Stewardship Day

The Diocese of Michigan and The Episcopal Network for Stewardship (TENS) present

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“Shining Our Light”

Diocesan Stewardship Day

July 20, 10am – 3pm

St. Paul’s, Brighton

Cost: $25 (scholarships available!)

This day is for clergy, wardens, stewardship committees, vestries, and anyone interested in learning more about effective annual campaigns and proven strategies for increasing giving in our congregations.

The purpose of our day is to give congregational leaders tools to improve their annual campaigns, increase giving and develop a year-round culture of generosity in their parishes.

The Episcopal Network for Stewardship (TENS) is a network of leaders, churches, and dioceses devoted to building a culture of generosity for greater ministry impact and personal transformation. Your presenters from TENS are The Rev. Chris Harris and Kristine Miller.

Meet the Instructors!

The Rev. Chris Harris

Associate Rector, Christ Church Cranbrook
Board of Directors, The Episcopal Network for Stewardship
Advisory Board, Invite, Welcome, Connect

Chris began his professional career as a lawyer specializing in helping people manage significant tax and financial problems. During these years, he came to appreciate the realities of our consumer culture: We have too much debt, too little savings, more stuff than we can use, and a terrible habit of confusing our net-worth with our self-worth. According to Chris, “The story of the Rich Young Ruler is as true today as it was 2,000 years ago; the primary barrier to our relationship with God, is our relationship with money. If we want to get serious about personal transformation, then we need to start dealing seriously with a topic the church most often avoids–money.”

Chris serves on the Board of Directors of The Episcopal Network for Stewardship (TENS) and the Advisory Board for Invite-Welcome-Connect, a national evangelism ministry. He is the creator of Living Wi$ely, a nationally recognized faith and personal finance ministry and he speaks on stewardship and evangelism topics at churches and conferences around the country, including The Consortium for Endowed Episcopal Parishes (CEEP), Evangelism Matters, The Episcopal Church Foundation (EFC), IWC Summit and TENS Annual Conference.

Chris’s passion is helping people create lives of meaning and purpose, by using the gifts they’ve been given to love and serve the world. Chris lives in Royal Oak, Michigan with his husband Joe, their twin daughters, Aleena and Gianna, and a family of (as yet, unnamed) deer in their backyard.

Kristine Miller, CFRE

Partner & SVP of Horizons Stewardship |

Kristine became interested in generosity as the chairperson of the stewardship team at her church. Like many others who find themselves leading the stewardship charge, she discovered she had much to learn about God’s view of generosity and became immersed in the topic of stewardship. For over twenty years, Kristine has enjoyed working with individuals and congregations to help them embark on their journey toward generous living.

Kristine says, “This journey of discovery is one of the many ways in which God has expressed generosity to me. It is a journey that I expect will last a lifetime.” She is a blogger, book author, and frequent speaker at stewardship conferences and other church leadership events. She was previously the Director of Stewardship and Planned Giving for the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan and has served on several non-profit boards including TENS (The Episcopal Network for Stewardship). A native of Ohio, Kristine did her undergraduate work in Business Administration at The Ohio State University and received her M.B.A. from Northern Illinois University. Kristine has also achieved and retained C.F.R.E. (Certified Fundraising Executive) status since 2007.

Publications include:
Bounty: Ten Ways to Increase Giving at Your Church (Abingdon Press, 2013).
C.L.I.M.B. Higher: Reaching New Heights in Giving and Discipleship (Abingdon Press, 2011).
A Generous Life (Abingdon Press, 2019)—A 28-day devotional book written by the Horizons Stewardship team.

Kristine and her husband live in Novi, Michigan having recently returned from an overseas assignment in Singapore. Kristine enjoys reading, swimming, and learning about different cultures through their food.

Stewardship Day Schedule

10 – 10:30am:
Opening Session – Prayer, How To Get The Most Out Of The Day

10:30 – 12pm:
Using TENS to Supercharge your Pledge Campaign – (Harris)
25 Big Ideas for Growing Church Giving – Part 1 – (Miller)

12 – 1pm:

1 – 2:30:
Having Fun and Building Community through your Annual Campaign – (Harris)
25 Big Ideas for Growing Church Giving – Part 2 – (Miller)

2:30 – 3pm:
Closing session

Workshop Descriptions

Did you know that every year TENS offers FREE Annual Pledge Campaign resources for your congregation complete with a theme, logo, pledge cards, reflections and more? Join Rev. Chris Harris as we walk through annual campaign best practices, tricks of the trade and how your congregation can use these resources to take your campaign to the next level. Bring your team, and let’s make this time an opportunity to start planning your church’s best campaign ever! New stewardship chairs welcome!

For way too many congregations, the annual pledge campaign is a dreary or even dreaded season that we all hope to get through as painlessly as possible. It doesn’t have to be that way! Join Rev. Chris Harris as he shares tried and tested ways to build community, celebreate your mission and inspire your congregation with a sense of joy, story sharing and fun – all while having your best pledge campaign ever! So, join us as we ditch the thermometers and start building community!

Giving to religious organizations is at an all-time low according to the latest report from GivingUSA. Churches are experiencing high levels of donor attrition and a decline in the number of pledges. While the competition for charitable dollars remains fierce, there are effective strategies to grow giving in this 21st century culture. If your parish struggles to raise sufficient funds to achieve your vision, this workshop can help. We will discuss 25 ideas for growing giving to fund your important ministry. In two parts, Kristine will share effective strategies you can implement today to increase your ministry funding and engage more givers. For example, have you considered how to cultivate first-time givers? Do you have a strategy for expressing gratitude? Do you know what data you should be tracking to assess your congregation’s overall growth in giving? Participants will leave with strategies and tactics that will grow more generous givers and increase ministry funding.

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