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Culture of Generosity
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Sharing Christ in Seattle: Union Church
Union Church in Seattle is a beautiful community of Presbyterians sharing the love of Christ in Seattle in unusual ways. The church hosts a coffee shop, cafe and event space during the week, and worship on Sundays. This creative venture is supported by the Seattle Presbytery, University Presbyterian Church and the Presbyterian Foundation. Watch the video to see how the church carries out its mission.
A Hill of Hope – Bright Stars of Bethlehem
A look at the Dar al-Kalima College in Bethlehem.
1001: Funding New Worshiping Communities
Presbyterians are doing church in all kinds of creative ways - and the Presbyterian Foundation is helping - identifying resources and making them available for new worshiping communities.
American Memorial Church
Evangelical Theological Seminary, Cuba
Gambell Alaska – Building for Revival
On a rocky island in the Bering Sea, just 30 miles from the coast of Siberia, the Eskimo village of Gambell Alaska is home to a Presbyterian congregation with a big vision. They want to see a new revival sweep the Church, and they hope it will start with them.
God’s Hidden Treasures
Presbyterian congregations are joining hands to support God's Hidden Treasures, a ministry in Ukraine to children and adults with physical or mental challenges. The Presbyterian Foundation is helping.
Jinishian Memorial Fund
The Jinishian Memorial Program carries out relief and development work among the Armenian communities in the Middle East and Armenia. With wars raging in Syria and Iraq, their work has become even more vital.
Near East School of Theology – Benjamin Weir
The Near East School of Theology (NEST) serves a vital role educating leaders for churches in the Middle East. The school has created a scholarship in honor of Ben Weir, former mission worker, hostage, and moderator of the PC(USA) General Assembly.
Syria Relief Work
Veeda Javaid – Presbyterian Education Board
Veeda Javaid, director of the Presbyterian Education Board in Pakistan, describes the schools and ministries there, especially in Martinpur, named for Presbyterian missionary Samuel Martin.
Wycliffe Short Version
Wycliffe – Kuna Scripture Dedication
This video tells the story of the forty year effort to translate the Bible into the Kuna language, and shows the celebrations among the Kuna people of Panama upon receiving the printed bibles in September, 2014.
A Culture of Giving
Pastor Rob Erickson of First Presbyterian Church in Jefferson City, Missouri encourages his congregation to know the importance of giving back. He discusses the generous donations that members have made to not only sustain, but grow the church.
A Legacy of Trust
Ruth White tells us the story of her friend Iris and the gift she gave to Trinity Presbyterian Church in Pensacola that allowed them to expand their ministries beyond what the normal operating budget allowed.
Chaplains to the Community
Pastor Alan Cummings of Silver Springs Shores Presbyterian Church in Ocala, Florida leads his congregation in focusing on community outreach and service. They do so through numerous programs such as The Boys and Girls Club, a daycare center, and emergency assistance. He points out the important role that planned giving plays in their outreach ministries.
Donor Advised Fund
Rev. Kerry Slinkard and his wife Lisa talk about their decision to use a donor-advised fund for their charitable giving.
Faithful Choices – Big Impact
Judy Whitford of First Presbyterian Church in Iowa City, Iowa makes a big impact through her decision to leave ten percent of her estate to the church. She hopes that it will help her congregation empower others in the future as they have empowered her in the past.
Price Gwynn – Start the Conversation
Challenging Presbyterians to openly discuss bequests/planned gifts to the church as a witness to their testimony and provide valuable resources for generations to come.
Howard Poole and his family used a Permanent Endowment Fund from the Presbyterian Foundation to create a lasting and effective ministry to feed people.
3 Ways to Give
You can make a difference in the lives of others.
Project Regeneration: Grace Presbyterian
Two churches in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, were both seeking new identities. They came together to form a new church, Grace Presbyterian, that is now thriving. Learn their inspiring story through this terrific video created by our team.
Project Regeneration Overview
Introduction to Project Regeneration
Astoria Presbyterian Church
A congregation in New York City reinvents itself after selling its crumbling building.
Friendship Presbyterian Church
The story of how 2 churches on the outskirts of Chicago have become one and experienced new vitality, vision & financial freedom.
Tom Taylor shares the story of Pilgrimage Presbyterian Church crafted an enduring legacy with the help of the Presbyterian Foundation's Project Regeneration.
Dig into the past, present and future of the Reformation 500 years on since Luther’s 95 Theses.
500 years ago, Martin Luther published his 95 Theses, an act many credit as the start of the Reformation. How does that history inform our Church today?
Wittenberg, Zurich and Geneva: Cradles of the Reformation
Wittenberg, Zurich and Geneva gave birth to two great streams of reformation doctrine in life. Streams that flow into the present and guide our faith today.
Martin Luther was a seminal figure in the Protestant Reformation rejecting certain teachings and practices in the Roman Catholic church.
A Witness to the Reformation
"Wherever the Word of God is purely preached and heard, and the sacraments administered in accordance with Christ's institution, there, it cannot be doubted, a church of God exists." John Calvin
Zwingli was a leader of the Reformation in Switzerland. He is the only major reformer of the 16th century whose movement did not evolve into a church.
John Calvin was a central developer of the system of Christian theology called Calvinism or Reformed theology. He is famous for his teachings and writings, in particular for his Institutes of the Christian Religion.
Reformed and Always to be Reformed According to the Word of God
Episode 7 of the Presbyterian Foundation's Reformation Series
Learn more about the Foundation’s impact investment projects in the Middle East.
4 minute overview of the Presbyterian Foundation's middle east investment program
Introduction to the Presbyterian Foundation's Positive Investment in Palestine program.
Overview – Enhanced
Introduction to the Presbyterian Foundation's Positive Investment in Palestine program, including interviews with Palestinian, Israeli, and US stakeholders.
The Presbyterian Foundation's Investment in construction of a solar energy facility should reduce the electric costs for the Arab Development Society by 1/3.
A microfinance loan of just $3000 helped Bouthaina, a young woman in Ramallah, open four stores and create sustainable jobs.
Part of the Transformational Investment Series with the Presbyterian Foundation, Dar al-Kalima College in Bethlehem provides hope and a future to the young people of Palestine.
Jordan River Baptism Site
The Presbyterian Foundation has invested in the construction of a guest house and retreat facility at the site of Jesus's baptism near Bethany beyond the Jordan. The site is owned and operated by the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Jordan and the Holy Land.
New Generation Technologies
Nazareth-based New Generation Technologies brings together Arab and Jewish scientists and researchers to launch new life-sciences companies. They incubate new technologies, and create conditions for peace.
Culture of Generosity
A culture of generosity celebrates the resources God has given us and understands the spiritual impact that giving away those resources has on us as individuals and as congregations. In this seminar Kevin Garvey explores the biblical and theological basis for generosity, applies these principles to annual & legacy giving efforts, and shows you how to develop a Generosity/Stewardship annual calendar and create an implementation plan for your church.
Creating a Culture of Generosity
Culture of Generosity Part 1: Leadership
Part 1 of 4. A culture of generosity celebrates the resources God has given us and understands the spiritual impact that giving away those resources has on us as individuals and as congregations. In this seminar Kevin Garvey explores the biblical and theological basis for generosity, applies these principles to annual & legacy giving efforts, and shows you how to develop a Generosity/Stewardship annual calendar and create an implementation plan for your church.
Culture of Generosity Part 2: Ready Set Give
Culture of Generosity Part 3: Solicitation
Culture of Generosity Part 4: Recognition
Watch workshops on topics related to giving, church stewardship, and financial best practices.
Christian Financial Planning for Generations
Creating a Culture of Generosity
Drafting a Winning Stewardship and Generosity Team
Foundation as Partner
Funding Presbyteries in a New Environment
Funny You Should Ask About Stewardship
Let the Budget Speak the Vision!
Living and Leaving a Legacy
Making Money Move for Mission and Ministry
It exists - it is there - millions of dollars that can make a difference. It may be in the rainy day fund or your pocket or someone else's pocket. In this video, Lisa Longo and Charlie Spencer present ways to tap these resources, remove road blocks, and grease the skids to get money moving through the system to support mission and ministry.
Making the Ask
The Pastor as CEO
Personal Financial Planning
Practical Planned Giving 101
Ready … Set … Give
Role of the Pastor in Stewardship
Sermon: By Speaking the Truth in Love
Smaller Capital Campaigns
Stewardship for Children
Understanding Stewardship in Racial and Ethnic Communities