Contact Rev. Lisa Ahlness if you are interested in scheduling one of these workshops with your congregation.
- “Money Leadership for Thriving Congregations” Can be done as an overnight retreat or in six sessions. Lays a scriptural foundation for money management and allows you to address money issues in your context.
- “Asset Mapping” A 90 minute workshop which can be a great jump-start if you’re stuck in a rut and not seeing any options, or if you’re beginning something new. Can also be done in conjunction with the book “The Great Permission: An Asset-based Field Guide for Congregations.” (available from ELCA)
- “Stewardshops” is a series of skill-based workshops for stewardship leaders in congregations. Through these workshops leaders become prepared to introduce and implement basic practices within the congregation. Each workshop addresses a specific stewardship skill from thanking people to asking for contributions to fostering accountability. Free online materials linked to ELCA stewardship website.
- “Ventures in Growing Stewards”is a four-part workshop series that develops a vision and plan for growing stewards through a year round stewardship ministry. The process is organic in that each congregation develops an approach to fit their context and culture. With a trained leader provided by the synod, a cluster of six to eight congregations journey together for ten months. Each congregation has a team of four to six people. Eight different annual financial response alternatives are provided. The results have included spiritual renewal, developing a team-based approach to ministry, increases in regular giving, and growth in mission interpretation and support.