St. Christopher hosts free TENS stewardship workshop June 11, 18, 25

St. Christopher hosts free TENS stewardship workshop June 11, 18, 25

St. Christopher Episcopal Church in Fort Worth invites people throughout the diocese to attend three free webcast sessions of “Walking the Way,” the June conference of The Episcopal Network for Stewardship (TENS). Stewardship teams, clergy, and donors are especially invited to see the national conference presentations and learn more about the theology and the nuts and bolts of stewardship in the congregation.

Three Wednesday evenings – June 11, June 18, and June 25 – St. Christopher will offer one of the presentations from the TENS conference held in Atlanta on June 6 and 7. Beginning at 7pm, participants will view a presentation, and then will have a time to reflect on the material and share insights and practical wisdom with others from around the diocese. Participants are welcome to bring a brown-bag dinner; beverages will be provided. Eucharist will be celebrated at 6:15 in the chapel, for those who choose to arrive early.

On June 11, the program will kick off with the keynote presentation offered by Joan Chittister, well-known author, spiritual leader, and Benedictine nun. She will address “The Spirituality of Philanthropy: Ministry of Money.” Chittister reminds us, “Clearly, the purpose of wealth is not security.  The purpose of wealth is reckless generosity, the kind that sings of the lavish love of God, the kind that rekindles hope on dark days, the kind that reminds us that God is with us always.”

On June 18, participants will view the TENS workshop on the annual giving campaign in a congregation, titled “A Path Ahead.” Presenters will be The Rev. Laurel Johnston, executive director of TENS who visited the Diocese of Fort Worth in 2012, and Kristine Miller, who serves on the TENS board.

The final week’s presentation on June 25 will feature Nancy Davidge, editor of the Episcopal Church Foundation’s  Vital Practices blog. She will offer practical nuts-and-bolts wisdom for “Communicating Stewardship Year ‘Round.”

All are welcome to attend, one, two, or all three sessions – and it’s free, no pre-registration required. Come and learn about the benefits of whole-life stewardship in growing your congregation. Or host your own watch party on your own schedule for the TENS webcast. Find out how here.

St. Christopher is located at 3550 SW Loop 820, Fort Worth, TX 76133.