WASHINGTON, DC – To help clergy and laity develop secure and reliable funding to support ministry in their congregations, the Lewis Center for Church Leadership is hosting its annual Funding Your Congregation's Vision conference. Early-bird registration discounts of $15 are available through Monday, February 11, 2013.
The theme of this year's conference is Fostering a Culture of Generosity. Generosity is a critical expression of Christian discipleship and key to healthy congregational stewardship. Conference attendees will explore faith, generosity, and how generous congregations give rise to generous people. They will learn concepts and strategies to cultivate generous stewardship in their congregations to fund their ministries better.
The conference is Saturday, March 9, from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on the campus of Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC.
The conference commences with "Generous Congregations, Generous People," a presentation by Lovett H. Weems, Jr., Distinguished Professor of Church Leadership and Director of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership at Wesley Theological Seminary.
Following the presentation, conference attendees may attend their choice of workshops led by Lewis Center staff and other knowledgeable experts. The workshop topics are: Generosity in the Bible; Cultivating Giving Among Younger Generations; Increasing Revenue Streams Beyond Offerings; Electronic Giving; Building a Year-round Stewardship Plan; and Financial Audits: Options and Best Practices. The conference concludes with "Faith and Generosity," a presentation by Dr. David McAllister-Wilson, president of Wesley Theological Seminary.
The Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary seeks to advance the understanding of Christian leadership and promote the effective and faithful practice of Christian leadership in the church and the world. The center is building a new vision for church leadership grounded in faith, informed by knowledge and exercised in effective practice. The center seeks a holistic understanding of leadership that brings together theology and management, scholarship and practice, research and application. The Lewis Center serves as a resource for clergy and lay leaders, congregations and denominational leaders. Through teaching, research, publications and resources, the center supports visionary spiritual leaders and addresses key leadership issues crucial to the church's faithful witness.