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For more information about the ECRF program at Shaw University, please contact Mena Lewis at 919.719.1081 or via email at mlewis@shawu.edu. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you on campus!

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Seminar and Reading Requirements

Seminar One: Nurturing Generous Congregations &Organizations

Learning Objectives

  • Introduce each participant to the tools with which to assess the level of generosity in their organization or congregation
  • Explore the socio-religious dynamics of generosity
  • Discover the keys to building an organizational structure nurturing generous giving
  • Learn how to institutionalize generosity: the role of values, beliefs, vision, mission and story-telling

Learning Tools to be utilized in theseminar

  • The Generosity Checklist
  • The Adaptive Leadership Model
  • The Hedgehog Concept

Required Reading (to be read prior to theseminar)

  • Jim Collins: Good to Great and the Social Sectors   

Suggested Bibliography

  • Dan & Chip Heath, Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard
  • R. Heifetz, A. Grashow, M. Linksy, The Practice of Adaptive Leadership
  • John Kotter, LeadingChange
  • Christine Pohl, Living into Community: Cultivating Practices That Sustain Us
  • Karla Williams, Leading the Fundraising Charge                       

Seminar Two: Nurturing Generous Givers

Learning Objectives

  • Discover the difference between transactional and transformational giving
  • Assess your personal giving history and money autobiography
  • Explore the relationship between spiritual values and generous giving
  • The role of donor care as an extension of the practice of pastoral care
  • Learn how to walk in the donor’s world

Learning Tools to be utilized in the seminar

  • The Philanthropic Autobiography
  • The Cycle of Discernment
  • The New Giving Paradigm

Required Reading (to be read prior to the seminar)

  • Julie Salamon, Rambam’s Ladder   

Suggested Bibliography

  • Paul Schervish & Keith Whitaker, Wealth and the Will of God
  • Laura Arrillage-Andreessen, Giving 2.0                  

Seminar Three: Fundraising as Ministry

Learning Objectives

  • Awaken for priests, deacons, development professionals and leaders a spiritual way of looking at fundraising as an opportunity to nurture diverse donors and facilitate their application of generosity principles in a parish setting
  • Examine the metrics used to measure philanthropy while exploring the role of relationships and faith-building opportunities for donors
  • Learn how to solicit gifts unapologetically and act on your personal assurance of God's abundance
  • Incorporate your theological tradition in a personalized approach to fundraising; integrating key stakeholders in planning; and promote discernment and adaptive leadership in discipleship development

Learning Tools to be utilized in the seminar

This seminar will be an interactive learning experience that includes a mix of instructional methods such as mini-lectures, interactive discussions, individual work, and case study application.

  • The Giving Pyramid
  • The Constituency Model
  • Case Preparation

Required Reading (to be read prior to the seminar)

  • Henri Nouwen, The Spirituality of Fundraising 

Suggested Bibliography

  • Thom Jeavons and Rebekah Basinger, Growing Givers' Hearts: Treating Fundraising as a Ministry
  • Kristine Miller & Scott McKenzie, Bounty: Ten Ways to Increase Giving at Your Church
  • Daniel Conway, Advancing the Mission of the Church
  • Anthony Robinson, Stewardship for Vital Congregations

Seminar Four: Shaping a Theology of Money

Learning Objectives

  • Learn how to talk about faith, money and giving with theological integrity
  • Explore various theologies of money and giving
  • Discover what your own theological tradition has to say on this subject
  • Craft a personal theology of faith, money and giving appropriate to your congregation and organization

Learning Tools to be utilized in the seminar

  • Congregational Ethnographic Studies
  • The taboo of money-talk
  • The role of moral inquiry
  • The Bible and Money

Required Reading (to be read prior to the seminar)

  • Luke Timothy Johnson, The Life of Faith and the Faithful Use of Possessions(PDF available thru Lake Institute on Faith & Giving)

Suggested Bibliography

  • Elliot N. Dorff, The Way Into Tikkum Olam
  • Luke Timothy Johnson, Sharing Possessions: What Faith Demands
  • Edward Vacek, A Catholic Theology of Philanthropy (Essay in Religious Giving, IU Press)
  • Sondra Wheeler, Freely Give, (Essay in Religious Giving, IU Press)
  • Ben Witherington III, Jesus and Money