FOR YEAR-ROUND STEWARDSHIP:
Speak Ye First The
Kingdom of Heaven:
Provision as the Starting Point for Stewardship
Leader: The Rev.
Date: Monday, October 9, 2006
Time: 7:00 pm Eastern (one
-- 6:00 Central, 5:00 Mountain, 4:00
Are you tired of your traditional stewardship
program? There are many ways
to look at stewardship both theologically and practically. This one-hour class will introduce you to a refreshingly
different way to approach the topic of money and giving in your
congregation. It is
narrative-based: telling the
story of God's promise to provide for God's people, and telling the
stories of how we ourselves have experienced that loving provision in our
own lives and in the life of our congregation. Anyone, lay or
ordained, can be the “point person” for this program in your
congregation – they just need to be able to speak of the abundant ways
in which God has gifted them, and be eager to help others do the
explore some practical ways you can help your members
God's abundant provision
aware of that experience
finally, tell the story of their experience -- with deep
with your people a bit of the Kingdom of Heaven in a way that is
meaningful to them, and spiritual and financial growth will follow.
Kamila Blessing has been an Episcopal priest since 1984 and has
served as rector and intentional interim during the years since. In
addition, she is a specialist in organizational systems analysis, conflict
management, and healthy parish communication patterns. She is a
licensed mediator. She earned a Ph.D. in Information Science from
the University of Pittsburgh in 1977.
has been particularly successful in stewardship, raising offerings from 8%
to 164% in various parishes throughout the US. Her unique program,
"Manna-fest: Welcome to God's Table" has been applied
successfully in parishes of all sizes and of many different
theological orientations. It is based on the premise that the Greek
word for stewardship refers to God's total plan for the provision and
fulfillment of the world God created, most especially expressed in the
Incarnation. Stewardship is not "giving money"; it is the
Explaining your Ministries through
(Tools for Year-round Stewardship)
Leader: Mike Stephenson
Date: Offered in
Time: 7:00 pm
Eastern (one hour teleclass) --
6:00 Central, 5:00 Mountain, 4:00 Pacific
(first time offering)
to recent research about religious giving, there is a substantial
relationship between people’s understanding of why they give and how
much they give. When parishioners don’t understand how their gifts of
time, talent, and treasure enable ministry, they tend to give less of
each, especially treasure.
of the most effective tools for stewardship education is narrative
budgeting, a process for explaining how contributions of time and money
translate into ministry throughout the congregation and community.
It offers both quantitative and qualitative presentations to describe the
ways in which lives are transformed through worship, pastoral care,
Christian formation, outreach, hospitality, and fellowship.
class is for people who want to:
|learn how a narrative budget can be a key
means of stewardship education|
drafting a narrative budget for their congregation|
In Session 1 (September 20) we'll look at the
narrative budget as a tool for year-round education about the church's
many churches, most parishioners are not aware of the breadth and depth of
time and energy that people so freely give. Narrative budgeting can help
you describe and recognize their valuable contributions. Assignments
will be given for work in preparation for Session 2.
2 (September 27) will show you how to assess and describe the ways in
which all of your congregation's resources support its ministries.
For example, do you know what percentage of your congregation’s total
resources (clergy, staff, building, administrative, etc.) are used to
pastoral care? You'll get worksheets and other tools for determining
how and what to include in these and other ministry areas. By
the end of Session 2, you'll have the knowledge and basic information you
need to develop your congregation’s narrative budget.
budgeting can make a real difference in the ways you talk about ministry,
and in that capacity is one of the most effective ways to increase giving.
It is an educational tool, however, not an accounting one, and you can
assure your treasurer that it does not replace the regular budgeting
Stephenson is canon for development for the Episcopal Diocese of
Chicago, where he is responsible for diocesan financial development
programs, including a major endowment initiative, the annual Bishop’s
Appeal, and the stewardship of current and prospective donors. He also
provides assistance to clergy and congregations in stewardship, capital
campaign planning, and planned giving.
to joining the bishop’s staff, Mike was senior consultant for American
City Bureau of South Barrington, Illinois, the nation’s oldest
fundraising consulting firm. He has also served as a capital campaign
director for Cunneen Fundraising Services of Hamden, Conn.; as chief
financial officer for Oklahoma Goodwill Industries; as chief operating
officer for Kirkpatrick Science and Air Space Museum in Okalahoma City;
and as executive director of the John R. and Eleanor R. Mitchell
Foundation in Mt. Vernon, Il.
is a candidate for ordination in the Diocese of Oklahoma and currently is
working toward completion of the Master of Divinity from Seabury-Western
Theological Seminary. He earned a Master of Business Administration from
Washington University, St. Louis, and a Bachelor of Arts in Russian and
English from Tulane University, New Orleans. Mike’s service to the
church began as an acolyte and includes election to vestries in three
parishes and terms as parish treasurer, stewardship chairperson, endowment
fund trustee, and many others.
Using Asset-Mapping in Your
(Tools for Year-round Stewardship)
Leader: Susan Cleveley
October 5, 2006
Time: 8:00 pm
Eastern (one hour teleclass) --
7:00 Central, 6:00 Mountain, 5:00 Pacific
Asset mapping is a practical
process for helping individuals or groups recognize their assets -- the
wealth of gifts and resources that God has given to all. Using
asset-mapping in your congregation can produce an incredible amount of
information about your congregation's assets, interests, connections and
passions. It also provides quick feedback and energizes your group
Asset mapping starts from the very positive and affirming viewpoint of
"We are gifted!" instead of the more usual "What's missing
here and what do we need?" In doing so it provides an exciting
and inspiring way to strengthen your congregation's sense of what your
members can uniquely do to reach out in mission and ministry at this time
and in this place in your congregation's life.
This class will introduce you to the asset-mapping process and give you
some practical and effective tools in which to work. It will show
you how to plan and execute an asset-mapping meeting with any size
interest group. The class is based on Luther K. Snow’s dynamic
process described in The Power of Asset Mapping: How Your Congregation
Can Act on Its Gifts:
"Asset mapping happens
between people. It is a group activity or, better yet, like a snowball
rolled through the snow by a group of
children, asset mapping spreads and grows among widening groups of people.
My purpose is to help you find practical methods
and lessons for “starting a snowball” in your congregation. At
the heart of asset mapping is a personal transformation: learning or
relearning to see the cup as half-full. That’s something you can
start to experience right now."
Cleveley, a member of St. Mark's
Episcopal Church, Moscow, Idaho, has served the church in a variety of
ministries. She worked in youth ministries for 16 years, served as
senior warden, co-taught and facilitated the first Alpha programs in the
inland Northwest, and led various groups interested in healing, prayer and
worship. On the diocesan level, she taught classes on prayer,
running an Alpha course, and was a member of the Bishop’s transitional
team. Currently, she chairs the Pastoral Care and Stewardship
Committees at St. Marks and is a candidate for ordination to the
priesthood in the Diocese of Spokane.
She brings her years of interest in collaborative
learning, congregational growth, lay ministry support and development to
this topic. Susan became interested in asset-mapping when Robert
Runkle, a member of the Spokane Diocesan Stewardship Committee, introduced
her to the concept. She experienced this process firsthand when she
facilitated her congregation’s exploration of their unique resources and
gifts during their Stewardship Education program in the spring of 2006.
This journeying of discovery energized her congregation as they grew in
understanding that stewardship is what we do all the time with what we
have. This dynamic approach can be used with any size group
regardless of age.