Carolyn Cook 
United Methodist Foundation of the Northern Illinois Conference, Inc. 
312-346-9766, ext. 704 


Saturday, August 26, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM CDT

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Barrington United Methodist Church 
98 Algonquin Road
Barrington, IL 60010

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Stewardship for Real People

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Saturday, August 26, 2017

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Registration and refreshments open at 8:00 AM

Online registration is closed.

Walk-ins welcome.

Individual fee: $50 at the door

Group Rate for 3+ people: $130 at the door

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Is your church's stewardship ministry seeking...

  • Inspiration?
  • Practical Strategies?
  • Meaningful change?

This year's summit is designed to provide both motivation and practical tools to embrace a financial stewardship plan grounded in your church's ministry.  

Reverend Molly Phinney Baskette will keynote two morning plenary sessions. She is a local church pastor and author of Real Good Church: How Our Church Came Back from the Dead and Yours Can Too. Reverend Baskette also serves as a consultant to local churches and regional & national church groups, with an affinity for church renewal, social media, and spiritual formation for the new millennium.

New this year, we have made the afternoon sessions optional.  If you register for these presentations, you will be pre-assigned into a group of 4 persons to cycle through the four topics at 15 minute intervals (similar to TED talks). Following these presentations, each group will have time to debrief together and plan next steps for their churches.  

This year's conference is offered at a single site.

Pastors who stay for both morning and afternoon sessions may earn CEUs.

Highlights of the Day's Activities

Morning Presentations by Molly Phinney Baskette

Plenary I Stewardship & the Doomsday Pollyanna

Plenary II Transparency: Head Work, Soul Work, Dream Work 

Optional Afternoon Sessions

(Pre-assigned groups of 4 cycle through together & then meet to debrief)

Afternoon Sessions - Going Deeper 

  • Beyond Membership: Sunday life lived seven days - Erin James-Brown, Chicago Urban Village Church
  • Beyond Budgets: Setting the captive free, dreaming beyond the budget - Mary Zajac, St. Charles Baker Memorial UMC
  • Beyond Bills: Generosity changes lives, budgets not so much - Anne Coon, The Generosity Group
  • Beyond Change: Conflict is normal, healthy conflict transforms - Bill Obalil, UMCNIC clergy

Groups of 4 debrief and plan next step(s) for their churches.  Exchange contact information for a follow up in three months.

Other Details

Child care is available - advanced registration required

Pastors attending the full day may request CEUs.

As in previous years we offer a Group Rate fee to encourage churches to bring a carload of folks!