Foundation Sponsors Clergy and Lay for Stewardship Event

The United Methodist Foundation of Louisiana is sponsoring 15 clergy and lay leaders to the Horizons Stewardship Academy of Faith & Money event, April 25-28 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Irving, Tex.

The four-day generosity event promises to empower attendees who want to forever change the culture of giving and stewardship in their local church. The presenters, Dr. Cliff Christopher and Dr. Michael Reeves, will cover topics such as: stewardship realities; theology of stewardship; banking, borrowing and bonds; fundraising principles; capital campaigns; planned giving and endowments; and changing the culture of stewardship.

“The Stewardship Academy of Faith & Money was an encouraging and informative experience, especially designed for those who are interested in building God’s kingdom through compassionate stewardship,” said Rev. Matt Rawle, senior pastor of The Well United Methodist Church in Ponchatoula, who attended the program recently in another state.

“Part of the Foundation’s mission is to be a catalyst to help support the church, and this event can help do that,” said Rob Fairly, Foundation president.

The Foundation provided the sponsorships through a grant for clergy and laity stewardship training. Those receiving the sponsorship include: Rev. Ellen Alston, Henning Memorial UMC, Sulphur; Rev. Joseph Awotwi, Newman UMC, Alexandria; David Byerley, Vivian UMC; Bonnie Carr, McGuire UMC, West Monroe; Bob Carrell, United Methodist Foundation of Louisiana; Rev. Dr. Elenora Mackey Cushenberry, St. Paul UMC, Shreveport; Rev. Kotosha Griffin, St. Matthew’s UMC, Metairie; Rev. Bertrand Griffin II, Gretna UMC; Rev. Robert Johnson, Louisiana Avenue UMC, Lafayette; Rev. Sonya Lars, Mount Zion UMC, New Orleans; Mary Magee, Newman UMC, Alexandria; Rev. Rachel McConnell-Switzer, Henning Memorial UMC, Sulphur; Jason Shaffer, Magnolia UMC, Baton Rouge; Rev. Ray Varnado, First UMC, Thibodaux; and Paul Warner, Henning Memorial UMC, Sulphur.

Located in Baton Rouge, the United Methodist Foundation of Louisiana began in 1975 and serves United Methodist churches, institutions and individuals within the Louisiana Annual Conference, providing financial management, consultation and education, loans and grants. It is one of the largest United Methodist Foundations in the denomination.

Bob Mlynek