IMN Conference Plenary Sessions

IMN Conference Plenary Sessions

Plenary Session
Tuesday, November 12, 2019 – 9:30 am to 12:45 pm

How to be an Effective Financial Leader in Interim Ministry — Part One
Assessing Congregational Health

Kristine Miller and Scott McKenzie

The focus of this plenary will be understanding current trends in philanthropy and their implication for churches in transition. When beginning an interim ministry, how can you quickly determine a church’s relative financial health, including faith dimensions of generosity? We will begin a discussion on best practices to address those issues raised in the pre-survey. Take aways:

  • Current trends in giving
  • Diagnostic tools for assessment of a church’s generosity health
  • Prescriptions based around assessment

Plenary Session
Wednesday November 13, 2019 – 9:00 am to 12:15 pm

How to be an Effective Financial Leader in Interim Ministry—Part Two
Best Practices for Improving Financial and Spiritual Health

Kristine Miller and Scott McKenzie

This plenary will address current best practices for increasing a congregation’s generosity and financial health. We will not only describe best practices but give specific tools and ideas for immediate implementation of those best practices. Some of the topics include:

  • Mission and vision
  • How to effectively share financial data
  • The importance of spirituality and inspiration in generosity and finances
  • The importance of stories and how to share them
  • Who and how to recruit your team
  • Creating a year-round plan

Plenary Session
Thursday, November 14, 2019 – 8:30 am to 10:00 am

The Gift That Keeps On Giving – Talking to The Experts
Panel of Foundation and Stewardship Experts

We often hear people say that the youth are the future of our church. Actually, youth are the future of someone else’s church. Children and youth often grow up and move away. The future of a church may be grounded in a very overlooked area. It is found in those who are considering their legacy. How someone passes along the gifts in their life can be directed to make the greatest impact on the most amount of people. In essence, legacy giving is the gift that keeps on giving.

You are invited to join in a panel discussion with experts in the area of legacy giving. They represent foundations, different denominations and faith-based groups. We will discuss with them the importance of legacy giving, what a church needs to do to receive and direct these gifts toward mission and ministry, what are the dangers and fallacies surrounding this work, as well as other questions that may arise.

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