Social Enterprise for Sustainable Churches
Nov
30
10:00 AM10:00

Social Enterprise for Sustainable Churches

Session 2

Presenter:

The Rev. Canon Jaime Edwards-Acton

 

Social Enterprise, as defined by Betsy Densmore, founder of the Academies for Social Entrepreneurship, is a venture that advances a social mission through entrepreneurial earned income strategies.  (“Purpose over Profit.”)  Earned income can come from revenues generated from the sale of products and/or services, or a strategic alliance between a for-profit company and a for benefit organization.  Social enterprise is not a new concept for the church, but my experience is that it is an under-utilized and under-appreciated one.  If the idea of creating ministries and churches (of any size) that are more impactful and sustainable is something that interests you, I invite you to come and explore the possibilities and opportunities that social enterprise has to offer.

The Rev. Canon Jaime Edwards-Acton is rector of St. Stephen’s Church, Hollywood; executive director of Hope in Hollywood; and convenor of Episcopal Enterprises.

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Church Finances 101
Nov
30
9:00 AM09:00

Church Finances 101

Session 1

Session 2

Presenter: The Rev. Michele Racusin

 

Have you ever wondered …

How confidential is a discretionary fund? Why are there separate funds for flowers and organs? And can they be used to pay the electric bill? What’s up with church payroll — taxes, housing allowances, SECA?

Let’s face it, church accounting is unique. Diocesan CFO Michele Racusin will reveal the mysteries of church accounting in two 45-minute workshops at convention.

As a CPA for almost thirty-five years, Racusin has seen a lot — the good, the bad, and just about everything in between. Working in almost every aspect of a church accounting, from small missions and large parishes to retreat centers, dioceses, and the Episcopal Church Center in New York City, she is well-versed in this specialized field.

Racusin also teaches finances at CREDO, a wellness conference for clergy throughout the Episcopal Church, to raise awareness of how accounting, budgeting, and stewardship work in the church.

These workshops are for treasurers, vestries, clergy, and other inquiring minds.

The Rev. Michele Racusin is chief financial officer of the diocese.

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FreshStart: Empowering, Enriching, Enlivening
Nov
30
9:00 AM09:00

FreshStart: Empowering, Enriching, Enlivening

Session 1

Presenters:

The Rev. Canon Joanna Satorius

The Ven. Canon Charleen Crean

The Rev. Tom Quijada-Discavage

 

Is it your time to be a change maker? Join us for FreshStart, which continues in it 18th year of inspired congregational leadership in the Diocese of Los Angeles. As a national program FreshStart began in the early 1990s. In 2013 the diocese of Los Angeles became a leader in expanding FreshStart programming to embrace clergy and lay leadership groups.

The ultimate goal of FreshStart is centered around organic conversations engaged by leaders listening for the prompting of the Spirit for the rekindling of healthy church life. The current program has four parts; for those New to Cure, for those Newly Ordained, for Deacons, and for Lay Leaders. Diocesan leadership expects the first three groups to participate in FreshStart as part of their desire to promote and sustain a healthy system.

The hope is that FreshStart for Lay Leaders will become a place of sharing and growth for all who feel called to walk the journey with all God’s people.

“Congregations that have chosen to take part in the FreshStart for Lay Leaders program find that the clergy of their congregations have knowledgeable and prepared partners for ministry with skills to help guide communities through the changes and challenges of our life in faith.  What no one can accomplish alone often becomes possible through the shared efforts of strong clergy/lay team. FreshStart teaches lay leaders how to be part of such a team” (Bloy House News – August 2018).

Presenters are the staff of the diocese’s Formation and Transition Ministry office. The Ven. Charleen Crean is also archdeacon of the diocese.

 

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Keeping the Faith from Cradle to Grave
Nov
30
9:00 AM09:00

Keeping the Faith from Cradle to Grave

Session 1

Presenter:  The Very Rev. Sylvia Sweeney

In the 1970s Christian educator John Westerhoff wrote Will Our Children Have Faith? a description of the developmental journey of coming to faith. That book sought to answer the question of what the church needed to do to make it possible to pass on the Christian faith to the next generation. Unfortunately, that book has largely gone unheeded.

Forty years later, when the majority of Americans are not active participants in a faith community and many have become disenchanted with the church, this question takes on deeper poignancy.

This workshop offers a 21st-century adaptation of Westerhoff’s assertions that can help us all imagine how we can create communities that actively nurture our faith, that of our children, and that of our grandchildren from cradle to grave.

The Very Rev. Sylvia Sweeney is dean of Bloy House (Episcopal Theological School at Claremont) and author of many books and articles on liturgy, preaching, and Christian education.

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Group Spiritual Direction
Nov
30
9:00 AM09:00

Group Spiritual Direction

Session 1

Session 2

Presenter: The Rev. Elizabeth I. Rechter

 

In this introduction to group spiritual direction, participants – limited to 12 participants per session — will start with a time of silence or a short meditation. Each person then in turn will be invited to share for five minutes about what is on their heart.

Following each sharing each person in the group will pray silently for the individual who presented.

The purpose of these groups is not counseling or therapy. The intentional goal of group spiritual direction is to help participants become more aware of God in their lives today, in the companionship of others, and to engage in prayer for one another.

The Rev. Elizabeth I. Rechter is an experienced teacher and retreat leader. Formerly rector of St. Mary’s Church, Laguna Beach, she currently is executive director of Stillpoint: the Center for Christian Spirituality, which offers a formation program for spiritual directors and programs for the support of contemplative practice.

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Raising Money From Small Events
Nov
30
9:00 AM09:00

Raising Money From Small Events

Session 1

Presenter: The Rev. Lorenzo Lebrija

Have you ever considered raising money from the friends of your congregants? Did you know that small events are an excellent way to energize potential major gift donors for the mission and work of your church? This training will teach you how to create small dinners that will directly help you fill your pipeline with major gifts prospects. These small events will help you get your best prospects in the room, qualify those prospects and gather information about them. The dinners are often very inexpensive to run and will help you raise more money.

The Rev. Lorenzo Lebrija is chief development officer for the Diocese of Los Angeles.

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