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The Generosity Project

 We are excited to announce that the Central Pacific Coast region, in partnership with American Baptist Churches USA Office of the General Secretary, received a Palmer Grant from ABHMS to expand The Generosity Project in 2019-2020!  The Generosity Project is a collaborative effort between ABCUSA, regions, and local congregations.  The Generosity Project aims to help pastors re-frame the conversation around stewardship and generosity in their congregations. Bi-monthly blogs help support new growth and understanding as we deepen our ministry and discipleship. 

The Generosity Project examines the challenge of stewardship in the 21st century and looks at learning how to re-frame the conversation. It looks at how we can create experiments to nurture generosity in ourselves, our families, and our congregations. With questions, please contact Rev. Stacy Emerson, ABCUSA Stewardship Facilitator: 800-ABC-3USA x2010, or stacy.emerson@abc-usa.org.

Blog Posts

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

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

The Generosity Project: Yeast, Salt, and Light: A Recipe for a Moving, Meaningful, and Mission-Focused Stewardship Ministry
Presented by Marcia Shetler, Executive Director/CEO of the Ecumenical Stewardship Center

Stewardship For All Generations
The presentation shared during the webinar can be found here.
Presented by Grace Duddy Pomroy

Preaching about Stewardship
Presented by Rev. Dr. Christine Roush, Director of Discipleship for the American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS)

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 margaretmarcuson.com.

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.