Do you ever find yourself talking about stewardship like it’s a game of Taboo? Whatever you do, don’t say the wrong word! Or maybe it’s felt like a tightrope walk. If you lean too hard into giving, your congregation might pull back. But if you back off, the money needed for ministry might not be there.
Too often, it’s a scarcity mentality that debilitates leaders and congregants like. When that happens, operating out of fear—not abundance—can become the over-arching narrative.
Creating a culture of generosity requires a better story. We’ll teach you how to tell it.
What You’ll Gain
- Why effective storytelling matters and where it can be used
- A theologically grounded understanding of stewardship
- Strategies for developing leadership that isn’t driven by scarcity
- A congregational vision for generosity
- Best practices, real-life examples, and samples you can use
SHIFT MINISTRY MODELS:
This course will help you harness the skills of agile leadership and faithful stewardship—allowing you to be nimble enough to respond to a changing cultural landscape..
Session 1 – It Starts With a Good Story
Session 2 – Effective Council and Staff Leadership
Session 3 – Developing—and Living into—a Strategic Vision
Session 4 – Effective Stewardship
It Starts With a Good Story
In this first session, you’ll unpack the various ways stories get told in your church, as well as the different mediums those stories are told through. While stewardship may have been difficult to articulate in the past, you’ll gain a spiritually grounded vision for giving that shifts your culture.
Effective Council and Staff Leadership in Supporting Abundance
From examples found in the Bible to learning how to set the right expectations for your council and staff, this session will underscore the importance of leadership when it comes to creating a culture of generosity. Do you know the four things councils should do? You’re going to find out.
Developing and Living Into a Strategic Vision for a Congregation
There are two key ingredients in any strategic ministry vision: identity and activity. Clarifying the message—the story—around both is critical, and this session will effectively empower you. With examples of plans and helpful tools for putting them together, you’ll have everything you need.
In the final session, you’ll return to a theological foundation that creates a culture of generosity. Instead of having to talk about money constantly, the principles of effective stewardship free you and your congregation to live in abundance, not fear or scarcity.
Meet the Instructor
How it Works
Join our host, Rev. Mike Ward, and an engaged learning cohort of faith leaders live and online!
➔ Participate in four 75-minute webcast sessions
Be there on Thursdays from July 29 – August 19 (10:00 AM – 11:15 AM CDT) as Rev. Ward helps you learn what creating a culture of generosity actually entails.
➔ Discuss your experience within a safe context
Throughout the course, breakout sessions will allow chances to discuss and apply what you’re learning with people facing the same obstacles as you.
➔ Develop meaningful connections
As you unpack the ways a scarcity mentality has obstructed abundance in your congregation, having people to lean on and share with is critical. This course allows you to build those needed relationships.