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Academy Agenda

Monday, September 25

11:30 a.m.   Conference Check-in

     (Check-in any time during this hour and a half)

1:00 p.m.     Welcome and Announcements

                     Opening Worship

2:00 p.m.     From Paying the Bills to Serving Gods Vision

                     Session 1

                     Rev. Dr. Lovett Weems

Description: Money is central to the teaching of Jesus and the spiritual life. Yet pastors are uncomfortable talking about it, and laity are happy not to hear about it. Money is also central to your churchs mission. Survival is not a worthy goal but sustaining the mission God has given your church is. Learn to lead with the best theological and practical skills your church so needs today.

3:20 p.m.     Break

3:40 p.m.     Building Your Church Endowment and Maximizing its impact

                     Karen Manckzo

Description: Karen will walk through key steps in building your churchs endowment and specific ways to maximize its impact. Specifically, she will discuss the role of an investment committee and how to create one, the 95/5 rule, aligning your endowment with your churchs broader mission, and the effect of donor engagement.

5:00 p.m.     Break

6:00 p.m.     Dinner

                     State of Church Stewardship Today

                     Ken Sloane

Tuesday, September 26

7:45 a.m.     Breakfast

8:45 a.m.     Devotional

9:00 a.m.     Planned Giving (topic to be determined)

                     Rev. Jeff Taylor and Kim Matthews, CLM

10:20 a.m.   Break

10:30 a.m.   Breakout Sessions (Choose one)

Session A: Financial Stewardship in the Church: Evaluating Investments and Responsibilities of the Finance Committee

Karen Manckzo

Karen will lead an interactive discussion regarding the roles and responsibilities of a church finance committee.  She will also talk through questions and considerations that your church should contemplate when evaluating your investments and investment options by sharing best practices and offering practical tips for effective management.


   Session B: The Best Time to Develop a Stewardship Strategy

                     Ken Sloane

An African proverb goes, “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, the second-best time is today.”

Similarly, the best time to develop a year-round plan for growing generous disciples in your congregation was last year, second best is right now. Join us as we explore ways your team can have an intentional plan for incorporating stewardship & generosity into your 2024 plans!

Noon            Lunch

1:00 p.m.     Sustaining God Mission Through Your Congregation

                     Session 2

                     Rev. Dr. Lovett Weems

2:45 p.m.     Break

3:00 p.m.     Ways to Encourage Faithful Giving

                     Session 3

                     Rev. Dr. Lovett Weems

4:30 p.m.     Break

6:00 p.m.     Dinner BBQ

Wednesday, September 27

7:45 a.m.     Breakfast

8:45 a.m.     Devotional

9:00 a.m.     Pastoral Leadership for Finances

                     Session 4

                     Rev. Dr. Lovett Weems

11:00 a.m.    Dismissal

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