Posts in Congregational Resources
Phoenix Generosity Project Photos

View this post to see photos from our first synod Generosity Project Lab, representing eight decades, six generations, and five congregations. Recently featured in Living Lutheran, the Generosity Project connects generations and equips households for the faith practice of generosity.

Register for the Tucson and Las Vegas labs: Our Saviour’s Lutheran, Tucson, 10/12/2019; Reformation Lutheran, Las Vegas, 11/2/2019.

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Tithe.ly webinar on expanded website and church management services

Has your congregation struggled to manage membership data? Does your website need a fresh look? Are you looking for easier ways to connect with members and the community?

Tithe.ly is now expanding its product line to offer website services and church management software to ELCA congregations at a low cost. Learn more by joining us for a webinar on Thursday, Oct. 17, at 2 p.m. Central Time. Register here.

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Workers’ compensation insurance

Can your congregation withstand a $1.3 million workers’ compensation claim filed by an employee? Three surgeries after an administrative assistant took a fall, that’s what the bill came to.

In almost every state, employers are required to buy workers’ compensation insurance, both to protect employers from lawsuits that result from workplace accidents and to provide medical care and compensation for lost income to employees hurt in workplace accidents.

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Register this week for Phoenix & Tucson Generosity Project Lab

Recently featured in Living Lutheran, the Generosity Project connects generations and equips households for the faith practice of generosity. This is the week to register for the Phoenix and Tucson labs.

  • All Saints Lutheran, Phoenix, 10/5/2019

  • Our Saviour’s Lutheran, Tucson, 10/12/2019

  • Reformation Lutheran, Las Vegas, 11/2/2019.

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Register soon for Phoenix Area Generosity Project Lab

Deadlines are quickly approaching for congregations and individuals to sign up for The Generosity Project’s Labs, which connects generations and equips households for the faith practice of generosity. Register and learn more here.

  • All Saints Lutheran, Phoenix, 10/5/2019

  • Our Saviour’s Lutheran, Tucson, 10/12/2019 • Registration deadline: 10/4/2019

  • Reformation Lutheran, Las Vegas, 11/2/2019 • Registration deadline: 10/25/2019

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We Are Church, We are Called: 50, 40, 10

In 2019 and 2020 we celebrate 50 years of Lutheran women being ordained in the United States, 40 years of women of color being ordained, and 10 years of LGBTQIA+ individuals being able to serve freely.

We lament that women have been barred from serving and have been bullied, dismissed and excluded. We also celebrate the gifts and service that women have brought to our church and our world as pastors.

Congregations are encouraged to hold commemorative events throughout the year! Resources are available to help congregations observe these anniversaries.

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"Best Skills Best Churches" Educational Program available

The Episcopal Diocese of Arizona is offering a holistic nonprofit management graduate/executive level certificate program: Best Skills Best Churches. Six classes cover volunteers, laws/legal, human relations, marketing, financial management, and fundraising.

Courses are one each month, beginning this November and ending in April, 2020. One track for priest and pastors runs on Thursdays, another track for deacons and lay leaders runs on Saturdays. The cost is $485 and includes lunch and all course materials.

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The Generosity Project: An intergenerational, household focused approach to stewardship

The ELCA Generosity Project is coming to the Grand Canyon Synod! Learn about the opportunity to develop disciples and steward leaders across multiple generations in your congregation and households.

This intergenerational, household focused approach to stewardship is made possible by a grant from the SOLI Foundation to the Grand Canyon Synod.

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Data security — protecting your congregants’ information

Data security is the critical process of protecting your congregation’s confidential information against unauthorized use. Data such as Personal Identifiable Information (PII), Social Security numbers, addresses, phone numbers, banking information and more lie at the heart of the organization. Keeping this data protected demonstrates responsibility and increases donor confidence.

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VBS: Not For Kids Only

This July, Adult V. (no B.S.) was held at Art House North in Saint Paul, MN, where Humble Walk Lutheran Church usually meets. It was a time for adults of a wide range of experiences to get together for singing, games, art projects, snacks, and speakers sharing their thoughts about stories from the Bible. It was an event with lots of planning input from youth who helped staff it.

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Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leaders

Conflict is normal and inevitable whether in the home, school, community, church or workplace. The Mediation Skills Training Institute presented by the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center (LMPC) is designed to equip church leaders with the skills necessary to deal effectively with interpersonal, congregational, and other forms of group conflict.

The Mediation Skills Training Institute will be held at the Lutheran Center in Glendale, CA from August 26 - 30, 2019. Registering by July 26 to receive an early bird tuition rate of $695 ($895 after). Click here for more information and to download a brochure/registration form.

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August Stewardship Toolkit available

The Rev. Robert C. Blezard continues to provide a “Stewardship Toolkit” for congregations. This month’s theme is “Deceived by the lie of more.” We look at how our culture pressures us to seek happiness by endlessly accumulating more—more stuff, more money, more experiences. The result? Instead of finding peace, too many of God’s people are miserable and drowning in debt.

It consists of an original newsletter article and RCL-based “stewardship snippets” that they can cut and paste into their publications. It also has resources to explore the theme set out in the newsletter article. You can use this permanent URL, https://bit.ly/2EHozvX, for the toolkit. Rob will keep the URL the same but refresh it with the new content every month.more

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