Upcoming ATS Fundraising Seminar Engages Community Members Within Academic Class

Upcoming ATS Fundraising Seminar Engages Community Members Within Academic Class

5/3/16 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland Theological Seminary will offer a “Fundraising for Kingdom Ministry: Academic Seminar” at its Independence, Ohio, campus location. The seminar will feature three separate events on June 11, July 16 and July 30 and will be held at 6500 Rockside Road, Suite 130, in Independence.

This three-day academic seminar equips ministry leaders to develop a biblically and theologically faithful philosophy of personal and organizational stewardship that is sensitive to each individual’s Christian tradition. This will include capacity building for resource development and cultivating donor relationships. This seminar also will orient participants to strategies for capital campaigns and planned giving.

While this is an academic course, community members are invited to take components of the course along with students. The seminar will allow students and community members to network and collaborate. Pastors and ministry leaders are encouraged to attend with their teams as time will be given to discuss the material and strategize in groups.

Participation in all three sessions is requested and encouraged. Those interested can register at
https://fundraisingforkingdomministry.eventbrite.com. Those with scheduling conflicts can contact Angie Cirone, director of Alumni and Community Engagement, at 419.289.5926 or acirone@ashland.edu.

The course facilitators for this event are Rev. George Cooper, executive director of the Council on Development for the West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church, and Dr. Matt Lewis, D.Min. director of Excellence in Leadership and assistant professor of Practical Theology at Ashland Theological Seminary.

Cooper, an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church with extensive fundraising experience, was named the executive director of the Council on Development for the West Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church in November 2010. As an elder serving in the East Ohio Conference, he led his churches toward an understanding and implementation of a theology of stewardship as a key factor in their successful growth and health. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Ashland Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Science degree in Math-Physics from the State University of New York at Fredonia.

God profoundly met Dr. Lewis through his participation in Ashland's Pastors of Excellence program, which is what led him to help with the program and eventually direct it. He views his position as a chance to bring vitality to spiritual leaders, through mentoring and encouragement, and he loves hearing firsthand the life-changing stories of pastors who are positively affected through the program.

The June 11 seminar will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is titled “What, Why and How of a Capital Campaign.” The preparations for a ministry capital campaign are as essential as the implementation and execution for the strategies. This course overviews the steps to assess readiness for a church capital campaign as well as the key strategies utilized for a majority of major firms as considered “best practices.”

The July 16 seminar will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is titled “Cultivating Relationships with Potential Significant Donors.” Gaining and retaining donors begins with understanding the theology and motivations of donors within and beyond your ministry. The seminar will help those become equipped with the tools to create a healthy fundraising cycle and understand strategies for working with significant donors as well as their motivations.

The July 30 seminar will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is titled “Creating a Planned Giving Strategy.” Stewardship in the church has largely been focused on tithes and offerings from income for the ongoing operational expenses of the local church. While they faithfully give out of their income, they spend little time talking about planned giving from our assets, especially as part of an estate plan.

Ashland Theological Seminary is a graduate division of Ashland University. With campuses in Ashland, Detroit, Cleveland and Columbus, Ashland Theological Seminary integrates theological education with Christ-centered transformation as it equips men and women for ministry in the church and the world.