In August 2015 the SW Mn Synod, in partnership with the SE Mn Synod and Gustavus Adolphus College, presented a “in person” and “live stream” event called “Building a Stewardship House: Laying a foundation of Generosity.”
The “live stream” event was recorded. (see playlist link below).
The opening, closing and four selected topic talks addressed “generosity” in creative ways. The goal was to add an alternative voice to a prominent one in our “money and market based” culture, a culture often marked by fear, scarcity and secrecy when it comes to talking about money and its power in our lives. The alternative voice, God’s Generosity lived out through God’s people!
The opening and closing was offered by ELCA Bishops Jon Anderson (SW MN) and Steven Delzer (SE MN). They provided a framework for the conversations. Speakers, Catherine Malotky (Luther Seminary Development office), Adam Copeland (“Center for Stewardship Leaders” at Luther Seminary, director), and David Anfinson (CPA and owner of Anfinson Thompson Accounting and Financial Services, Willmar, MN) each addressed areas spelled out on the downloadable flyer. Each speaker was invited to do a “TED talk” style presentation. (TED talks = 18 minutes sharing “one great idea”) Flyer pdf: http://swmnelca.org/PDF/building_stewardship_downsized.pdf
Chris Kiewel, a dedicated servant of Jesus, provided technology help with GAC technology director, Matt Dobesenski. Chris “edited” the event to create this “playlist.” It offers a “brief intro” to each talk. Each section includes the talk followed by a “Q and A time.”
How do you use these talks? We would recommend them as something to share in council meetings, Stewardship planning sessions or within the Finance conversations taking place in local church settings. Especially we want to encourage the importance of a “Narrative Budget” (David Anfinson talk). A valuable resource to explore this topic is: http://www.centerforfaithandgiving.org/Resources/AdministrativeResources/BuildingaNarrativeBudget/tabid/950/Default.aspx
Playlist of the entire list of talks: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLF5IfLOo8dTJLu97NiBOo1MBJYnZm2GMr
For questions please contact: Rev. Larry Strenge firstname.lastname@example.org