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Introducing: Generous Congregations

A New Small Group Experience for Clergy & Local Church Financial Leaders

Facilitated by Rev. Dr. Sherry Parker-Lewis and
Sponsored by the UM Foundation of Michigan

You are invited to join a small group of 10-12 United Methodists from the Michigan area and grow the culture of generosity in your church. The group meets online for five 2-hour sessions over 10 months. There is no cost for participation.

Each session is grounded in scripture and encourages a unique vision for local churches. Sessions include opportunities for focused conversation. Participants will choose either a morning session or evening session.

Session 1 – November 16, 2020 (6pm-8pm) OR November 17 (10am-12pm)

Adapting in Changing Times – Discuss the difference between adaptive change and technical fixes. Examine together generosity practices and trends in the local church. Be challenged to work toward adaptive change.

Session 2 – January 11, 2021 (6pm-8pm) OR January 12 (10am-12pm)

Financial Practice Tune-Up – Start the year with strong financial practices, from record keeping to intentional celebrations of generosity. Participants will share their church’s fiscal strengths and growth areas and develop plans to cultivate a culture of generosity.
Session 3 – February 8, 2021 (6pm-8pm) OR February 9 (10am-12pm)

Annual Stewardship Planning – It is never too early to plan for year-round stewardship education and an annual stewardship campaign. Share resources and create individualized 12-month plans.
Session 4 – March 8, 2021 (6pm-8pm) OR March 9 (10am-12pm)

Narrative Budget – Tell the story of the local church’s ministry. Examine steps for creating a compelling narrative budget.
Session 5 – August 23, 2021 (6pm-8pm) OR August 24 (10am-12pm)

Check-In for Progress – Reconvene in preparation for fall ministry. What learnings have been implemented? How can we support one another?

Registration deadline is November 12th. Email Sherry to register.

Would you prefer an individually designed workshop  just for your leadership group?

We can do that!




Mini-Grants – Discipleship Mini-grants of up $250 for creative ministry with children, youth, and/or adults are available. These grants may be used for materials, at-home faith boxes, Advent boxes, etc. The on-line application with additional information can be found here:

Playlists – Churches and families can find free curated resources for growing in their faith around a theme, topic, or Bible Story. Playlists about Emotions, Faith Practices, Bible Basics (great for kids who just received a new Bible), and coming soon: Fruit of the Spirit, are available here:


Rev. Kathy Pittenger
Children’s Initiatives Coordinator
Michigan Conference of The United Methodist Church
(o) 517.347.4030 x 4077
(m) 517.897.4483