fundraiser, Erwin has led churches of all sizes to increase the response to their annual pledge campaigns and to invest in their long-term futures through endowments.
This luncheon workshop is 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (Central time) Thursday, May 5, 2016 in Evansville. The cost is $10. Fee includes lunch, conversation and a copy of the book A Spirituality of Fundraising by Henri Nouwen. This workshop is limited to Indiana congregations.