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Building A Culture of Generosity

August 5 - November 18

Guiding you through your fall stewardship appeal.
A service of GSB and the Southwestern Minnesota Synod Gifts of Grace Initiative.

2021 Schedule
August 5: VIRTUAL SESSION #1 Building Blocks for Generosity
August 26: VIRTUAL SESSION #2 An Effective, Inspiring Stewardship Appeal
September 16: VIRTUAL SESSION #3 Sharing Stories of Generosity, Achieving a Strong Response (Part 1)
October 7: VIRTUAL SESSION #4 Achieving a Strong Response (Part 2)
October 28: VIRTUAL SESSION #5 Sharing Results and an Effective Follow-Up
November 18: VIRTUAL SESSION #6 Finishing the Year Strong

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Click here to download and print the “Building A Culture of Generosity” PDF brochure to share with your congregation. 

Sometimes the hardest part of talking about generosity and stewardship in a congregation is knowing where to begin and how to move forward. You have a solid theology, and know how tell biblical stories of God’s generosity and the response of others. You have great stories to tell. But how do you begin to plan for a fall stewardship appeal?

Who needs to be involved?

What are the best steps to take, and when?

What is the role of the pastor and what is the role of the stewardship team?

If these are questions that make sense to you, consider signing up for “Building a Culture of Generosity.”  This training is planned for rostered ministers and stewardship teams. The leader, Rev. Pete Reuss, has been working with our synod for many years. He provides a welcoming and collegial atmosphere, with solid biblical and theological foundations. Leaders have appreciated how this practical training is real for congregations of any size. Our synod is committed to growing our congregational ministries of generosity, so our Gifts of Grace initiative is providing a scholarship for congregations who are able to participate in this offering.

Beginning in August, and stretching into November, Rev. Pete Reuss will be taking you through the entire planning and implementation process for a fall stewardship appeal.

Here is testimony from a pastor of another synod who recently participated with his congregation:

The step by step timeline and prepared materials helped us implement a high-quality giving appeal with a manageable investment of time and energy. The on-line trainings gave us not only insight on generosity but the accountability and encouragement to stay on track. The number of intent cards we received for 2021 increased from our usual 80-ish to 112.  – Rev. Brandy Gerjets, First Lutheran Church, Minot

For questions, please contact Bishop-Elect Dee Pederson at dee.pederson@elca.org.

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August 5
November 18