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Pastors, lay members gained insights about stewardship

Pastors and members of a number of PNW Conference Churches met the weekend of July 21 in at Sunnyslope United Church in Wenatchee for a Summer Stewardship Conference in Wenatchee to learn how to create a culture of generosity in churches.

Summer Stewardship Conference participants share.
Photo courtesy of Tammy Stampfli

The Rev. Andrew DeBraber, a major gift officer for the United Church of Christ and the Rev. Marc Kirchoff, a development officer for the International Cooperating Ministry, utilized materials published by the Lake Institute.

The materials provided a theological foundation for generosity and also gave participants a chance to reflect on their views on money. Each church had the opportunity to reflect on their mission and to start making a plan to tell the story of that mission to members of the congregation.

People give when they understand the need, and 85 percent of donations follow a direct solicitation, presenters said.

Participants in the event learned to be more comfortable asking for the funds needed to carry out the mission of the church, said Tammy Stampfli, pastor at the United Churches in Olympia and member of the PNC Stewardship Committee.

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