April 20, 2013
4 G Networking Kickoff Event
Guest presenter: Mark Allen Powell
Trinity Lutheran Seminary
You are invited to attend the 4G Ne†working event on April 20, 2013 at Trinity Lutheran Seminary, 2199 East Main Street, Columbus.
9:30 – 10:00 am Registration/coffee
10:00 – 10:30 am Worship – Gloria Dei
10:45 am – 12:00 pm Morning Plenary – Dr. Mark Allen Powell [Topic: Giving to God]
12:00 – 12:45 pm Lunch ($15 per person)
12:45 – 1:25 pm Breakout Session #1 [chose one of four options below]
1:30 – 2:10 pm Breakout Session #2 [chose one of four options below]
- Money Follows Mission and the Relational Ask: Having a mission and vision for your ministry brings clarity to your annual stewardship program. Learn how to effectively talk about and ask for money in your congregation — Pr. Ed Williams
- Year-Round Stewardship: How to make stewardship a year-round faith-raising experience. Explore the many ways congregations can take a proactive [year-long] approach to giving to God both of spiritual gifts, skills, increased participation and financial giving — Pr. Dona Johnson
- Capital Campaigns Made Simple: How to get started with a Capital Campaign for small, mid-size and large Congregations. Capital campaigns raise faith and annual giving — Pr. Craig Fourman, Abiding Christ, Fairborn and Pr. John Mittermaier, Zion Lutheran, Dayton, Carl Beck-consultant
- Telling Our Story and Sharing Our Resources: Pastors and Lay-leaders will share good stewardship practices and a treasure trove of stewardship resources to use in your congregations — Pr. Pat Badkey, Good Shepherd, Cincinnati, Pr. Janet Hatch and Ken Tomko, Calvary Lutheran, Chillicothe, Pr. Steve Kimpel, Faith/St Marks, Dayton and Lynn Spatz, Christ the King-Centerville
2:15 – 3:00 pm Afternoon Plenary – Dr. Mark Allen Powell
What is 4G Ne†working?
4G Ne†working is the Southern Ohio Synod’s approach to the ELCA Macedonia Project, a two-year initiative to grow faithful and generous stewards of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The 4 G's stand for: God, Grace, Gratitude, and Generosity.
4G Networking is based on the following biblical principles:
God: Everything we are and all that we have comes from and belongs to God [Deut 8:17-18; I Chron 29:14; Ps 100:1-5; I Cor 6:19-20].
Grace: Faith in Christ is a gift from God. Our poverty is replaced by His wealth. His riches are free; and not because we deserve it, but because Jesus is gracious [Jn: 3:16-17; Eph 1:7; 2:8; 2 Cor 9:8; Mark 6:4].
Gratitude: When the grace of Jesus penetrates the human heart, it rebounds back to God as gratitude, an expression of faith [Eph 4:6; 2 Cor 8:2; 9:15; Acts 20:35].
Generosity: God gives because God loves. We give out of glad and generous hearts as an expression of love and devotion to God by freely offering ourselves and our possessions to God [2 Cor:1:5; Cor 4:15; 2 Cor 10-12].
Look for more information and a downloadable flyer for this event in the near future. Please mark your calendars, invite your church council and others passionate about stewardship and plan to attend.