Nurturing Generous Living

Generosity is a matter of action, intentions, and heart. . . It is the grateful outpouring of gifts to others, out of our love for God.

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Stewardship: What’s New in the Toolbox? Annual Campaign Helps for You!

Will your church be planning an annual campaign this year? If so, have you looked at some of the new resources that are available? If not, there are some simple ideas that you might want to try that could increase giving in 2015!

Thursday, May 15, 2014
6:30 p.m., Central Daylight Time
Presenter: Ken Sloane, GBOD


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Offertory Prayers and Invitation for May 2014

Gracious and holy God, as we make this offering to you this morning, help us to keep our lives focused on you.


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United Methodist Planned Giving School (East Ohio)

A two-day Regional Planned Giving School is being sponsored by the General Board of Discipleship and East Ohio United Methodist Foundation. It will be held April 30-May 1, 2014, at the Strongsville United Methodist Church just outside of Cleveland. This is a great learning opportunity for local United Methodist pastors and other leaders promoting planned giving in the church.


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April Generous Living Newsletter

I can’t tell you how much we appreciate the affirmations received regarding the Generous Living e-newsletter.  We continually strive to make each issue a blessing to the work you do as leaders in your local setting, AND this month we introduce a bright, new template!


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Offertory Prayers and Invitation for April 2014

God of our deepest joys and Alleluias!  You continue to bring life out of death and hope out of despair! May the joy of this morning, of the triumph of the Resurrection, empower us in our living out of these tasks and in our generosity to support others who serve in our name.


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Send Quarterly Statements That Make the Right Statement!

Ken Sloane, Director of Stewardship and Connectional Ministries, offers seven things to consider when designing and sending out quarterly statements that will help tell your church's story and encourage generosity in your congregation.


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Review of “Fearless Church Fundraising: The Practical and Spiritual Approach to Stewardship”

In this rich resource -- part handbook, part workbook, part spiritual guidebook -- former monk and popular speaker and consultant Charles LaFond combines road-tested strategies, technological know-how and sample compaign documents with a spiritual director's sensitivity. The result is an irresistible, user-friendly text that promises to transform your ministry's fundraising and its spiritual life.


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New Member Formation

This excerpt from the book Don't Shoot the Horse 'Til You Know How to Drive the Tractor explores ways to challenge and provide opportunities for congregations to invite new members into living generously.


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April 16, 2014
Safe Sanctuaries for Camps and Retreats – Part One

This is the first of a very important two part series on implementing Safe Sanctuaries abuse prevention policies and procedures within camp and retreat experiences and settings. This training is for local church leaders who do camps and retreats as well as leaders serving at Camp and Retreat Centers. Providing a safe environment for children, youth, and vulnerable adults who participate along with the training of leaders who provide the camps and retreats is a fundamental act of love. This initial webinar highlights key aspects of screening, selection, and preparation in abuse prevention for leaders who provide camp and retreat experiences. A second webinar will be upcoming that covers specific content areas for developing abuse prevention policies and procedures.

Date: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Time: 11:00 am, Central Daylight Time

Duration: 1 hour
Presenters: Melanie Gordon, Kevin Witt