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Lecture BB-01 - Creating a Culture of Generosity

by Bruce Barkhauer

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The word “stewardship” means many things to different people. In many churches, it is a topic only raised for a few weeks only once a year at budget time. However, stewardship should be understood as a spiritual discipline that informs all aspects of faithful living.

In this lecture, we will explore the biblical and theological understandings that define stewardship as a spiritual discipline. We will learn specific tools to help your church grow in generosity and how to develop year-round programming that keeps a holistic view of stewardship as a part of your congregational life. Discover methods that make conversations around money more effective. This course will provide a more complete grasp of God’s people can live in response to Divine generosity. Discover the joy of giving and processes for building the capacity for greater expressions of generosity among the people in your congregation.

Special Low Price To Make The Course Accessible

The price of the course makes it available to individual people or groups of clergy, lay leaders, and congregants of churches in small study groups.

We have endeavored to make this course as RELEVANT and as ACCESSIBLE to as many people as possible. Our goal is foster a broad understanding of relational stewardship.

We offer this course to the Church and Her Servants with hopes that you can participate. Group discounts are also available for study groups of three or more.

Part of Our Video Lecture Series

This course, "Creating a Culture of Generosity", is one of our video-only courses consisting of five high-quality video lectures from Bruce Barkhauer. All video lectures are delivered as streaming video to media players embedded into each lecture’s page in a dedicated Virtual Classroom.

  • Session 1: 31:26 (mm:ss)
  • Session 2: 53:58 (mm:ss)
  • Session 3: 56:01 (mm:ss)
  • Session 4: 48:50 (mm:ss)
  • Session 5: 44:08 (mm:ss)

We recommend that you also purchase the course’s textbook as part of your study of this subject. You will get the most out of this course by using the videos and the book together. Study both at your own pace.

For the price of registration, you will receive 120 days of unlimited access to this course’s Virtual Classroom and all of its included videos and other class materials. You may come and go into this course’s online Virtual Classroom as often as you wish.

An Ideal Course for Both Individuals and Small Groups

This course is designed for both individuals and small groups who wish to learn more about the importance of healthy relationships in generous stewardship. The course makes an excellent small-group study or a church-wide study.

Online Distance Learning

This a distance-learning course that can be completed online without the need for travel; either across town or to another city. The course can be taken from a home, office or even a coffee shop. All you need is a web browser and a broadband Internet connection. The course can be successfully used by people with only the most basic of computer skills.

Use any Device From Anywhere

Access this course from anywhere; at home, at the office or when out on the run. You can access our course videos 24x7 from anywhere you choose; you can in complete control. We fully support desktop devices as well as mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. The responsive design of all of our web pages and video players will automatically size our materials and rearrange page regions to fit best the particular device you choose to use. Included in this support is our Adaptive Streaming technology that will automatically and dynamically adjust our streaming speed to fit best your particular broadband connection. Go as slow as a 3G wireless connections or as fast as fiber-to-the-home connections allow. Rest assured that for any device or connection speed you elect to use, we will support it to the best possible quality the device allows.

Additional Information About "Creating a Culture of Generosity."

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Course Instructor: Bruce Barkhauer


The Reverend Bruce A. Barkhauer was called as the first “Minister for Faith and Giving for Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)” in 2010. 

For twenty-five years, he has led congregations in Ohio and Indiana in achieving high levels of financial support for local and global missions, and he now shares his experi­ence across the life of the whole church.

His energy, vision, and entrepreneurial spirit enhance gifts in both business and ministry. He brings a biblically based understanding about stewardship combined with theological integrity and weds them to the current trends and best prac­tices related to spirituality and money. In his workshops and writings, Rev. Barkhauer also talks about the multiple understandings about stewardship in the biblical witness as they touch the whole life of a person of faith.