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Giving Freedom: A Right-Side-Up Approach to Church Fundraising


  • Candler School of Theology, Emory University 1531 Dickey Dr. Atlanta, GA 30322 (map)
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What if church fundraising started with serving a community's financial needs and goals instead of feelings of guilt and scarcity?

Consumer culture, a lack of financial skills, and market injustices lead thousands to the brink of bankruptcy every year. Seventy percent of Americans live paycheck-to-paycheck. Many feel unable to pay their bills, much less increase their tithes and gifts to the church.

Giving Freedom turns traditional fundraising models right-side-up. Rather than just seeking donations or launching capital campaigns, Giving Freedom means that church fundraising starts by leading people toward financial freedom in their own lives. Giving Freedom means that church fundraising begins by building trust through best practices in church financial management and leadership. Giving Freedom means joy-filled, empowering, and mission-driven fundraising.

This right-side-up approach to fundraising is rooted in acts of service and habits of sufficiency rather than feelings of guilt, envy, and scarcity. Right-side-up fundraising helps congregations tithe from the top instead of the bottom. And right-side up fundraising helps Christians to be faithful stewards of God's resources.

This conference is sponsored by the Faith and Finance Program at Emory University's Candler School of Theology and made possible by generous support from the Lilly Endowment, Inc.

On Saturday, seven guest speakers will present: Kerry Alys Robinson, founding executive director of Leadership Roundtable; Olu Brown, pastor of Impact Church in Atlanta; James Jordan, adjunct professor of church financial management at Candler; Mandy Sloan McDow, pastor of Los Angeles First United Methodist Church; Shannaan Dawda, financial coach, author, and founder of True Financial Coaches; Starsky D. Wilson, president and CEO of the Deaconess Foundation; and Audrey Hindes, pastor of Willow Avenue Mennonite Church in Clovis, California. 


Please register at the link below by March 15. The cost is $30 for standard entry, $70 for a ministry team (4 tickets, 40% off standard), and $10 for seminary students. Cannon Chapel is located on the campus of Emory University, at 515 South Kilgo Circle, Atlanta, GA 30322.

For more information on this event, contact Justin Latterell at jlatter@emory.edu.