The Generosity Project

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The Generosity Project pilot program will run from September 2017-December 2018 with a cohort group of pastors from New England regions. The cohort will be created through a nomination and application process in consultation with regional executive ministers. The cohort will begin by defining generosity and stewardship and sharing our stories of celebration around personal and corporate generosity. We will examine the challenge of stewardship in the 21st century and learn how to re-frame the conversation. Finally, we will create experiments to nurture generosity in ourselves, our families, and our congregations. The cohort will be led by Rev. Stacy Emerson, ABCUSA Stewardship Facilitator: 800-ABC-3USA x2010, or

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Blog Posts

Understanding Our Relationship With Money, Marcia Shetler
Preaching on Stewardship, Stacy Emerson

What is your why?, Stacy Emerson

Generosity Project: Generous Hospitality, Lonnie A. Brown

Generosity Project: Living in Abundance, Lonnie A. Brown
Great Teams Lead to Great Generosity, Marcia Shetler

Generosity and Faith: The Connecting Thread, Marcia Shetler
Cultivate Generosity in Your Church by Sharing The Story, Margaret Marcuson
How to Increase Generosity in your Church: Ask! Margaret Marcuson
Generosity Project: Who Do We Trust? Kenneth Marsenburg
Easter and Our Generosity Project Journey, Kenneth Marsenburg
Where You Find Responsible Stewardship You Find Responsive Mission, Lisa Harris-Lee
Where You Find Great Gratitude You Find Great Generosity, Lisa Harris-Lee
Seven Things Pastors Must NOT Do in Church Finance, Margaret Marcuson
Seven Things Pastors Must Do in Church Finance, Margaret Marcuson
Generosity is Counterintuitive, Steve Bils
Generosity is Modeled and Mimicked, Steve Bils
Generosity: The Subject Jesus Talked About Most, Kenneth Marsenburg
Generosity: Gratefulness and Love, Kenneth Marsenburg
Generosity is Profound, Marcia L. Shetler
Living Generously Begins With Trust, Marcia L. Shetler

Stewardship Book Reviews

Ask, Thank, Tell by Charles Lane, reviewed by Margaret Marcuson: The goal of this book, is to perform a dramatic rescue of stewardship, freeing it from any connection whatsoever to “paying the bills.” Stewardship is an intensely spiritual matter that lies close to a disciple’s relationship with Jesus.

The Soul of Money by Lynne Twist, reviewed by Margaret Marcuson: This book shows us that examining our attitudes toward money—earning it, spending it, and giving it away—offers surprising insight into our lives. Lynne Twist asks us to discover our relationship with money, understand how we use it, and by assessing our core human values, align our relationship with it to our desired goals.

Your Money Or Your Life by Joe Dominguez and Vicki Robin, reviewed by Margaret Marcuson: Vicki Robin shows readers how to gain control of their money and finally begin to make a life, rather than just make a living.

Walk with Generosity: A Devotional Journal by Rev. Sandra Dorsainvil, Associate Executive Minister for Mission & Stewardship, The American Baptist Churches of Massachusetts: This is a 40 day devotional journal for nurturing generosity. Intended for any time of the year rather than a particular liturgical season, Rev. Dorsainvil invites readers to reflect on scripture, to find ways to put their faith into action, and “to ponder, reflect, and sit with God for forty days.” She writes, “Each day offers you an opportunity to be a better disciple, a better servant and a better giver of Truth, Hope and Love.”

Celebrating the Offering by Melvin Amerson and James Amerson: Giving is an act of worship. But so often it is an awkward or minor part of our worship experience. Brothers and colleagues in ministry, Melvin and James Amerson walk us through the biblical foundations for worship through our giving and provide practical resources for deepening the spiritual practice of giving.

At the Crossroads: Leadership Lessons for the Second Half of Life by Clayton Smith & Dave Wilson: The life of stewardship is also the stewardship of life. As we consider entering into or living in retirement, how do we claim God’s purpose for our lives in our service, in our giving, and in our legacy? At the Crossroads is a six-week Bible-based study offering comprehensive, practical help for Christians who are approaching, entering, or already in retirement.


Stewardship Webinars

Six Stewardship-related webinars have been produced by ABCUSA’s office of Mission Resource Development to date.

The Generosity Project – Money and Your Ministry
Presented by Rev. Margaret Marcuson
Rev. Margaret Marcuson helps ministers do their work without wearing out or burning out, through ministry coaching, presentations and online resources. Find her at

The Generosity Project – Can We Talk? About Money? In Church?
Presented by Marcia Shetler, Executive Director/CEO of the Ecumenical Stewardship Center

Generosity Project – The Personal is Communal; the Individual is Corporate
Presented by Lisa Harris-Lee, Director of Mission Engagement and National Network Initiatives for the American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS)

Stewardship & Generosity Trends
Presented by Marcia Shetler, Executive Director and CEO of the Ecumenical Stewardship Center
View full resources from this Webinar here.

UNCOMMON CENTS: A Christian Approach to Modern Stewardship & Giving
Presented by Reverend Bill Keane, Senior Minister of the First Baptist Church of Branford, CT

How to Lead in Stewardship – Raise More Money with Less Stress
Presented by Rev. Margaret Marcuson

These webinars were produced by the office of Mission Resource Development, American Baptist Churches USA. This ministry is made possible because of your generous support of United Mission.


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