Seminar Begins May 4
Learn how to improve your church's approach to giving
"Generosity doesn't come down through the genes. Generosity, sharing and values have to be taught."
It was gifts from Tom and Marjorie Lake and their daughter, Karen Lake Buttrey, that helped create the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving, a program of the nationally renowned Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University. For the second year, the Theological Commons at MTSO and the Lake Institute have joined together to offer a unique opportunity for church leaders to learn and implement the best faith-based fundraising practices available today.
"Creating Congregational Cultures of Generosity" is a three-part seminar presented on three Fridays: May 3, June 7 and Sept. 13. It provides a safe and neutral environment for religious and philanthropic practitioners, scholars, and the public at large to engage in reflection and conversation about the role of money. This seminar was extremely well-received by our 2012 participants, including Rev. Jay Anderson of Easton Community Church. It inspired him to rethink his congregation's approach to stewardship.
"Instead of bringing in a guest speaker," Anderson said, "we have asked a few of our generous givers to share why they are giving to the church mission and vision – and what it does to confirm their faith."
Tuition is $250 per person, which covers all three full-day seminar sessions, an accompanying notebook, lunch, and two CEU credits. If three or more people from the same congregation attend, each may pay the special rate of $225.