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Congregations Learning and Practicing Abundance

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Religious organizations, including (or especially) congregations, need to develop practices and patterns of life that encourage growth in generosity if they are to thrive in a changing context. With new research about congregational giving, Lake Institute offers a way to understand more about how congregations can develop those new practices of abundance, and why it matters. This workshop, for past participants in the Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising course, will address two main themes: how congregations can develop their capacity as learning organizations, and how an asset-based approach to stewardship and mission can transform congregational expectations about scarcity and abundance. We will work through peer consultation, and focus on application of learning in context. 

Dates: February 10-11, 2020; Monday: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm; Tuesday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Location: Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, McCord Community Center, McCord 204, 100 East 27th Street, Austin, 78705

Limit: 35 participants

Prerequisite: previous participation in an ECRF course + these required readings:
Tim Shapiro’s How Your Congregation Learns
Dave Odom’s "How to nurture a Christian way of Life"
Mike Mather’s Having Nothing, Possessing Everything

Cost: $495 - includes breakfasts and refreshments in the meeting room.  If you are interested in on-campus housing or would like recommendations for nearby guest lodging, please contact Mikala McFerren at 512-404-4857 or