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The Changing Church Webinar Series

Cultivating Generosity:  A New 4 Week Series
Beginning with "The Big Picture" 

Time:              Thursday, July 29th,  11am EST/10 CST
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1. David P. King is the Karen Lake Buttrey Director of Lake Institute on Faith & Giving as well as Associate Professor of Philanthropic Studies within the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. He arrived at IUPUI in 2014 after serving as Assistant Professor of Christian History at Memphis Theological Seminary in Memphis, TN. He earned a BA in History from Samford University, a Master of Divinity from Duke Divinity School, and a Ph.D. in Historical Studies, Graduate Department of Religion from Emory University.  He is the author of the recent book, God’s Internationalists: World Vision and the Age of Evangelical Humanitarianism (UPenn Press 2019) that traces the almost seventy year history of World Vision, the world’s largest Christian humanitarian organization in order to investigate the evolving understandings of religious identity, international development, and public policy within the history of international relief and development organizations.  He is also particularly focused on congregations. As the Co-PI of the National Study of Congregations’ Economic Practices, (NSCEP) the largest nationally representative study of congregations’ finances conducted in a generation, he is helping to build a new field of research on how congregations receive, manage, and spend resources.  As an ordained minister having served local churches and national faith-based organizations, he is fueled by facilitating conversations with faith leaders, donors, and fundraisers (of all generations) around the intersections of faith and giving. He routinely teaches leaders around the country through Lake Institute’s executive training courses as well as through speaking at universities, professional conferences, and religious gatherings. In recent years, he has been interviewed in national outlets such as The Washington PostThe AtlanticNPRReligion News Service, and The Chronicle of Philanthropy. For more about David King, visit him at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy webpage.   

2. Paul H Grier is the Vice President, Project Regeneration at the Presbyterian Foundation.  He joined the 2003, after serving as a volunteer. During his first nine years he worked with congregations and their members to cultivate and develop gifts for ministry purposes.  Currently, Paul works with congregations and institutions of the Church that are exploring new ways of undertaking their mission, and the financial implications that such reinvention entails. Whether working with a Presbyterian-related college that has been offered a gift of investment real-estate in a distant location or assisting a congregation that is seeking to discern whether they should sell air or water rights, or divest themselves of some of their campus property, Paul draws upon his business and financial-management background to aid Church leaders in the repurposing of their properties and assets for sustainability and continuing mission-effectiveness.  An eighth generation Presbyterian, Paul is a ruling elder and lives in Greenville, South Carolina. He is active in community and charitable organizations, having served on local, regional, and national boards of foundations, arts organizations, healthcare providers, advocacy groups, trade associations, and community non-profits. He has a B.S. in Business Administration from Erskine College in South Carolina and a M.H.A. in Health Administration from the Medical University of South Carolina.

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"From Scarcity to Generosity"

Time:              Thursday, August 5th,  11am EST/10 CST
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1.  Meredith McNabb is the Associate Director for Educational Programming for the Lake Institute on Faith and Giving. Meredith is an ordained clergy member in the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church, and served from 2014-2019 as the Director of the Center for Clergy Excellence, overseeing clergy formation, continuing education, and conference relationships for the 1600 United Methodist clergy in Virginia. Prior to that, she was one of the pastors at Grace United Methodist Church, a large congregation in the Washington, DC suburbs (Manassas, Va.). In her early career, she served as an attorney in Virginia, working primarily with low-income victims of domestic violence and on end-of-life planning, along with resourcing local nonprofit organizations. Meredith earned  BA in Economics from the University of Virginia, a M.Div from Emory University, Candler School of Theology, a JD from the Washington & Lee School of Law, and a BA in Economics from the University of Virginia. 

 2. Robert Hay has served since 2012 as the Presbyterian Foundation’s Senior Ministry Relations Officer for the southeastern U.S.  He works with congregations to create a culture of generosity, offers seminars and workshops, develops gifts and fundraising plans for ministries, and provides coaching and consulting to pastors, committees, sessions, and lay leaders.  Prior to joining the Foundation, he served as the Chief Administrative Officer of the Hi-Hope Service Center in Lawrenceville, GA, and as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer with the Care and Counseling Center of Georgia. Robert holds a MPA degree with a concentration in Nonprofit Management from Georgia State University and a BS in Business Administration from Auburn University. Robert is a member of First Presbyterian Church in Peachtree City where his wife, Rev. Morgan Hay, serves as the pastor.

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The Changing Church Webinar Series 2021

The Center for Healthy ChurchesThe Church Network, The Presbyterian FoundationBaptist News GlobalTruett Seminary, Pneumatrix, The Lake InstituteMinistering to MinistersGardner-Webb University, and the Charlie Curb Center for Faith Leadership at Belmont University, and the Lake Institute on Faith and Giving are offering weekly webinars to help equip ministers and the congregations they serve to respond to the growing challenges of a changing world. For more information please visit our website.

WHEN: Thursdays 11 AM EST (approximately 40 minutes)
WHERE: Zoom (;
WHO: Ministers in local congregations
WHAT: Content will focus on responding and adapting to the practical needs of churches and ministers in the 21st Century.
COST: Free

Registration is required.

NEW LIVE Training: September 13-16, 2021 in Nashville, TN

S.T.E.P.™ (Strategic Transition Education Program), the next generation in interim ministry, training is based on the principles developed by Russell Crabtree in Transition Apparitions: Why Much of What We Know about Pastoral Transitions Is Wrong. Crabtree uses an evidence-based approach that shows a one-size-fits-all approach ignores the uniqueness of each congregation.
Who Should Participate:

  1. Ministers looking to retool for a new chapter of ministry. 
  2. Experienced transition ministers who want to enhance their skills. 
  3. Judicatory officials who recognize the importance of transition ministry in their region. 

After completing the program, feel confident in your ability to assess churches in transition and help them move toward a new future. Know you can rely on a cohort of coaching peers who utilize the same approach in other contexts.

September 13-16, 2021
Belmont University McWhorter Hall
1510 Acklen Ave.
Nashville, TN 37212
Registration Fee: $1,500 per person for a 4 day training.
Registration is required.
Location details and hotel options will be provided to registrants.
For more information, contact: Bill Owen at
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