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Background in Stewardship Practices:
- Local church pastor for over 30 years, dependent on the tithes and offerings of God’s people for the weekly mission and ministry of the church. Developed a love and appreciation for healthy financial stewardship.
- Acquainted with the pastoral issues of ‘never enough money’ / mission / finance committees / budgeting / financial reports / Congregational aversion to saying anything about money…all of which bring anxiety into a church.
- Aware that all churches and pastors need help to get a new message across that focuses on abundance not scarcity; generosity, not law; hope, not fear.
- As a local church pastor, I was engaged in four capital funds campaigns and numerous stewardship campaigns.
- As a ministry-in-retirement am developing a stewardship consultation ministry “Stewardship Matters” because stewardship really matters. Have developed PowerPoint presentations with vital information and encouragement to churches and have done district/local church workshops and presentations.
- District Stewardship Chair in two districts and leading stewardship workshops for lay/clergy training.
- Completed the 2-day Planned Giving School, sponsored by the UM General
- Board of Discipleship/Stewardship Division. Teaching: ‘Planned giving has many forms and options to it, not just a bequest at death. Our people should know and want to know about them and invited to find one or more that fits.’
- In March 2014 completed the Planned Giving Institute at the University of Richmond, School of Philanthropy, a 36 hour intensive seminar.
- Very familiar with Chris Christopher, author of “Not Your Parent’s Offering Plate” and “Whose Offering Is It?” and “Rich Church, Poor Church”. Attended four seminars taught by him. Teaching: "the church has lost ground to the numerous non-profit and other good entities that know better how to ask for money and how to say ‘thank you!’ We must do better or die!”
- Attended Academy of Faith and Money, March 2014, Lakeland, Fla., also taught by Clif Christopher along with Michael Reeves of Horizon’s Stewardship.
- Long immersed in Twelve Keys to an Effective Church, by Kennon Callahan, a very strong leadership and local church teaching/visioning tool. Teaching: ‘money follows mission.’ Attended a week-long event in 1989.
- Attended (in 1990) the GBOD “Stewardship University”, a four-day experience with national UM leaders focused on local church stewardship practices. Teaching: ‘we don’t have because we don’t ask, or don’t ask well’.
- Member of the Board of Directors of the Virginia UM Foundation, for nine years. Teaching: ‘the church’s investment funds are God’s money and should be invested wisely so that such funds do not depend on activities that are not in keeping with biblical principles.”
- Resource leader for six “Consecration Sunday” campaigns in churches other than my own; used this in my own churches four other times. Teaching: ‘the question is, “What is God asking me/us to do in our giving, not what is the budget and what is my part?”
- Have reviewed and carefully studied numerous other stewardship programs such as Treasure First: Extravagant Generosity; Enough; Earn-Save-Give; and Giving; Treasures of the Transformed Life and others.
- Attended yearly stewardship events at the Lewis Center for Church Leadership, led by Dr. Lovett Weems and others, at Wesley Theological Seminary and have used their Congregation Giving Profile (CGP). Teaching: “Congregations give in seasonal and varying patterns, not in a normal weekly amount. Giving profiles will make that clear.”
- Have taught Financial Peace University and am familiar with its manner of teaching about biblical principles for wise financial practices.
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Disclaimer: While I am a pastor, now retired, with a love for God and for Christ’s Holy Church, I am not an attorney nor a professional certified financial advisor, nor a professional fund-raiser. If I were, most churches could not afford me. What I bring is years of experience as a local church pastor, greater than average reading and education in these matters, and a desire is to help churches develop faithful and generous stewards and for Christians to be better money managers.