Webinar: The Changing Church


In response to the growing challenges facing Christians and Churches, a collaboration of organizations that focus on church health is working together to offer practical content to help congregations be the Church in the midst of a changing world.  The Center for Healthy Churches, The Church Network, The Presbyterian Foundation, Baptist News GlobalTruett Seminary, Pneumatrix, Uptick, Ministering to MinistersGardner-Webb University, The Lake Institute on Faith and Giving, and the Charlie Curb Center for Faith Leadership at Belmont University together will offer a weekly webinar that will equip ministers and the congregations they lead.

WHEN:                Thursday 11 AM EST (approximately 40 minutes).

WHERE:              Zoom (https://zoom.us/j/9797655080)

PANELISTS:        Leadership: Content Experts for each webinar

AUDIENCE:        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

Upcoming Webinars

New Series:  Cultivating Generosity 

Dates:              Thursdays,  July 29th, August 5th, 12th, & 19th

Time:               11am EST/10 CST

 Zoom Link:     https://zoom.us/j/9797655080

Week 1: Cultivating Generosity – The Big Picture

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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).  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.  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.

WEEK 2:  August 5, 2021 

Cultivating Generosity: From Scarcity to Generosity

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.