2011 The Episcopal Network for Stewardship Conference: Inspiring Generations in Generosity
Exploring avenues of generosity will be the major focus of the 2011 Conference of The Episcopal Network for Stewardship (TENS) on June 3 and 4 at Camp Allen in Navasota, TX.
With the theme Inspiring Generations in Generosity, the 2011 TENS conference is a stewardship conference designed for clergy and lay leaders. Plenary sessions, workshops and resources will explore challenges and gifts of inspiring multi-generations in generosity and stewardship.
âOur journey as Godâs stewards begins around the baptismal font â" the well of Godâs generosity,â commented the Rev. Laurel Johnston, Episcopal Church Stewardship Program Officer and member of the TENS board of directors. âThe ministry of stewardship is to help people of all ages continue to make choices that flow from their baptismal identities. The question before us and our conference speaker and workshop leaders is: How does each generation claim that life of generosity that God calls us to?â
The conference is organized by TENS and hosted and sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of Texas. Event sponsors include the Episcopal Church Office of Stewardship, Episcopal Church Foundation, Saint Francis Community Services, and the Episcopal Dioceses of Dallas, Fort Worth, Oklahoma and West Texas.
The weekend will kick off with pre-conference discussions on Thursday and Friday specifically for diocesan development/stewardship staff.
Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis Bishop Catherine Waynick will preach at the opening worship on Generosity and Baptismal Identity. Presiding at the Eucharist will be Bishop Andy Doyle of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas.
Plenary session speakers are the Rev. Karl Travis, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Fort Worth TX, and Dr. Courtney Cowart, noted author and regional director of Calling Congregations for The Fund for Theological Education.
Twenty-four workshops are offered in three themed tracks: Iâm New to Stewardship; Expanding our Knowledge and Perfecting Practices; and Building Mentor and Consultant Skills.
Expert workshop leaders from the Episcopal Church staff include: Johnston on âReclaiming the Offertory in the Eucharistâ; the Rev. Bob Honeychurch, Church Vitality, on âAbundance and Asset Mappingâ; and Mike Schut, Economic and Environmental Officer, on âStewardship, Happiness and Economics.â Kirk Hadaway, Ph.D, Officer for Congregational Research, will offer a workshop on Numbers and Narrative at the pre-conference event.
âThe 2011 TENS Stewardship Conference provides a unique opportunity for all who desire to nurture deepening commitments to discipleship, generosity and invigorating congregational life,â said Tom Gossen, Executive Director of TENS. âTo reach our goal of inspiring generosity, we all must realize â" sooner, rather than later â" that todayâs congregations contain four and sometimes five generations, and that one message simply does not resonate with all.â
For full schedule and registration information: http://www.tens.org.
The mission of TENS is to inspire generosity and faithful discipleship
The mission of the Episcopal Church Office of Stewardship is to develop core competencies in steward leaders to inspire communities of faith to live into their baptismal calling as Godâs entrusted stewards.
The Episcopal Church welcomes all who worship Jesus Christ in 109 dioceses and three regional areas in 16 nations. The Episcopal Church is a member province of the worldwide Anglican Communion.
Episcopal Church Office of Stewardship: http://www.episcopalchurch.org/stewardship
Camp Allen: www.campallen.org
The Episcopal Church: www.episcopalchurch.org