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Previous Themes:

2007-2008

I have called you friends.

2005–2006
Generations of Generosity.

2004–2005
Go and See… a discovery
and celebration of the gifts
God has given.

2003–2004
Let God Lead…
As you Gather and Give.

2002–2003
Remember,
All–Year–Long Giving—
A Perpetual Celebration.

Stewardship -- Speakers Bureau

Are you planning a stewardship event and looking for speakers? Many talented and experienced Christians have already been leaders at ELCIC Synod events. The following workshops and leaders are recommended for your event. Some of these people are also willing to serve as keynote speakers.

Please contact these leaders directly to discuss your needs, their availability and to arrange any necessary finances.

You Want What?! A 43% increase in one year? You're joking!

In 2001, parish leadership at the Church of the Redeemer in Toronto faced some uncomfortable choices about ministry and the financial health of the parish. This workshop will discuss the stewardship education process the committee put themselves through, how and why the parish leadership made the decision to ask for a 43% increase in envelope givings in one year, the principles they adopted in communicating with the parish, and share some of the practical ideas they adopted throughout the year. Finally they will talk about the opportunities still to come and what steps they plan to adopt in the coming year to create a community of cheerful givers.

The Rev Andrew Asbil is Rector, Church of the Redeemer, Toronto.

Peter Bennett is a member at Church of the Redeemer and on the Stewardship Education Committee there.

Toronto

Peter Bennett
email
416.366.2971 ext 213

The Rev Andrew Asbil
email
416.922.4948


Values-Based Estate Planning: Overcoming the Barriers to Giving

There are reasons why people don't give, and there are reasons why people don't give more. This workshop offers ideas for donors who want to take a different approach to money. It will also appeal to those who solicit charitable gifts, by introducing a planning approach that helps people unlock the possibility of giving more, in a manner that is consistent with their values. If you are looking for "allied professionals" to assist in stewardship, capital, or planned giving programs, check out this workshop to see what role they can play.

Peter Bennett is a Financial Planner with Freedom 55 Financial

Toronto

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416.366.2971 ext 213


Planetary Citizen, Servant of Earth

Given the grid of interactions we today call globalization, our economic interactions—simply from how we live, what we eat and what we wear, to our investments, even our work—can have an impact on bodies a world away and on the planet as an ecological system. Repeatedly, we hear of two significant impacts of the western way of life—ecological collapse and the growing chasm between rich and poor. While we recognize our call to care for the earth and to hear the cry of suffering bodies, most of our economic interactions transpire in an ethical blur. This workshop attempts to open out an awareness of our ethical reach so that we as Christians can begin to reclaim our lives as servants of the earth.

Rev Dr. Sharon Betcher is an ordained minister of the ELCIC currently serving on the faculty of the Vancouver School of Theology.

Vancouver

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Those Other Two "T"s

Imagine having a chest full of money. Can you see yourself telling people that you don't have time to spend it? Probably not. Apply this scenario to a chest full of your personal talents rather than dollars. Do you sometimes tell people that you don't have time to spend this particular treasure? Probably. This workshop will explore practical ways to celebrate the other two "Ts" - time and talent. Find out how you can uncover and develop talent, set realistic volunteer expectations and inspire people to spend their time and talent in service to others. How have you spent your talent lately?

Karen Bjerland is Vice-President, Member and Field Services, Lutheran Life Insurance Society of Canada

Kitchener, ON

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www.lutheranlife.ca



How to Ask for Money

This workshop will explore the key ingredients of fundraising and the essential elements of the "ask". The workshop is designed for volunteers who have a "fear of fundraising" and are looking for practical methods of reducing the stress of asking for significant contributions to their cause.

Peter Bjerland is President, Lutherwood Child and Family Foundation and has over twenty years experience in development work. Peter is also equipped to address other areas of fundraising.

Kitchener, ON

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Increasing Giving in an Effective Church

Drawing on the points of a video by American Church Researcher, George Barna, this session will examine practical strategies for growing giving in our churches.

Tom Brook is Stewardship Consultant for the SK Synod.

Regina

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What Does the Bible Say About Stewardship?

The majority of Jesus' parables are about stewardship. Jesus knew himself in the context of the Hebrew scriptures. How do we apply these understandings of stewardship to our radically different world?

The Rt Rev William G. Burrill has retired as Bishop of Rochester, Episcopal Church in the USA. Rev Burrill's honorarium is $1000.00 plus expenses.

Arizona

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Sabbath Time

People talk about going away to find themselves. Who are you when you find yourself? People take workshops to "learn to value what's important". What is important to you? Some people warn against confusing vacation and sabbatical, but perhaps you've managed to do both. We love telling the stories of our sabbatical years. Have you had sabbath time or a sabbatical? In our culture, time is a challenge. People agree there's never enough. How might you live sabbath time?

Marcus Busch, Social Work Consultant with Edmonton Public Schools, signed up for the Deferred Salary Leave Plan when he started with the school board almost 20 years ago. Margaret Sadler works as a freelance consultant in instructional design, writing, and editing. They've spent a year volunteering in a church-run school in Nayoro, Hokkaido, Japan, and another year volunteering through Volunteers in Mission with the Lutheran World Federation country program in Mauritania, West Africa. Together, Marcus and Margaret are saving up for their third deferred salary leave and look forward to sabbatical time-volunteering outside their usual circles to find hidden resources, to broaden horizons, and to deepen connections with people. Actually, they are more in pursuit of life abundant than simply living.

Edmonton

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Discerning and Using the Gifts of Your Members

God has gifted each of us with special abilities and interests. In this workshop you will experience tools that will show you, as a leader of your congregation, how to identify the gifts of your members and match them with appropriate ministries.

Barb Fast is the ELCIC National Stewardship Coordinator and serves on her congregation's stewardship committee.

Winnipeg

email
204.984.9153

 

The Theology of Money

Until we grapple more with money as a theological subject, all the talk we do about time, talents and treasure will be meaningless. This workshop will look at money—the way we treat it in church, and the messages we send by that treatment.

The Most Rev Douglas Hambidge was the senior Archbishop in the Anglican Church of Canada when he retired in 1993. He has held numerous leadership positions in the Anglican Church at the local, national and international lever, including 6 years as a member of the Anglican Consultative Council.

Delta, BC

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Socially Responsible Investing

Does it matter how you invest your RRSP or what companies your pension plan owns? In an age where there is an Enron or Worldcom-like headline every day and hundreds of thousands of child-slaves are employed by factories supplying the stores where you shop, what is a proper Christian response? Take some time to see what the Bible says on this important topic and find out how you can align your investments with your social, ethical and environmental beliefs without sacrificing financial performance.

Gary Hawton is Chief Executive Officer for Meritas Mutual Funds

Cambridge, ON

email
519.624.6767
www.meritas.ca

 

Discovering Your Gifts and the Joy of Service

This workshop can be developed in two ways depending on the needs of the church. As an actual gifts testing workshop where those attending look at their passions, spiritual gifts and personal style in preparation for serving in Gods community OR as a seminar on the importance of helping people discover, develop and use their spiritual gifts that also looks at some of the tools available and how they can be used.

Mary Ann Hayes is Director of Community Life at Grace Lutheran Church

Victoria, BC

email
250.384.1621

 

Servants - The Foundation of Christian Community

This information can be shared as a "keynote address" for Stewardship Dinners or as a workshop where we explore together the issues of "recruitment", "management" and "recognition" of those who serve.

Mary Ann Hayes is Director of Community Life at Grace Lutheran Church

Victoria, BC

email
250.384.1621

 

Servants or Volunteers—Which One Are We?

This address focuses on the theme of changing our thinking in the church from the world's term of volunteering to Christ's term of servanthood.

Mary Ann Hayes is Director of Community Life at Grace Lutheran Church

Victoria, BC

email
250.384.1621

 

Stewardship: By Grace Alone?

Stewardship is often presented as earning a blessing or doing our duty. How might we talk about stewardship as God's gracious call to new life in the Gospel?

The Rev Dr. Robert Kelly is Professor of Systematic Theology, Waterloo Lutheran Seminary Dr. Kelly would also be happy to develop new material for groups depending on their needs. His honorarium is a donation to Waterloo Lutheran Seminary and travel expenses.

Waterloo, ON

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Stewardship…It's a Way of Life

Stewardship is everything we do after we say, "I believe." Effective year-round stewardship is rooted in the understanding that stewardship for individuals and congregations is a way of life.

Lorraine Kalis is the ABT Synod Stewardship Consultant and a lay leader at Ascension Lutheran Church in Edmonton.

Edmonton

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Stewardship, The Next Generation

In the 1950s there were bigger families, bigger budgets, new buildings and new programs. After 1975 the birth rate plummeted, church membership declined, costs rose, budgets crept up and Synod incomes went flat. At the same time the national church benevolence dollars began a downward slope. What can the average congregation do in the face of these trends? This workshop seeks to address the current climate of giving and the options for stewardship in congregations today and in the future. It is about 45 minutes long and concludes with "Six Essential Elements of Stewardship", items that each congregation could use now to enhance their financial stewardship picture.

Dave Magnuson-Ford served congregations in BC and Manitoba for 15 years before beginning a Doctorate in Ministry Program in Stewardship Studies. Practical experience and academic training have enhanced his knowledge of stewardship within the church. In the last 10 years he has assisted congregations, synods and national church organizations as a consultant. He has been a workshop leader, a speaker, assisted congregations in visitation programs and capital campaign feasibility studies. After serving as a deployed national staff person for the United Church In Canada in planning giving and a major gifts officer for the University of Manitoba; he is now the campaign director for a hospital foundation that is raising $11 million for an addition to their facility.

Winnipeg

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Home: 204.253.9882 Work: 204.477.3414 Cell: 204.479.9646


Money in Story: Narrative Budgets

A narrative budget is a wonderful way to show how people give through the church, not just to the church. It tells an ongoing story of what is being accomplished in your ministries and answers parishioners' questions about how donations are used.

Find out about an easy-to-use Toolkit that includes:

  • a PowerPoint presentation for your parish meetings
  • sample text files for your parish brochures and bulletins
  • an instructional template showing how you can allocate parish expenses
  • sample pie chart and graphics
  • a user-friendly template that you can use to plug in your own figures

Jim Newman is Parish Planning Consultant, Diocese of Niagara, Anglican Church of Canada

Hamilton, ON

email
905.527.1316 ext. 420


Teaching People How to Give

This workshop will address 3 basic questions that many people have about giving: Why Should I Give? How Much Should I Give? How Should I Give? The essence of the workshop has to do with helping people to understand the relationship between giving and spiritual growth.

The Rev Canon Dr. Harold Percy is Rector and Director of the Centre for Congregational Development, Trinity Anglican Church Streetsville. Dr. Percy also leads a one-day workshop entitled "How To Preach About Money…without having to leave town".

Streetsville, ON

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Preaching Stewardship

Preaching stewardship requires balance and sensitivity. This session will provide insights and encouragement for proclaiming the Gospel messages of God's great blessing and gifts and how to call the faithful to respond appropriately.

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Peterson is retired from a busy life of study, parish leadership, and work at synod and national level for the ELCIC in the areas of worship, stewardship, evangelism and communication. He is now on the Board of LutherCare Communities.

Saskatoon

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Stewards in the Public Square

Christians often think of stewardship as what Christians do in churches. But what does stewardship mean for our public life together? …our political process? …the social responsibility of corporations? …the role of voluntary organizations? This workshop will discuss how stewardship serves the public interest and the common good. Churches have historically supported a wider sense of public stewardship in Canada. What might such stewardship in the public square look like in the future?

The Rev Dr. David Pfrimmer is Director of the Lutheran Office of Public Policy, ELCIC

Waterloo, ON

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The Names of Money

Based on a 1990s United Church video of the same name, this workshop will assist people to think about money in Christian terms; to see that money is a normal part of life and that talking about money in the church is okay.

The Ven. Michael Pollesel is Stewardship Education Coordinator for the Diocese of Ontario, Anglican Church of Canada.

Oxford Station, ON

email
613.258.0673

 

Stewardship 101: Building Blocks for Parish Stewardship

This workshop will assist parishes in setting up a practical, year-round approach to stewardship in the parish. We'll start from scratch and look at the 'target' audience, along with the steps to follow in getting the process off the ground at the local level.

The Ven. Michael Pollesel is Stewardship Education Coordinator for the Diocese of Ontario, Anglican Church of Canada.

Oxford Station, ON

email
613.258.0673

 

Your Sacred Stewardship Story

It is possible to create a culture in parishes where a spirituality of stewardship is part of the fabric of parish life. We all have our own sacred story of God's abundant care in our lives. Nurturing a culture of stewardship in your parish must start with embracing this wonderful truth and claiming it. In this workshop the leader will encourage participants to reflect on their own sacred story. Discussion on sharing our stories.

The Rev David Ponting is Director of Stewardship & Financial Development, Director of Outreach, Diocese of Niagara, Anglican Church of Canada

Hamilton, ON

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An Introduction to Parish-Based Planned Giving

In May 2002, the Anglican Diocese of Niagara launched a comprehensive parish-based planned giving program to its 109 parishes. To date, over 50 parishes have identified and trained their own Parish Planned Giving Representative. In this workshop, the leader provides an introduction to planned giving and discusses its important role in funding parish ministry. The second part of the workshop introduces the Niagara program and materials to workshop participants. Questions and discussion welcomed.

The Rev David Ponting is Director of Stewardship & Financial Development, Director of Outreach, Diocese of Niagara, Anglican Church of Canada

Hamilton, ON

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The ABC's of Lutheran Planned Giving

A spirited look at planned giving. What does it have to do with stewardship? Why should a congregation talk to its members about wills, life insurance and annuities? This workshop will answer your questions, explain how you can get started and leave you with resources you can use in your congregation

Jeff Pym is Director of Lutheran Planned Giving (LPG) for the ELCIC.

Burlington, ON

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Preaching Stewardship

This workshop will look at the potential for preaching on stewardship in one or more upcoming lectionary texts. Participants will look closely at some preaching texts, reflect on them theologically and begin to develop concrete preaching ideas for integrating stewardship concerns into their Sunday to Sunday ministry of preaching the gospel.

The Rev Dr. David Schnasa Jacobsen is Associate Professor of Homiletics, Waterloo Lutheran Seminary

Waterloo, ON

email
519.884.1970 ext 3493


Grace Works: Congregational Visioning and Setting Ministry Goals

Parish visioning, goal setting, objectives and budgets: the why and the how. Nurturing both the Pastor and the people to enable them to serve God with more completeness in joy and faith. See how through organization and empowerment the people of a parish are free to serve God with all the energy and gifts he has given them

Rev Shirley Stockdill is the Stewardship Development Officer for the Anglican Diocese of New Westminster, Anglican Church of Canada. Shirley comes with a background in parish ministry and experience with senior management in not-for-profit fundraising.

Vancouver

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Doing It At Leaside United Church

How one congregation goes about teaching, learning and ordering their life so that everyone can grow in their understanding and practice of personal and corporate stewardship. It is a life, faith and money journey.

Wm. Ralph Taylor is Minister at Leaside United Church, Toronto

Toronto

email
416.425.1253 or 416.491.6897
www.leaside.org


Year-Round Stewardship

A comprehensive look at a congregational stewardship program. Topics include:

  1. What do you think of when you hear the word Stewardship?
  2. Pastoral Leadership/The Role of the Pastor
  3. Laity as Stewards
  4. The Stewardship Leader
  5. The Stewardship Team
  6. Year-Round Stewardship Calendar
  7. Signposts of a Financially Healthy Congregation

Jim Thomas is Stewardship Consultant for the MNO Synod and lay leader at Faith Lutheran Church in Winnipeg.

Winnipeg

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Parish Families in Financial Meltdown

Of particular interest to clergy, this workshop will assist participants to identify helpful pastoral responses to families experiencing personal financial crisis. Using a case study approach we will examine a variety of real life scenarios. This will enable participants to increase awareness of their own responses to financial crises and to develop strategies to help parishioners face and deal with the financial issues in their lives.

The Very Rev Peter Wall is Rector at Christ's Church Cathedral and Dean of the Diocese of Niagara, Anglican Church of Canada

Hamilton, ON

email
905.527.1316 ext. 240


Unpacking Biblical Reflection on Stewardship

The Bible is a wonderful repository of stewardship stories. Together we will look at some of these stories and themes and various ways of exploring and reflecting on them. Participants should bring a Bible to the session.

The Very Rev Peter Wall is Rector at Christ's Church Cathedral and Dean of the Diocese of Niagara, Anglican Church of Canada

Hamilton, ON

email
905.527.1316 ext. 240


Year Round Stewardship in the Congregation

The importance of knowing why people do or do not actively participate in or contribute to their congregations. "Why do some congregations seem so vibrant and successful?" "What makes them tick?" Once we know the why, we need to address the how. "How do we translate the needs into actions?" "What are the processes or tools that can be used?"

John Wolff is the BC Synod Stewardship Consultant and a lay leader at King of Life Lutheran church in Coquitlam.

Coquitlam, BC

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