Clergy Convocation focuses on church fundraising

Clergy Convocation focuses on church fundraising

Michael Reeves leads a plenary session.

“Currencies of Generosity” was the theme for Convocation, the annual continuing education opportunity for Holston clergy.

Organized by the Wesley Leadership Institute and held Feb. 17-20 at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center, Convocation was attended by 211, according to director Sue Weber. This year’s Convocation dean was the Rev. Al Shaver.

The lead speaker was Michael Reeves, author and stewardship consultant from Texas. Reeves led plenary sessions and workshops on raising money in the church.

Plenary titles included “How to Think” and “Facilitated Funder’s Forum.” Workshop titles included “Clergy Women as Financial Leaders” and “Consideration of a Church Capital Campaign.”

“Don’t go with some crappy project,” Reeves advised pastors. “’We need two portable buildings.’ Oh gosh. Go and talk about a big vision.”

Other workshop leaders included the Rev. Buzz Trexler on “What to Do and What Never to Do (Church Communications)” and the Rev. Charles Maynard on “Storytelling in Today’s Multimedia World.”

Tuesday evening worship was held at Long's Chapel United Methodist Church with preaching by the Rev. Dennis Flaugher, senior pastor at Brainerd United Methodist Church, Chattanooga, Tenn.

Several clergy enjoyed a Tuesday-afternoon hike led by Maynard.