Reaching out to Younger Givers Event Is in June
March 17, 2010
By Susan Peters
Executive Director, CA-NV United Methodist Foundation
World War II generation talk about sacrifice just doesn't cut it for teaching and modeling stewardship among most young adults. So how do we communicate and practice extravagant generosity among adults in their 20s and 30s, encouraging fruitful, generous-hearted living? What can we learn from Church of the Resurrection and other ministry models about creating a culture of generosity among young adults?
Come explore these questions and find answers at "Generations and Generosity: Reaching Out to Younger Givers." This United Methodist Stewardship Gathering will take place June 22-24 at Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas and is sponsored by NAUMF, our national network of UM Foundations.
Now is a vital time for focusing on stewardship with young adults. Young adults have different time commitments pulling on them and different priorities at that age. We need to find a way to engage them in the areas where they are living, to fully involve them in ways that are meaningful in their particular situation. Even though they may not have assets or money right now, it is important to them that they are able to provide for the care of their kids, should something happen to them. It's a way of engaging them in their ongoing discipleship and the life of the church.
Both personal and financial involvement from young adults is important to our congregations, as well. Because of the fact that many of our congregations and many of the best financial givers are older, this will be important for the future. It's essential for us to nurture younger givers into their full potential in financial stewardship.
Presenters for the Stewardship Gathering will include David Bell, Creighton Alexander, and Clayton Smith. Young adults will lead in plenary sessions that highlight effective ecumenical young adult ministries, discussions of best practices for creating a culture of generosity, and translating ministries into our stewardship work back home.
This event is sponsored by NAUMF's Faith and Generosity Focus Group, chaired by the California-Nevada Annual Conference's own Betsy Schwarzentraub. There is a discount for early registration (by May 1) and registration is limited to 60 people, so sign up now!
Find out more and register online through Betsy's consulting site, www.betsy-stewardship.com, or through the General Board of Discipleship, www.gbod.org/stewardship.
It goes back to providing for the future – helping young families to know now, to understand what role stewardship plays in their life and what role giving plays in their development as disciples.