Webinar online learning opportunities are offered by the national office of The Presbyterian Church in Canada. Each webinar is free and made possible through generous gifts to Presbyterians Sharing. Click on the sign to see the handouts and recordings of PCC webinars on Communications, Leading with CareLeadership & Renewal and Stewardship.

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Communications

Facilitator: Barb Summers, Associate Secretary, Communications
Host: Communications Office

Description:
For many, a website is the first point of connection to a church. An effective website can raise awareness of your church and share your church’s ministry and mission with a wider audience. Take part in this webinar if you want to better understand who your church’s website audience is and what kind of layout and content will be most effective.

Handouts:

Image of arrow pointing downEffective Church Websites Presentation
Image of arrow pointing downDigital Communications Best Practices
Image of arrow pointing downPCCWeb Brochure

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Healing and Reconciliation

Host: Justice Ministries

Facilitator: Anne Phillips, St. Andrew’s-Chalmers Presbyterian Church in Uxbridge, Ont., and Keith Randall, The Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul in Montreal, QC

Description:

The Healing and Reconciliation Seed Fund offers grants up to $5,000 for Presbyterian groups that are committed to building relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.

This webinar will provide advice on how to begin building relationships with Indigenous people in your community and tips for different stages in the Seed Fund’s application and reporting process. Past grant recipients will share their stories and lessons they learned.

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Leading with Care

Facilitator: David Phillips
Hosts: Life and Mission Agency

Description:
This webinar will feature a review of the Leading with Care Policy and some of the practical issues related to its implementation. Topics will include:

  • who should have a police record check and why?
  • safety in the rooms of the building (e.g.meeting rooms and classrooms) and around outside of buildings
  • insurance issues
  • record keeping
  • any other questions participants will have

Handouts:

Image of arrow pointing downLeading with Care presentation 2018

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Leadership & Renewal

Host: Canadian Ministries
Presenter: The Rev. John Gilbert, Clerk, Presbytery of Grey Bruce Maitland

Description:

Co-operative and cluster ministries are comprised of churches that have chosen to work together − typically with shared staff, programs, and outreach − to provide fiscally sustainable ongoing worship and ministry in their respective communities. This model of ministry offers churches the ability to maintain their individuality as well as decision-making authority, but also benefit from shared programming and ministry. By sharing life together as a co-operative, congregations that were previously struggling have found new energy and life.

In this webinar, we discussed the process of establishing a cooperative ministry in The Presbyterian Church in Canada and heard about the process first-hand from leaders who have done it.

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Host: Justice Ministries and Canadian Ministries
Presenters: Gregory Lynch, Director of the Green Churches Network and Elizabeth Churcher, Environmental Team Chair at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Tweed, Ont.

Description:
This webinar, collaboratively hosted by Justice Ministries and Canadian Ministries, gives advice on how to begin or expand greening efforts in your congregation. It includes a presentation from Gregory Lynch, Director of the Green Churches Network, and from Elizabeth Churcher, Environmental Team Chair at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Tweed, Ont. Mr. Lynch will present examples of greening efforts churches are undertaking, while Ms. Churcher will share ideas and lessons learned from St. Andrew’s efforts to engage in sound environmental ethics and practices.

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Host: Canadian Ministries
Presenter: Tori Smit, Regional Minister for Faith Formation, Synod of Central, Northeastern Ontario and Bermuda

Description:
You have so many curriculum options to choose from for Sunday school, the nursery, bible studies, and intergenerational events. In this webinar we’ll learn how to evaluate curriculum theologically, educationally, and practically as we walk through a helpful process of evaluation using a provided curriculum evaluation guide. In addition to learning how to evaluate curriculum for your church needs, you will also receive a detailed handout outlining a wide range of recommended reformed curriculum options for your church.

Handouts:

Image of arrow pointing downA ten question tool for choosing curriculum
Image of arrow pointing downCurriculum Options for Churches
Image of arrow pointing downHow to Choose the Right Curriculum
Image of arrow pointing downTheological Comparison – Orange and Dwell

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Host: Canadian Ministries
Presenter: The Rev. David Moody, Heritage Green Family Church

Description:
Church restarts, or replants, often begin with when members of a congregation or the presbytery discern a new vision from God that is significantly different from the congregation’s current ministry focus. Restarts are most successful when a congregation is radically open to a new vision and able to fully trust God with the future of their church. A committed leadership team with the necessary skills and calling to move the vision forward as well as strong plan with inspiring short-term and long-term goals are also key to successfully restarting a church.

View this webinar to learn more about discovering and moving forward with a new vision, finding and cultivating the necessary leaders, and creating a plan for success in church restarts.

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Host: Canadian Ministries
Presenter:The Rev. Emily Bisset, Calvin Presbyterian Church, Toronto

Description:
Ecumenical shared ministry is when people of different denominations worship and serve God in a unified way while still maintaining their denominational identities and connections. It can take many forms, including sharing a program, mission, ministry, or building. While congregations often consider this option for economic reasons, sharing ministry across denominations provides many benefits, including a unified Christian witness, stronger ministry programs, larger networks of resources and support, and a diversity of perspectives and practices. In this webinar, we will discuss the process of establishing an ecumenical shared ministry in The Presbyterian Church in Canada and hear from ministry leaders who are currently serving in an ecumenical shared ministry.

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Host: Canadian Ministries
Presenter: The Rev. Heather Malnick, Living Faith Community Presbyterian Church

Description:
Amalgamation, when two or more churches merge to form a new congregation, is one of the ways God is bringing about new life in our denomination. While often chosen out of necessity (dwindling resources and declining membership), congregations have found that the renewal and vitality that amalgamation brings is well-worth the hard work and sacrifice it takes to bring congregations together.

In this webinar, we discussed the process of amalgamation in The Presbyterian Church in Canada and heard from a ministry leader with first-hand experience in guiding a congregation through the discernment process and steps towards amalgamation.

Handouts:

Image of arrow pointing downAmalgamation presentation
Image of arrow pointing downAmalgamation webinar hand-out
Image of arrow pointing downGuidelines for the Amalgamation or Dissolution of Congregations

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Host: Canadian Ministries
Presenter: Lauren Wasyluk, Christian Coordinator at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Kitchener, Ont.

Description:
Calling all Presbyterian parents. Do you want to make your children’s faith a priority this summer? It’s easier than you think.

Although summertime is often busy for families, the change in rhythm creates new opportunities for having faith-building conversations and sharing experiences of God with your children.

Join Lauren Wasyluk, Christian Education Coordinator at St. Andrew’s Church (Kitchener, ON), in this webinar as she shares tips and tools for incorporating faith into the rhythms and patterns of family life.

Handouts:

Image of arrow pointing downFaith Formation at Home – Webinar, June 20, 2018
Image of arrow pointing downBaton of Faith Worksheet
Image of arrow pointing downFaith Formation at Home Webinar Resources

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Host: Canadian Ministries
Facilitator: The Rev. Dr. Ken McFayden, Academic Dean and Professor of Ministry and Leadership Development at Union Presbyterian Seminary.

Description:
We have a great vision, but how do we live it out as a congregation?

Churches often get stuck at the implementation phase of adopting a new vision. We find it a daunting phase because we think it means making drastic changes, such as completely overhauling programming or developing a new outreach ministry. While these types of changes may come about as long-term vision unfolds, the first steps don’t have to be big. In this webinar, you will learn how to invite and inspire your congregation to work towards realistic and attainable goals in the first year after adopting on your new vision. Topics that will be covered include: busting myths that prevent churches from implementing their visions, acting with intention as a congregation, learning to live out the new vision in a daily way, taking steps towards reaching realistic and attainable goals.

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Host: Canadian Ministries
Facilitator: Nick Warnes, the founder and Executive Director of a church planting initiative called Cyclical.

Description:
Ecclesial innovation in 2018 certainly looks different than it did one generation ago. In the midst of this difference, we can find some common practices amongst churches that are prioritizing the mission of God. From context to context a priority on boundary crossing, discerning God’s initiatives, treating neighbors as mutual subjects and choosing a plural leadership, has been common across North America. The best news is that this isn’t just for experts! All of God’s people can choose these priorities.

Handouts:

Image of arrow pointing downPrioritizing The Mission of God

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Hosts: Canadian Ministries
Facilitator: The Rev. Brian Fraser from Brentwood Presbyterian, Burnaby, B.C.

Description:
Does your congregation have a vision that is energizing and reinvigorating the ministry of your church?

If your answer to the above question is no, then this webinar is for you. While most churches have a vision on paper, it is often too vague, general or uninspiring to guide them towards the futures they feel God is calling them to. In order to successfully implement a vision, the congregation as a whole must be behind it.

In this webinar, you will learn how to engage in a collective visioning process that is creative and inspiring and will help congregants grow closer to God and each other. Topics to be covered include: getting the congregation onboard, aligning your story with God’s story, mapping your desired futures, and dreaming big but setting specific and reachable goals.

Handouts:

Image of arrow pointing downVision Casting

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Host: Canadian Ministries

Description:
Many sessions are maintenance oriented rather than leadership oriented. What makes the leadership session different from the maintenance session? Why is it important today to shift into more of a leadership orientation? This webinar would provide an overview of the main tasks of leadership. They will be presented as a sequence of steps (in other words, outlining a leadership process) that will help elders see how to move from discovering and assessing issues through faithful reflection, direction setting and planning. You could call this “Leadership 101.”

Handouts:

Image of arrow pointing downThe Session As Congregational Leaders – Webinar presentation
Image of arrow pointing downThe Session as Congregational Leaders – notes

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Facilitator: The Rev. Dr. Ross Lockhart, Associate Professor and Director, The Centre for Missional Leadership and Director of Presbyterian Formation at VST
Hosts: Canadian Ministries

Description:
If your church were gone tomorrow, would those in your neighbourhood feel the loss?

Despite the second part of Jesus’ greatest commandment, “you shall love your neighbour as yourself” (Mark 12:31), many congregations have little sense of who their neighbours are and how their churches could serve them. One of the best things you can do to reinvigorate the mission and ministry of your church is to learn about your neighbourhood. In this webinar, you will be given tools to learn about who your neighbours are and what they need, discern how God is calling your congregation to respond to those needs, and develop an action plan for your response.

Handouts

Image of arrow pointing downNeighbourhood Mapping Handout

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Facilitator: Dr. Michael Walker
Hosts: Canadian Ministries

Description:
This online workshop will allow people to:

  • Train your own trainers to have experts in accessibility in your church
  • Fully involve members with disabilities in your community activities
  • Develop accessible communication in your community outreach

The workshop is being offered by Our Doors are Open. This is a project of the Inclusive Design Research Centre at the Ontario College of Art and Design; the project offers diverse faith-communities in Ontario simple and creative ideas to help increase inclusion and accessibility for people with disabilities in worship services, events and all communal activities, and offers free training seminars and services to all Ontario faith communities. Specifically, the webinar will discuss, offer context for, and demonstrate the concepts of welcoming and inclusive thinking. As participants make use of Our Doors are Open’s Brief Accessibility Checklist, this webinar will also help participants to “get organized” by forming accessibility committees in their various congregations, identifying three different kinds of barriers in their own contexts, and creating short- and long-term organizational plans to make space for greater communal accessibility. Lastly, the webinar contains strategies to help participants create greater accessibility in terms of the active participation of people with disabilities in faith communities, communications (alternative and accessible forms of media), and physical buildings or facilities.

Handouts

Image of arrow pointing downAccessibility Checklist, Our Doors Are Open

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Facilitator: The Rev. Denise Allen Macartney – Gloucester Presbyterian Church & the Rev. David Moody – Heritage Green Family Church
Hosts: Canadian Ministries

Description:
At a time when many mainline Protestant churches are struggling, there are some that are thriving and growing. Looking at thriving churches from the outside, it is easy to assume that they may have just gotten lucky or had more favourable circumstances than other churches. In fact, church growth is usually the result of intentional visioning, planning and executing on the part of the congregation and its leaders. In this webinar, you will learn from two churches about the steps they took to transform their congregations from near-death to new-life. It isn’t nearly as daunting as you may think, so sign up today to hear about how it is done!

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Facilitator: The Rev. Dr. Tim Archibald – Kings Presbyterian Church
Host: Canadian Ministries

Description:
Where is God calling your church?

If you feel like your congregation is being called to do something different in ministry or mission but don’t know where to begin, you aren’t alone. Facing change, whether chosen and welcomed or required by necessity, is never easy. In this practical webinar, you will learn how to facilitate a collective process of discernment, which will provide your congregation with opportunities to intentionally listen for God’s voice and make decisions about the future together. You will be given ready-to-use discernment tools as well as tips on finding the necessary support within and without the congregation, teaching your congregation to trust God in the process, and how and when to start.

Handouts:

Image of arrow pointing downDiscernment Webinar Slides
Image of arrow pointing downCollective Discernment Practices
Image of arrow pointing downFrom Vision to Vitality: How Biblical Discernment can Reawaken your Church

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Living? Dying? Being Reborn?

No matter where your church is on the church lifecycle, God is with you there. In this webinar, you will learn how to find joy and meaning where you are at while also looking towards where God might want you to be. Topics to be covered include: celebrating and building your strengths at any stage, letting go of what is past and looking to the future, dying with dignity as a church, and moving from death to rebirth.

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International

Host: Presbyterian World Service & Development
Presenter: Cantave Jean-Baptiste (Partnership for Local Development) and John Popiel (PWS&D Program Coordinator, Latin America and the Caribbean)

Description:
Cantave Jean-Baptiste is the executive director of Partnership for Local Development (PDL) in Haiti, a PWS&D partner through membership with the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. In this webinar, Cantave will provide exciting insights about the PWS&D-supported project he oversees in Haiti that is helping farmers improve their agricultural production and rise above hunger.

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Host: Presbyterian World Service & Development
Presenter: Andrea Perrett, PWS&D Committee member

Description:
How can we bring PWS&D into our mission and ministry year-round, at times when we aren’t necessarily called to respond to disasters and conflict? This webinar will help equip you to bring PWS&D’s long-term development projects into the spotlight.

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Host: Presbyterian World Service & Development
Presenter:Susan Viegas (PWS&D Committee member), Kristen Winters, Anna Muir

Description:
With monitoring trip highlights from PWS&D committee member Susan Viegas and staff members Kristen Winters and Anna Muir, this webinar will provide exclusive updates, information and impact stories from projects in Malawi and Ghana.

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Host: Presbyterian World Service & Development
Presenter: Karen Bokma, Anna Muir and The Rev. Dr. Sarah Travis

Description:
PWS&D Sunday—held each year on the first Sunday in February—is a day to celebrate the work our church is doing to serve vulnerable communities around the world. This webinar will provide you with tips and tools to plan for your PWS&D Sunday on February 3, 2019, or any other Sunday of the year.

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Host: Presbyterian World Service & Development
Presenter: Karen Bokma and Anna Muir

Description:
During the season of Christmas, many Canadians compassionately respond to share their gifts with those living in poverty, hunger or emergency situations overseas. This webinar will explore practical ways to talk and encourage generosity to address the root causes of poverty and empower vulnerable communities for the long-term.

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Stewardship & Planned Giving

Category: Stewardship & Planned Giving
Presented by: Lori Guenther Reesor, Stewardship Consultant

Description:
The Apostle Paul collected money from his various churches as part of his Collection for Jerusalem. Then as now, we give in grateful obedience to God’s abundant grace.  In this webinar, we will write a fundraising letter in real-time modeled on Paul’s approach.

Handouts:

Image of arrow pointing downFundraising letter with Apostle Paul

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Category: Stewardship & Planned Giving
Presented by: Lori Guenther Reesor, Stewardship Consultant

Description:
Are your church members mortal? Yes! Is your church pretending that they’re not? Probably! Would receiving a bequest benefit your church? Yes! Does your church need help broaching this topic? This webinar will provide practical tools for talking specifically about bequests in your congregation.

Handout:

Image of arrow pointing downLeaving a Legacy to Your Church – Presentation

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Category: Stewardship & Planned Giving
Presented by: Lori Guenther Reesor, Stewardship Consultant

Description:
What wonderful work has God been doing in your congregation? This webinar will look at ideas for annual receipt letters, including letters to people who aren’t getting a receipt. Includes a sample letter for you to modify.

Handout:

Image of arrow pointing downThank You Letters presentation

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Category: Stewardship & Planned Giving
Presented by: Karen Plater, Associate Secretary, Stewardship & Planned Giving

Description:
Do most of the gifts for your congregation come through the offering plate? This webinar will explore ways of opening other giving doors, including practical tools offered by the PCC. We will look at the different ways people give: gifts of cash, online gifts, gifts of securities, charitable gift annuities, gifts of life insurance and bequests (including the different tax benefits) and talk about how these gifts can enhance the ministry of the church.

Handouts

Image of arrow pointing downMany Ways to Give

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Category: Stewardship & Planned Giving
Presented by: Lori Guenther Reesor, Stewardship Consultant

Description:
Talking about money can feel scary. This webinar discusses how to talk about money from a Biblical perspective in a joyful and generous way. Did Jesus really mean we had to give away all we had to follow him? What does the tithe mean today? Examples and stories of what to do with gifts of treasure will be shared.

Handouts:

Image of arrow pointing downJesus Talks About Money, We Can Too – presentation

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Category: Stewardship & Planned Giving
Presented by: Karen Plater, Associate Secretary, Stewardship & Planned Giving

Description:
Every year at General Assembly, Presbyterians from across Canada adopt a budget for Presbyterians Sharing representing the hopes and dreams of what God may accomplish through our church in the coming year. Congregations strive to support the budget with 10% of their dollar base. Discover what gifts to Presbyterians Sharing are accomplishing and learn strategies for sharing this with your congregation.

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Category: Stewardship & Planned Giving
Presented by: Lori Guenther Reesor, Stewardship Consultant

Description:
Discover ways in which you can enrich the offering experience as an act of worship. This webinar will provide ideas on how to promote the offering as a celebration of God’s abundance. It will also help people see how their gifts further God’s work in your church and beyond.

Handouts:

Image of arrow pointing downCelebrating the Offering – Webinar presentation
Image of arrow pointing downGiving Guide – Bulletin Insert

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Category: Stewardship & Planned Giving
Hosts: The Rev. Mark Tremblay

Description:
The Rev. Mark Tremblay will share some practical tools that Knox, Calgary has used over the years to construct their narrative budget. He will talk about what they have learned, what has worked, what has not worked, etc. This webinar builds on concepts introduced in a previous webinar, “Sharing your story in a way that inspires.”

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Category: Stewardship & Planned Giving
Hosts: Stewardship & Planned Giving

Description:
This webinar, led by Karen Plater (Associate Secretary, Stewardship & Planned Giving) will provide practical language for presenting financial updates to your congregation. It will look at how to move from challenge-based language to compassion-based invitations to give.

Handouts

Image of arrow pointing downTalking about Money

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This webinar will talk about ways to encourage people to leave a legacy for the church. It will introduce the impact legacy gifts can have and ways the congregation can encourage them. It will introduce the online workbook, which can help congregations establish policies and procedures for legacy and endowment gifts so they are ready to receive the gifts when they are given.

Handouts

Image of arrow pointing downLegacy Gifts Webinar February 7, 2018
Image of arrow pointing downBequest Wording Template for Congregations

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Description:
This webinar will explore the importance of saying thank you to the people who have generously supported the congregation’s mission and ministry, and ways to do it that reflect our faith.

Handouts

Image of arrow pointing downInspire, Ask, Thank Tips
Image of arrow pointing downPCC Saying thank you – presentation

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This webinar will examine tools congregations can use to introduce online giving and giving apps at their congregation. Why is it important? You will learn practical ways to implement online giving and ideas to promote it.

Handouts:

Image of arrow pointing downThe Power of Digital Giving – Presentation
Image of arrow pointing downQuestions to Ask Before Adopting eGiving
Image of arrow pointing downeGiving Comparison Chart
Image of arrow pointing downHow to sign up for Digital Giving with Tithe.ly
Image of arrow pointing downTithe.ly Digital Giving Checklist
Image of arrow pointing downCanadaHelps – What Every PCC Congregation Needs to Know
Image of arrow pointing downPCC Digital Giving offering cards
Image of arrow pointing down7 Different Seasonal Slides for Worship Offerings

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This webinar will provide helpful hints on how to present the budget to the congregation in a way that shares what the congregation is accomplishing in mission and ministry. Plus, you’ll learn creative ideas on how to tell the story and help people see and experience the impact their gifts are having.

Handouts:

Image of arrow pointing downNarrative Budgets—Finding and Telling Your Church Mission Story
Image of arrow pointing downSharing Your Story in a Way That Inspires – presentation

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Your congregation’s stewardship numbers tell as story. Knowing that story can help you plan your next steps. This webinar will introduce you to the Generosity Assessment—a tool that helps congregations talk about money by looking at congregational giving and culture. An important part of church health is to nurture communities of joyful generosity and to help congregations talk about money and giving. Understanding the theology of abundance is crucial in avoiding ‘scarcity/fear’ mode in church culture.

Handouts:

Image of arrow pointing downGenerosity Assessment presentation 2017-10-25
Image of arrow pointing downCongregational Generosity Survey
Image of arrow pointing downGenerosity Assessment Flyer
Image of arrow pointing downGenerosity Assessment Initial Meeting
Image of arrow pointing downGenerosity Assessment Data Collection
Image of arrow pointing downWhat Clergy Should Know About What People Give

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This webinar will introduce Lori Guenther Reesor’s research about giving patterns in congregations, generosity as an important part of church health and provide an intro to ideas of how to nurture communities of joyful generosity and to help congregations talk about money and giving. You will learn about the role of a theology of abundance in helping avoid the “scarcity/fear” mode in church culture. Plus, you will learn about the Generosity Assessment Tool, inviting congregations interested in piloting a generosity assessment for their congregation to sign up to pilot it.

Handouts

Image of arrow pointing downWhat Clergy Should Know About What People Give
Image of arrow pointing downBuilding Generous Congregations - presentation
Image of arrow pointing downUnderstand Why People Give And What You Can Do

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