What is Generosity?

“Generosity is the virtue of giving good things to others freely and abundantly. It is a learned character trait that involves attitude and action entailing both the inclination and actual practice of giving liberally. It is not a haphazard behavior but a basic orientation to life. What generosity gives can vary: money, possessions, time, attention, aid, encouragement, and more but it always intends to enhance the true wellbeing of the receiver. Like all virtues, generosity is in people’s genuine enlightened self-interest to learn and practice.”        Definition from Christian Smith, The Generosity Project, Notre Dame

Generosity Learning Opportunities

Learning opportunities are available for those interested in building stronger annual pledge campaigns in your congregations.

With 22 years as a local church pastor and a history of success connecting people’s passions with generative opportunities and initiatives, Rev. Andrew Warner shares best practices and a wealth of experience with workshop participants.  Check out the webinars below!

Also, sign up for the Generosity Forward e-newsletter HERE to learn about new ideas, best practices, and training opportunities around congregational fundraising.

Cultivating Generous Congregations Seminar

Webinar in 6 sessions:  May 19 – June 23, 2021.  Wednesdays 5:30 – 7:00 pm CDT
Stewardship in any season can be stressful for pastors. It can feel awkward – “I’m asking people to pay me!” It can feel unspiritual – “Jesus chased the money changers out of the temple!”  The Cultivating Generous Congregations Seminar for pastors and lay leaders offers an opportunity to explore faithful, practical, and tested ways for promoting generosity in our congregations. We will draw on current research, seek guidance from the wisdom of scripture, and discuss the best practices in church-based fundraising.

This seminar will help pastors and leaders engage generosity as a spiritual practice, and will improve the “bottom line” of your congregation – mission and ministry.  Six online sessions run on Wednesdays at 5:30-7:00 pm, from May 19th through June 23rd, and will be taught by the Rev. Andrew Warner, Wisconsin Conference Director of Development and the Rev. Andy DeBraber, Generosity Officer of the national setting.

Between class sessions, Andy and Andrew will provide materials to help you analyze the culture of your own congregation and learn how to create change. By the end of the seminar, pastors and leaders will be equipped to lead effective fundraising and you will have a strategy to guide your success moving forward.

Be sure to recruit at least a team of two from your congregation for this program.  The cost is $150/per person (2 recommended from each church).  The Wisconsin Conference will cover $100/participant if requested. Email Andrew Warner to request.    Register here


Orientation for New Congregational Leaders Webinar

What’s Next: Best Practices for Financial Sustainability – An Orientation for Lay Leaders

February 4, 2021, 5:30pm

This webinar reviews basic aspects of the treasurer, financial secretary, and stewardship chair roles. Please complete the Congregational Economic Evaluation (CEE) Survey from CARDD before the webinar. The CEE Survey will inform our conversation. We focus on how to organize and lead an effective year-around practice of storytelling (or testimonials) related to generosity, effective ways to record and thank donors for their gifts, and creating a “financial dashboard” to help fellow board members understand the finances of the congregation. Register here

Complete the Congregational Economic Evaluation Survey here


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