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May 2019

Leading a Generosity Revolution – Susquehanna Annual Conference

May 29 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Horizons is pleased to announce, Dr. Scott McKenzie (Partner and Sr. Vice President) will be leading a workshop on May 29: Leading a Generosity Revolution. Tired of reading all the books, attending all the workshops and nothing ever changing?  Maybe, you need a Generosity Revolution. This workshop will lead you in the steps necessary to conduct not a stewardship campaign, but a revolution in giving and generosity. https://horizons.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/scott-127-croppedhalo-removed-1.jpg Horizons partner and Senior Vice President, Scott McKenzie, is a United Methodist…

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June 2019

16:5

June 10 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Northridge Church, 2052 Saint Paul St.
Rochester, New York 14621
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16:5 Conference

16:5 is a conference in Rochester, NY for Church Leaders. Horizons is a sponsor of this conference. Horizons' Senior Vice President, Tom Melzoni,  will offer personal training on how to enhance the generosity culture of your church. It will be hands-on time offering each participant an understanding of year round stewardship, annual and capital campaigns.   To learn more, visit the event website or the 16:5 Facebook page and watch this video: https://www.facebook.com/Acts165/videos/1848741941900904/ To register for this event, click here. To learn…

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July 2019

Leading a Generosity Revolution – Dakota Wesleyan University

July 16 - July 17

Dakota Wesleyan University has invited Scott McKenzie, Partner and Vice President of Horizons, to lead a session on Leading a Generosity Revolution July 16-17.  This session will be attended by the University's Nonprofit Management students. More details to come as they are made available. https://horizons.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/scott-127-croppedhalo-removed-1.jpg Horizons partner and Senior Vice President, Scott McKenzie, is a United Methodist pastor with nearly 25 years experience in stewardship and generosity. Find out more about Scott here.

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October 2019

Leading a Generosity Revolution – ELCA Delaware-Maryland Synod

October 6 - October 8

October 6-8, Horizons Partner and Vice President, Dr. Scott McKenzie will be conducting a seminar, Leading a Generosity Revolution. More details to come as they are made available. https://horizons.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/scott-127-croppedhalo-removed-1.jpg Horizons partner and Senior Vice President, Scott McKenzie, is a United Methodist pastor with nearly 25 years experience in stewardship and generosity. Find out more about Scott here.  

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Leading a Generosity Revolution – ELCA Peconic Conference

October 18

Horizons Partner and Vice President, Dr. Scott McKenzie, will be conducting a one day seminar, Leading a Generosity Revolution on Oct. 12. More details to come as they are made available. https://horizons.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/scott-127-croppedhalo-removed-1.jpg Horizons partner and Senior Vice President, Scott McKenzie, is a United Methodist pastor with nearly 25 years experience in stewardship and generosity. Find out more about Scott here.

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November 2019

2019 IMN Annual Conference

November 11 - November 14
The Conference Center at the Maritime Institute, 692 Maritime Boulevard
Linthicum Heights, Maryland 21090
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2019 IMN Annual Conference - Money Matters

Money Matters - Addressing Issues of Money in Transition. Horizons Partners, Kristine Miller and Scott McKenzie, will be speaking at the 2019 IMN Annual Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, on Nov. 11-14.  This year's conference will be focusing on Money Matters - Addressing Issues of Money in Transition. To find out more about this conference watch the video below. To register today and read more about the conference, click here.     https://horizons.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Kristine-web-1.jpg   To find out more about Kristine Miller, click…

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How to Make the Offering About Love (An Offering Talk for Sunday)

Instead of simply calling the ushers forward, help your congregation understand deeper meaning and connection inherent in the offering time of worship. Use what I call an Offering Talk to connect the offering to the giver’s relationship to God.

An Offering Talk can help your congregation understand the deep meaning and connection inherent in the offertory. It is an ideal stewardship teaching moment.

 

Here’s a sample Offering Talk to use Sunday.

Every night a father tucked his daughter into bed and they would repeat their familiar routine. The little girl would say, “I love you” and her dad would say, “I love you first.” One night, however, the little girl interjected a change. After hearing her father say, “I love you first,” she proclaimed, “I love you always!” And that became their new routine. The little girl has grown and is now a young wife and mother, but daughter and father continue to share these words. The exchange continues to affirm their love and connection. One will say, “I love you first” and then wait to hear the response, “I love you always.”

I love you first, and I love you always.

As wonderful a gift as the love between a parent and child, how much greater and more perfect is the love between God the Creator and those claimed as God’s children? This is the image of the God we have come to worship today. A God whose love reaches back into all our yesterdays and stretches into all our tomorrows. A God who always loves and forgives, who is always there to guide us when we are lost, to strengthen us when we are tired, and who overwhelms our hearts with love and grace. We come today to both acknowledge and praise the One who loves us first and who will love us always.

The motivation for giving is love.

Years ago a widow gave her last two coins as an offering to God. Many still wonder what motivated such a sacrificial gift. Surely she did not expect to have her name engraved on a wall or have the street in front of the Temple named in her honor. She clearly did not anticipate her gift would be lifted up as an example for others to follow centuries later. So what motivated her gift? Maybe she was motivated by a heart-felt desire to declare her life had been blessed by a God who had always met her needs. Blessed by a God who loved her first and always. The widow’s sacrificial offering was the very best way she knew to express that she loved God first. She would love God always.

Too often the offering is viewed as a time to pay the bills.

Today, many see the offering as a way for the church to collect money to pay bills and fund ministries. Yet at its very core, the offering is so much more. The offering is the time we are invited to proclaim, through faith, that we love God first. We love Him more than our jobs, our assets, our possessions, our hobbies, and even our families.

The offering is the time we proclaim our trust in God, above all else, as we move into an unknown future.

It is in giving we stay connected to what is really important in life and not allow materialism to define who we are; and it is in giving that we gain a deeper understanding of the depth of sacrificial love God has for us. It is in giving that we grow in our own personal journey as a follower of Jesus. It is in giving we say to God and to the world those simple, yet life-defining words: “I love you first, and I will love you always.”

 

An Offering Talk connects the act of giving to a higher purpose.

The offering is not a time to pay bills as mentioned above. The act of giving is at the core of what it means to be a follower of Christ. Consider using this talk in your next worship service, or write your own. In either case, help your congregation see the higher purpose of giving in worship.

 

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“Giving” Has to Be One of Your Church’s Key Words

“Giving” as one of the Key Words in Core Strategy

Len Wilson, Horizons’ Communications Strategist, discusses the importance of including “giving” in the key words that define your core strategy. This next video in Horizons’ Giving Intelligence Series will help your church grow in giving and move to the next level of generosity.

When “giving” is included in your core strategies, it conveys the importance of generosity as a part of the discipleship journey and what it means to be a devoted Christ follower.

 

 

If you missed other installments of the Giving Intelligence Series, then click the titles below. Also, sign up for Giving365 in order to access these and other helpful videos as well as more free stewardship resources including insightful eBooks!

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Are You Ready for a Capital Campaign

 

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Are You Ready for a Capital Campaign?

How do you know if you are ready to launch a capital campaign?  

 

Kristine Miller, CFRE, Horizons’ Senior Partner, discusses the five important steps you should take prior to launching a capital campaign to ensure successful results.

 

In this latest video from Horizons’ Giving Intelligence Series, Kristine discusses five actions to take prior to launching a campaign for any project such as building, restoration, debt, missions, endowment, or any other capital needs. Has your church leadership wondered whether or not you’re ready to go? If so, this brief video will provide the insights and answers you are looking for.

 

If you missed other installments of the Giving Intelligence Series, click the titles below. Also, sign up for Giving365 in order to access these and other helpful videos as well as more free stewardship resources including insightful eBooks!

Three Reasons Americans Choose to Give

The Power of Thanks: Four Practical Ministry Funding Impact Strategies

Who Should Have Access to the Giving Records

Three Pockets of Giving

 

To access more of Horizons’ free stewardship resources, click the Giving365 logo below.
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