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Leadership Convo

This year we'll have one convocation occuring simultaneously in three locations; Triumphant Love in Austin, Zion in San Antonio, and Galilean in Corpus Christi. The Zoom link will be available for those who will join digitally.

Together we'll explore liminal spaces, aided by the wisdom of Rev. Dr. Jay Alanis.

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To prepare for Convo, you can view this YouTube Bible Study by the Rev. Dr. Jay Alanis. Here is the Study Guide to accompany the video.

Building a Culture of Generosity

Guiding you through your fall stewardship appeal.


  • Stabilize and grow financial giving
  • Teach Biblical stewardship principles
  • Help members discover generosity
  • Build building a foundation for a generous culture 


  • An easily implemented program designed to stimulate generosity ¨    
  • Professionally designed, adaptable materials
    Letter templates for the stewardship drive
  • Six virtual, live training events with a GSB Consultant to guide congregations through a sound stewardship appeal
  • Clear tactics for sharing information and inspiration about your congregation’s ministry
  • 1:1 guidance from your GSB Consultant §  At least 7 videos teaching the principles of this program
  • The ability to achieve a strong financial response even in uncertain times
  • 3 copies of Abundance: Creating a Culture of Generosity, by GSB Partner Michael Ward, published by Fortress Press. 


  • August 18, 9:30 a.m. – Building Blocks for Generosity
  • September 7, 9:30 a.m. – An Effective, Inspiring Stewardship Appeal
  • September 20, 9:30 a.m. – Sharing Stories of Generosity, Achieving a Strong Response (part 1)
  • October 4, 9:30 a.m. – Achieving a Strong Response (part 2)
  • October 25, 9:30 a.m. – Sharing Results and an Effective Follow-Up
  • November 15, 9:30 a.m. – Finishing the Year Strong
  • December 8, 11:00 a.m. – celebrate and debrief 


The program aims for participating congregations to see at least a 5-10% increase above 2021 actual revenue. At the same time, this program will assist in maximizing 2022 year-end giving. You are asked to tithe 10% of the increase to your synod.  

If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Lisa Hoelscher at

 Review from a 2020 participant:   “We can’t thank you enough for the guidance and direction on supporting our 2021 Stewardship Drive. Our results well-exceeded our expectations and is a testament to the fantastic program you offered to us. To date, pledges are 44% higher than last year totaling an increase in estimated giving of close to $61,000! As a way to give back, we are asking the synod to keep the $450 investment, and as well, we have increased our estimated percentage for Mission Support by a full percentage point.”   

This comes from stewardship leader Angie Haston at Advent Lutheran Church, Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This happened not just during the pandemic, but also with an interim pastor. 

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