Registration is now open for the Theological Principles of Stewardship online course. The course will be taught by Rev. Dr. Joshua Brockway, denominational staff for spiritual life and discipleship for the Church of the Brethren.
Registration is now open for the Theological Principles of Stewardship online course, jointly offered by the Ecumenical Stewardship Center and transformingthechurch.org. Rev. Dr. Joshua Brockway, a member of denominational staff for spiritual life and discipleship for the Church of the Brethren, is the instructor. The Theological Principles of Stewardship course includes six audio-graphic video lessons that students can view at their convenience and interaction through three live conference calls and online discussion forums.
The Theological Principles of Stewardship course approaches stewardship as a practice of our discipleship. Reading through the biblical imagery about stewardship reveals that our task is much more than just creating a balanced budget. From beginning to end, the imagery of stewardship is cast within the relationship of the believer to God. What we do with our money, time, and resources is defined by not by the scarcity logic of the economy, but by the care entrusted to us by God. Our encounter with God, and the resulting way of life defines not only how we see and understand our resources but establishes what we do with them. Topics include:
The first live conference call on Thursday, October 15, 2015, at 8 p.m. CDT. The course will include a total of three conference calls. The course will be delivered in a Virtual Classroom where an ongoing conversation with the instructor and other participants takes place via conversational textual posts.
The Theological Principles of Stewardship course is part of 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.
Rev. Dr. Joshua Brockway’s work includes oversight of a network of over 60 spiritual directors and polity related to congregational ethics. He also prepares resources and leads workshops on stewardship, spiritual practices, Brethren identity, and worship. Joshua earned his Master of Arts in Theology from Bethany Theological Seminary, his Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology, and Ph.D. in Early Church History from The Catholic University of America.
The registration fee for the Theological Principles of Stewardship course is just $49.95. Register and pay online at https://www.transformingthechurch.org/course_detail/course-theological-principles-of-stewardship. Late registration deadline is October 16, 2015. Additional details about accessing the course content will be shared upon registration.
Brought to you by Ecumenical Stewardship Center and TransformingTheChurch.org, “JB-01 - Theological Principles of Stewardship” is the first 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