2019 Day 1 Materials
Unlocking Our Hearts
We open the conference with talking about what it means to unlock our hearts to God's mission. We learn that stewardship is good and holy work. We talk about the theology of giving and share our own money stories. So it is, in the spiritual discipline of stewardship in the church, when we give our gift to God through the church, both the act of inviting and of giving force us to confront and acknowledge our own relationship with money---our shame, guilt, our frustration, our lack and our abundance. And, in this act of inviting and giving we are given an opportunity to be liberated, to not let these things bind us any longer. The act of giving heals us, and through our gift we participate in the healing of the world. Not unlike the Eucharist, we are changed by love in action.
Starting with Why
We talk about using "Why" to think about our own church. People don’t give to your church because you do church. They give because they’ve connected with your mission. NOT your mission statement. Because you’ve communicated the Why of why you exist. We will explore our own messaging and how we communicate our values (why we do it), ethos (how we do it), and practice (what we do).
We'll also talk about generational characteristics of Matures, Baby Boomers, Generation X, Millennials, and Generation Z. We'll explore strategies of reaching each generation in the context of stewardship.