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.
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It can be hard to talk about money. And yet Jesus talked about it often, second only to the Kingdom of God. Join Andrew Warner in an exploration of how to preach and teach about generosity and the use of our financial resources. Each webinar will focus on a specific liturgical season and a set of readings. We will plan out at least one preaching opportunity for teaching generosity as a spiritual practice.
The Season of Epiphany: Disciples and Generosity
Webinar Jan. 14th – 2:00 pm Central
We’ll look at how the call of the first disciples (Matthew 4: 12-23) and/or Micah 6:1-8 help illuminate generosity as part of our discipleship. This focus may work particularly well for a sermon in advance of a congregational annual meeting. Register here
The Season of Lent: A Changed Life
Webinar Feb. 25th, 2:00 pm Central
Using the story of Nicodemus, we’ll see how increasing generosity created change in his life. We’ll look beyond the lectionary reading to consider the other two appearances of Nicodemus. The story will focus attention on what it means to experience change in our lives. Register here
The Season of Easter: Beloved Community
Webinar April 21st – 2:00 pm Central
The stories of Good Shepherd Sunday (May 3) speak to what it means to live generously in community (Acts 2: 42-47, Ps. 23, and John 10: 1-10). This Sunday offers a chance to think broadly about the many forms of generosity and they ways in which they reinforce community. Register here
Take time at the beginning of the year to learn/review best practices related to your lay leadership role through an upcoming webinar.
Part 1: Treasurers and Financial Secretaries
Jan. 28, 2019 – 6:30pm Central
Take time at the beginning of the year to learn/review best practices related to your lay leadership role. This webinar will review basic aspects of the treasurer and financial secretary roles. We will discuss creating a “financial dashboard” to help fellow board members understand the finances of the congregation. And we will talk about effective ways to record and thank donors for their gifts. Register here
Part 2: Stewardship Chair and Team
Jan. 30 – 6:30pm Central
Take time at the beginning of the year to learn/review best practices related to your lay leadership role. This webinar will introduce the concept of a 12-month stewardship plan. We will focus on how to organize and lead an effective year-around practice of storytelling (or testimonials) related to generosity. National research clearly shows teaching about stewardship at least once a month correlates to increases in congregational giving. Register here
Part 3: Mission, Outreach, Justice, or Stewardship Teams
Feb. 3 – 6:30pm Central
Take time at the beginning of the year to learn/review best practices related to your lay leadership role. This webinar explores the most effective ways to make the most of our mission giving to create a just world for all. We will review the “five for five” offerings of the UCC and look at all the ways congregations can maximize the impact of their giving to projects beyond their own congregation. Register here