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Go beyond Stewardship Sunday
in your congregation

Attend an excellent one-day intensive course on congregational generosity Sept. 13. And if you’re looking for more, consider auditing a four-weekend seminary class on stewardship this fall.

The Theological Commons at MTSO and the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving are pleased 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 one-day intensive course presented 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13. The nonprofit Lake Institute, a program of the nationally renowned Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University, specializes in congregational fundraising. 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.

Through this course, you will develop an in-depth understanding of:

  • Fundraising
  • Campaigns
  • Analyzing your unique congregational context.

“Creating Congregational Cultures of Generosity” will help pastors and their leadership teams rethink their role in congregational finances, become better stewards of their donors’ gifts and awaken an ongoing spirit of generosity within their communities. It will provide valuable learning material, training, theological reflection and ongoing plans of action for participants.

Tuition is $85 per person, which includes lunch and an accompanying notebook. 

The registration deadline is Aug. 30. 

Multiple representatives of individual congregations are encouraged to attend together. Join us for a hands-on training experience that can forever impact clergy, treasurers and lay leaders.

Register now.

Looking for more? Consider this four-weekend class on cultural generosity.

MTSO seminary students and leaders from congregations will come together this fall for a four-weekend course, “Faith, Money and Stewardship.” This class will meet over a series of Friday nights and full-day Saturday sessions on these dates: Oct. 11-12, Nov. 1-2, Nov. 15-16, and Dec. 6-7.

The cost for auditing this course is $200 – or just $75 for persons 60 and over. Continuing education units are available for an additional fee of $50.

For detailed information about “Faith, Money and Stewardship,” email Lisa Withrow. To register for this class, email Sue Lamphere.

The registration deadline for “Faith, Money and Stewardship” is Sept. 5.


Both courses will be held on the campus of Methodist Theological School in Ohio, 3081 Columbus Pike in Delaware, Ohio. Click here for a Google map. From Columbus, it’s easily reached by traveling 10 miles north of I-270 on U.S. Route 23. Ample free parking is provided.

More information

To learn more about “Creating Congregational Cultures of Generosity,” contact Associate Academic Dean Lisa Withrow at 740-362-3343 or

Register for “Creating Congregational Cultures of Generosity” now.