Keeping Stewardship Strong in Uncertain Times
Worship services cancelled; 'social distancing'; businesses closed; 'Stay at Home' orders from the government; finding new ways to minister to people with ongoing needs.
Life has changed dramatically in the last few weeks and that change is still unfolding. In the midst of this change, people are needing the peace and comfort provided by faith in God. At the same time, as our normal patterns are upended and the nation is struggling economically, we worry about financial resources for our ministries. It is critically important now that we Church leaders focus on how we tell our story of impact, how we invite people to generosity, and how we envision a future where our congregations are more important and vital than ever.
Fortunately, because of the Thrive! Mission Campaign, we can provide some helpful guidance. Our consultant, Rev. Mike Ward, CFRE, a Partner at GSB Fundraising and author of Abundance: Creating Cultures of Generosity, will offer a one-hour virtual opportunity to explore keeping stewardship strong in uncertain times.
Join us on Thursday, April 2nd, from 3-4 PM, for a one-hour virtual workshop with Mike. He will share tangible ideas for responding during this crisis and help you put in place the infrastructure to keep generosity flowing to your congregations. Mike will also point out messaging that you should avoid during this time. A portion of the program will be dedicated to questions from participants. This workshop is suggested for pastors, stewardship leaders, council members and others engaged in congregational leadership.
- The workshop meeting is being held on ZOOM. To join the meeting by computer or tablet, Click here.
- When prompted, type in the Meeting ID, which is: 675 647 239
- In lieu of using a computer, you may dial in on your phone at: 646-558-8656. You will also likely be prompted to input the meeting ID shown above.
Additional resources from Mike and GSB about responding to this crisis are also available at:
This support is being brought about through the generosity of those who have already given to the Thrive Mission Campaign which, despite being postponed for now, remains more important than ever in helping the Synod help you. Please watch for further updates.