Church Economics: Remembering our mission

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Churches are in economic crisis. The reasons are well known: declining membership, buildings constructed for a previous generation, underutilized resources and now Covid. It is clear our business models no longer work. But there is more to the story. Our economic crisis is in fact a crisis of mission. When we are struggling to keep our heads above water it’s easy to lose sight of our “why.”

But in the midst of this crisis, some bright lights are emerging:

  • Churches using their assets to transform their communities and provide security across generations.
  • Shuttered houses of worship giving birth to new enterprises to meet the needs of their neighbors.
  • Pastors partnering with local governments to alleviate homelessness and provide a path to permanent housing.
  • Denominations choosing to creatively and courageously make change on a wholesale basis.

Join this community of innovators on October 8 to hear their stories. Learn what’s working, what practitioners are discovering, and catch a new imagination for what’s possible.

Church Economics is the first of a set of partner events. The second event, Neighborhood Economics: Healing our communities, will be held Tuesday, November 17. The twin economic crises in the church and in the country have been laid bare in new ways this past year. Rather than viewing them as separate forces, Faith+Finance sees these crises as two sides of the same coin. And they share a common solution: It's time for the church to reclaim its mission. 

Both the October and November event will be anchored with keynote speakers and an engaging interactive workshop that provides a tool and framework for participants to use and apply in their own context., as well as dynamic panels of practitioners, entrepreneurs, and community leaders.

Registration costs are $45 for Church Economics and $95 for Neighborhood Economics. Or join our online community for a Prime Membership of $74.99 and get a discount code for both events and all other Faith+Finance offerings in 2020 free.

Schedule

· Stage
Opening Plenary
Tim Soerens
· Stage
Workshop: What Now?
An interactive workshop hosted by RootedGood based on their newly released tool for leading from mission.
· Sessions
Leading Through Change
Hear from leaders with expertise in the hard work of helping pastors and church leaders imagine a new future.
· Sessions
What Are Our Assets?
When congregations understand what their assets are it often opens the way to leverage them to preserve and enhance the congregation’s mission.
· Sessions
How to Reimagine Assets in Transition
The old business model of the church is failing but innovative practitioners are finding new ways to be sustainable and make a difference.
· Sessions
Break
· Sessions
Assets in Transition: A Case Study
Learn about what the UMC is doing with churches in North Carolina.
· Sessions
Preaching and Teaching in Difficult Times
Too often it’s difficult to preach about the most pressing issues, but if the church is silent on difficult topics, how can we proclaim the Good News?
· Sessions
Taking Common Action
Clergy clusters, denominations, and conferences are forging creative partnerships as they create new ‘business models’ for the Church.
· Stage
Closing Plenary
Rev. Dr. Willie James Jennings

Speakers

Tim Soerens
Tim Soerens

Author. Convener. Entrepreneur.

Rev. Dr. Willie James Jennings
Rev. Dr. Willie James Jennings

Author, Speaker, Yale Divinity Professor

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