At General Assembly in June, commissioners will vote on a series of recommendations related to repudiating (rejecting) the Doctrine of Discovery, a theological and legal principle from the 1400s that legitimized European colonization of non-Christian lands and peoples. During this webinar, Justice Ministries staff will answer questions about the Doctrine of Discovery, its influence on The Presbyterian Church in Canada’s ministry with Indigenous people, and what repudiating the Doctrine of Discovery means. This webinar is suitable for commissioners as preparation for General Assembly and to other members of the church who are interested in the PCC’s ministry of healing and reconciliation.
Facilitator: the Rev. Ian Ross-McDonald, General Secretary Host: the Life and Mission Agency
In a response to a request from a congregation that the PCC endorse the Joint Statement on Physical Punishment of Children and Youth, this webinar will discuss the PCC’s study of the Statement, which will also be presented to the General Assembly in June. The Joint Statement on Physical Punishment of Children and Youth was developed by a national coalition of organizations concerned with the wellbeing of children. The study concludes that there is clear and compelling evidence that the physical punishment of children and youth plays no useful role in their upbringing and poses only risks to their development. Additionally, the General Assembly will be asked to consider requesting the Canadian Government to repeal Section 43 of the Criminal Code of Canada (which allows parents and teachers to use force to correct a child’s behaviour). This is in line with the 6th Call to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The text of the Joint Statement can be found at www.cheo.on.ca/en/about-us/physical-punishment.aspx . The response to the overture can be downloaded below. Also available to download is a theological statement about the physical punishment of children and youth.
Endorsing the Joint Statement on Physical Punishment of Children and Youth
Facilitator: The Rev. Dr. Esther Acolatse Host: Canadian Ministries
Death is a natural part of life. Yet in our death-denying culture even Christians are walking on tenterhooks around what we know is natural. In this webinar, we will attend to some of the historical antecedents to our reticent or even fear of death and dying and learn how to accompany others and prepare ourselves to engage this final act of life. We will discuss how our Christian beliefs about death and everlasting life can inform how we live as people of faith. After all, death is not so much about dying but about living.
The Rev. Dr. Esther Acolatse is an Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology and Intercultural Studies at Knox College in Toronto, ON. Her current research focuses on issues around care and counseling with migrant families and implications for intra/interfaith dialogue and spiritual care. She is also interested in cultural anthropological dimensions of medicine, health, and healing, and their implications for suffering, death, dying, and care at the end of life.
Facilitator: Alice Post, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Calgary Host: Canadian Ministries
Families living with a dementia diagnosis are facing a lot of changes, with each change representing a loss to be grieved. Often, for various reasons, they face these changes alone. This webinar will talk about how churches are uniquely positioned to help by providing regular weekly fellowship for the person living with a dementia diagnosis, while simultaneously encouraging and enabling care partners to take personal time.
Alice was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, and has called St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Calgary her church home for as long as she can remember. She has served as the Side by Side Program Coordinator at St. Andrew’s since early in 2013, and is continually amazed by, and grateful for, the loving hearts, willing hands, and the thoughtful, caring kindness she encounters every week at the St. Andrew’s Side by Side program. Alice is a lifelong learner, and holds bachelor degrees in Linguistics and Psychology.
Side by Side - Caring for Families Living with Dementia – Handout
Facilitator: Patricia Baker, President Elect, Presbyterian Older Adult Ministries Network, Presbyterian Church, USA Host: Canadian Ministries
Caregivers often need to be reminded to take care of themselves when they take on the role of family caregiver for a spouse, parent or other member of their family. This webinar will provide a general view of what caregivers face today and how they respond to the challenges and rewards of this role. We’ll look at stress and burn out- identifying it and preventing it as well as some problem solving techniques. We’ll also explore the role of the faith community and how to accept help and give help.
Pat Baker, MS, has worked in the field of aging and with family caregivers her entire career. She recently retired from working for the government with the Older Americans Act programs and services. In the 1980’s she worked at two different PC(USA) churches in older adult ministry and is glad to be back doing older adult and caregiver ministry in her local church in retirement. She is President-Elect for the Presbyterian Older Adult Ministries Network that she has been involved with since its inception.
Facilitator: Joyce MacKichan Walker, Presbyterian Church USA Host: Canadian Ministries
Although forming faith draws on many practices that hold for all-ages, there are unique and distinctive ways to help shape the faith-lives of older adults. Let’s explore some of these and the principles that both undergird them and encourage your own creativity when working with mature and older adults.
Joyce MacKichan Walker was the director of Christian education at Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton, New Jersey for 18 years, and in 2007 became the minister of education. Joyce teaches certification classes for educational ministry in the PC(USA), and for POAMN – The Presbyterian Older Adult Ministry Network, in addition to teaching adjunct at Princeton Theological Seminary. She is a Canadian-American who grew up in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia and returns to Canada at least once a year. She retired in July of 2018 so now is thrilled to say yes to fun and challenging invitations to teach, especially if they involve travel!
Facilitator: The Rev. David Moody, Family Church of Heritage Green Host: Canadian Ministries
With churches closing their doors on Sundays due to the COVID-19 outbreak, many of us are wondering how we can continue worshipping together as a community. Fortunately, we live in a time when technology can help facilitate online worship. Join us as Rev. David Moody from Family Church of Heritage Green hosts a seminar on current live streaming technologies and techniques. David has been practicing online worship for over 7 years, and helped set up the Livestream used during General Assembly.
Facilitator: Emily Hill, Education Program Coordinator Host: Canadian Ministries
In Lent 2020, Presbyterians across the country are invited to join a denomination-wide book study on N.T. Wright’s Lent for Everyone, Matthew, Year A. Using thoughtfully prepared weekly study guides, Presbyterians will journey through Lent reflecting on what it means to be kingdom-people who participate in the new life that Jesus has brought.
In this webinar, Emily Hill, Christian Education Coordinator for Canadian Ministries, will be introducing the book and discussing how small group leaders can use the study guide she created to facilitate weekly discussion groups about the book. Whether you have already organized a small group or are thinking about starting one, please join us! There will be plenty of time for questions and conversation.
Facilitator: The Rev. Tim Keener, Director of the Leadership Centre, Presbyterian College, Montreal Host: Canadian Ministries
Every congregational renewal effort begins first by coming face-to-face with our brokenness and recognizing our need for God to breathe new life into our community. Simply put, “death” comes before “breath” in congregational vitality. We must become honest about our church’s state of health if we want to cultivate hope for renewal.
Although there are social scientific dimensions to congregational vitality, leading change in the congregational setting is also a spiritual and theological task.
In this webinar we will discuss: the spiritual and theological dynamics of congregational vitality, looking into Scripture to develop a practical theology for congregational vitality.
Facilitator: Emily Hill, Education Program Coordinator Host: Canadian Ministries
Advent begins Sunday, December 1 this year. Many people are seeking ways to make this Christ-centered time. The short but impactful devotions in this year’s Presbyterians Read book, Celebrating Abundance by Walter Brueggemann, will help to create a healthy rhythm of spiritual reflection throughout the season. In this webinar, Emily Hill, Christian Education Coordinator for Canadian Ministries, will be introducing the book and discussing how small group leaders can use the study guide she created to facilitate weekly discussion groups about the book. Whether you have already organized a small group or are thinking about starting one, please join us! There will be plenty of time for questions and conversation.
Planning a new website or looking to refresh your existing church site but wondering about content and navigation?
Join Barb Summers in the Communications Office and explore Your Church, a website template designed to help congregations further develop their own websites. Your Church contains samples of pages you’ll want to include, examples of what other congregations are currently doing, and plenty of ideas for content and images. There will be time at the end for questions and answers.
The PCC is excited to launch a new system for congregations to order PCC resources: the Resource Ordering Portal. This new portal is a significant upgrade from our current online order form, and allows users to browse items, read descriptions of each item, and take advantage of a shopping cart check-out system. Some resources are able to be modified to include your own congregation’s information.
This webinar will allow you see some of the special features of the portal and help make the transition to this new tool seamless. If you are a church administrator or a minister, this webinar should be particularly useful.
Facilitator: James Laurenson, Web Coordinator Host: Communications Office
This webinar will introduce you to PCCWeb and the basic skills needed in order to build and update your website hosted with PCCWeb. Whether you’re considering a website with PCCWeb or already have one and are looking for a few tips to get started, this webinar will lead you in the right direction.
During this webinar, you will learn about:
PCCWeb and who it’s for
Benefits and expectations
Tools and steps needed to set up a basic website for your church
If you’re looking to add a little flavour to your congregation’s website, this webinar will give you some advice on how to ensure your church’s website is as effective as possible. Whether you’re new to web development, just getting started, or already have a page that you want to fine-tune, this webinar will give you some tips and ideas.
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
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.
What makes a good friend or neighbour, and how is that tied to justice? In this webinar, the first of three in a series about relationships and justice, we’ll explore some stories of friendship from Scripture and other sources to look at the importance of friendship and being “neighbourly” when it comes to building just relations—not only with those you are close with, but as groundwork for healthy communities.
Facilitator: Katharine Sisk, Program Coordinator Host: Justice Ministries
Who are vulnerable people and communities in a time of pandemic? What are social justice dimensions and responsibilities? What can we do? Come and connect: share, discuss and pray in this time of social distancing.
Facilitator: Carragh Erhardt, Program Assistant Host: Justice Ministries
There are many reasons we can become overwhelmed and anxious about the world around us including bearing witness to various forms of injustice. This webinar will introduce participants to some tools for self-care as a way of promoting mental health and well-being within a Christian pursuit of justice. We will also talk specifically about self-care practices that can be helpful in times of crisis, including the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Fear is a natural reaction in times of uncertainty and Christians are certainly not immune to it. How do we keep fear from guiding our actions? This webinar will explore some of the responses fear can bring about for people, why it’s important for Christians to resist those responses, and ways to focus on living out the love and justice Christians are called to any day, but even more in times of crisis.
Perhaps you’ve heard the phrase “climate justice” in the news or from a friend. But what is climate justice and why is it important? Come to a webinar hosted by Justice Ministries to find out. We will cover:
A very brief tour through some history of the environmental movement, why some of the language has shifted from talking about the environment to talking more about climate specifically, and two different ways to think about defining climate justice
Some theological reflection on why climate justice is important for Christians generally and for the church
Some of the PCC’s involvement as well as what some of our ecumenical, interfaith, or civic partners are doing, and different ways to become involved
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)
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.
Host: Presbyterian World Service & Development Presenter: Andrea Perrett, PWS&D Committee member
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.
Host: Presbyterian World Service & Development Presenter:Susan Viegas (PWS&D Committee member), Kristen Winters, Anna Muir
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.
Host: Presbyterian World Service & Development Presenter: Karen Bokma, Anna Muir and The Rev. Dr. Sarah Travis
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.
Host: Presbyterian World Service & Development Presenter: Karen Bokma and Anna Muir
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.
Host: Canadian Ministries Presenter: The Rev. John Gilbert, Clerk, Presbytery of Grey Bruce Maitland
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.
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.
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.
Host: Canadian Ministries Presenter: Tori Smit, Regional Minister for Faith Formation, Synod of Central, Northeastern Ontario and Bermuda
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.
Host: Canadian Ministries Presenter: The Rev. David Moody, Heritage Green Family Church
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.
Host: Canadian Ministries Presenter:The Rev. Emily Bisset, Calvin Presbyterian Church, Toronto
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.
Host: Canadian Ministries Presenter: The Rev. Heather Malnick, Living Faith Community Presbyterian Church
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.
Host: Canadian Ministries Presenter: Lauren Wasyluk, Christian Coordinator at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Kitchener, Ont.
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.
Host: Canadian Ministries Facilitator: The Rev. Dr. Ken McFayden, Academic Dean and Professor of Ministry and Leadership Development at Union Presbyterian Seminary.
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.
Host: Canadian Ministries Facilitator: Nick Warnes, the founder and Executive Director of a church planting initiative called Cyclical.
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.
Hosts: Canadian Ministries Facilitator: The Rev. Brian Fraser from Brentwood Presbyterian, Burnaby, B.C.
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.
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.”
The Session As Congregational Leaders – Webinar presentation
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
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.
Facilitator: Dr. Michael Walker Hosts: Canadian Ministries
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.
Facilitator: The Rev. Denise Allen Macartney – Gloucester Presbyterian Church & the Rev. David Moody – Heritage Green Family Church Hosts: Canadian Ministries
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!
Facilitator: The Rev. Dr. Tim Archibald – Kings Presbyterian Church Host: Canadian Ministries
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.
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.
Hosted by: Stewardship & Planned Giving Presented by: Karen Plater, Associate Secretary, Stewardship & Planned Giving and Jim MacDonald, Development Manager, Stewardship & Planned Giving
Major gifts and legacy gifts can be a wonderful blessing for you congregation’s mission and ministry. A well thought out legacy gift or endowment policy provides clear guidance to ensure that your congregation is ready to receive, invest and use legacy gifts to support your congregation’s long-term ministry.
One reason that many donors make the language in their gifts too restrictive is that there are no policies in their congregation about how to channel legacy and other planned gifts. Legacy and endowment policies can both assure potential donors that their gifts will be stewarded wisely and help donors to see how their gifts will enhance the life and mission of the Church.
This webinar will help you develop a legacy giving policy that fits your congregation. We will discuss how to create a policy and review sample wording that can be adapted to your congregation’s context and ministry needs. We’ll also go over a checklist which can be used both as a guide for assembling your policy and to double check that you have included the necessary items in your existing policy.
Hosted by: Stewardship & Planned Giving Presented by: Jim MacDonald, Development Manager, Stewardship & Planned Giving
You’ve been building a culture of generosity in your congregation and people want to give. It’s time to make it as easy as possible for them to do so in an era when we’re told that one-third of individuals under the age of 50 make no purchases using cash.
This webinar will compare the costs, features and benefits of fundraising services that make online donation easy: Tithe.ly, CanadaHelps.org and iATSPayments.com. We’ll also look at the church marketing and management services: Micharity.com, PushPay.com and PlanningCenter.com. For in-church giving, we’ll talk about Square Reader and other payment companies that offer point-of-sale terminals. While a few companies offer simple methods to enable eGiving in your church, others are surprisingly complex, requiring expertise and customization that many churches may find challenging. This webinar will make recommendations that help you decide which service will best serve your church’s unique circumstances.
Erratum to the original webinar:
This webinar has been edited since first broadcast and updated. New slides were added from 23:37 to 28:20. Here is the gist of the amended information:
In the past, CanadaHelps.org did accept donations via Interac Online but has now stopped. This is because “Interac Online” has all but been abandoned by Canadian financial institutions. Most banks provide a “co-badged” debit card, which accepts Interac payments for tap and chip transactions but flips over to the Visa Debit network for manually-input and online payments. (Debit Mastercard at BMO.)
Consequently, to donate from existing funds, almost all online donation solutions work with Visa Debit, Debit Mastercard (or PayPal). When you use a tap and chip device, in person, like those offered by Square Reader, Clover Flex or Stripe, the device can access the Interac network, which has lower transaction fees.
Links to special eGiving offers for PCC Churches
Tithe.ly: To set-up an account with the special rate for PCC churches (lower transaction fees), go to tithe.ly/rp/pcic/register
Square Reader: To set up an account and pay no processing fees for the first $1,000 or 180 days, visit squ.re/PCC
This stewardship webinar will start the church year by:
Talk about reclaiming stewardship—what does it really mean?
Provide ideas for what your stewardship committee can do to encourage generosity
Help you move from “we’re behind on budget” to encouraging the spiritual practice of generosity in your congregation with an emphasis on storytelling
Answer the question, “why should I give to my congregation?”
This introductory webinar can help launch your congregation’s stewardship ministry and introduce tools for encouraging a culture of generosity. It’s great for a first-time webinar participant or a refresher for long serving stewardship committees.
Join Karen Plater, Associate Secretary of Stewardship & Planned Giving, as she talks with Marcia Shetler, Ecumenical Stewardship Center Executive Director and Bruce Barkhauer, Disciples’ of Christ’s Minister for Faith and Giving, about the new Devoted to Generosity stewardship material. This fun and dynamic material will help your congregation talk about and dive deeper into stewardship and generosity. Bruce will walk us through the various components in Devoted to Generosity and how they fit together: the preaching resource, the worship resource, the small group resource, the children’s resource, and the campaign materials—including the calendar and the letters/theme materials.
If someone wanted to leave a gift to your church in their will, would you know what to do? Did you know half of Canadians can’t make a legacy gift because they don’t have a will? Here’s how you can help people in your congregation consider making a bequest in their wills with practical tools to help make it happen.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jesus Talks About Money, We Can Too – presentation
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.
Category: Stewardship & Planned Giving Hosts: The Rev. Mark Tremblay
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.”
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.
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.
Narrative Budgets—Finding and Telling Your Church Mission Story
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.