Registration is now open for a new online course titled, “Holistic Stewardship” taught by Ms. Sandy Lindahl, commissioned minister for holistic stewardship in the United Church of Christ and Principal and Lead Consultant at Lindahl Consultants. The course is jointly offered by the Ecumenical Stewardship Center and TransformingTheChurch.org.
Registration is now open for the Holistic Stewardship online course that begins October 3. Holistic Stewardship is jointly offered by the Ecumenical Stewardship Center (ESC) and transformingthechurch.org. Ms. Sandy Lindahl is the instructor. Holistic Stewardship features four video lessons that students can view at their convenience, and four live conference calls on October 3, 10, 17, and 24 at 6:00 p.m. Central time. 0.8 CEUs are available for this course.
This class illuminates the reach of stewardship practices far into our personal and societal lives. Holistic stewardship involves recognizing our choices and making decisions that contribute to the wholeness of our lives and those of others, even of all Creation. Moving beyond the traditional questions of using our "time, talent and treasure" this content raises questions about cultural assumptions, compares economic models, and considers the global implications of personal and communal decisions.
"The nature of enough" alludes to the difficult questions about determining sufficiency for all of life to be in balance. The typical tug-of-war between the contrasting lenses of abundance and scarcity is an important factor as people determine what is "enough" in any given situation. Class participants will read various writers' ideas on how people can seek sufficiency in their everyday routines and the influence they may have in broader spheres such as the current economic system and collaborations among distinctly different societies.
As Christians, our faith compels us to love one another and to look after all living beings and this planet we share. This is our role as stewards. For each of us, our very lives are the first gifts we receive. It matters how we conduct ourselves in this life, in this mystery of mysteries. In this class, participants will envision "God's economy" for sustaining life. There are great imbalances today in wealth and privilege such that the very Earth is suffering as well as its people, plants and creatures. Understanding that this imbalanced system is a choice that can be altered is a desired outcome of this class.
Holistic Stewardship is one of the courses in the Steward Leaders Engaging God’s Mission online course series offered by the Ecumenical Stewardship Center and TransformingTheChurch.org. Students enrolled in Steward Leaders Engaging God’s Mission courses learn principles and practices relating to stewardship and leadership through studying Scripture, exploring theological principles, developing holistic perspectives, critiquing culture, creating healthy relationships, and achieving financial health.
Ms. Sandy Lindahl has been a teacher and coach to non-profit leaders for their capital campaigns, annual giving, planned giving, endowment, and major gifts programs, including giving guidance in creating endowment and gift policies. She has served church and religious organizations, higher education, land conservation, and local non-profits. Sandy is a popular speaker and leader on the spiritual connection with money and possessions and on faith-based fund-raising. With excellent relational skills, she is a sought-after teacher and writer. Sandy has worked with lay and ministerial leaders in various faith traditions and several countries including the US, Canada, Ghana, and Germany.
The registration fee for the Holistic Stewardship course is just $49.00. Register and pay online at https://www.transformingthechurch.org/course_detail/course-holistic-stewardship.
Brought to you by Ecumenical Stewardship Center and TransformingTheChurch.org, “SL-02 - Holistic Stewardship” is the fourth in a series titled "Steward Leaders Engaging God’s Mission" consisting of a total of six courses. Students enrolled in the series will learn principles and practices relating to stewardship and leadership through studying Scripture, exploring holistic perspectives, critiquing culture, developing healthy relationships, and achieving financial health.
As a Network for Growing Stewards, the Ecumenical Stewardship Center (ESC) provides resources that encourage the development of generous giving and faithful stewardship as transformational spiritual practices for faith communities and their leaders. Twenty denominations and several stewardship-related organizations in the US and Canada are partners in ESC's mission and ministry. You can find them on the ESC website at www.stewardshipresources.org.
TransformingTheChurch.org is a state-of-the-art online resource that provides high-quality distance education for churches and congregations; both clergy and laity. For additional information about TransformingTheChurch.org, see: https://www.transformingthechurch.org/who-we-are