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  • Contagious Generosity: Telling people what they don’t want to hear – Mennonite Church USA
    is based on feelings not much good would get accomplished It s okay to feel uncomfortable about discussing money but this is no excuse to avoid the issue How we view and manage money has a spiritual impact on members of our churches which is probably why there are so many biblical references to the subject Only the Kingdom of God is talked about more in the Bible than money and possessions Pastor and writer John Piper also addresses the importance of pastors addressing this issue especially as it relates to supporting the mission of the church regarding our financial giving There are three categories of people according to Piper those who go to serve those who stay behind and support them those who are disobedient and neither go or support those who do Piper talks to his church about the need for members to cut back on their spending and rationing their desires so they have more to give for the support of the ministry and mission of the church Chris Willard and Jim Sheppard in their book Contagious Generosity encourage pastors to take the lead in telling people what they don t want to hear There are several reasons why we encourage pastors to take the lead in this area First there are certain things that only the pastor can say and do Some people believe that only the pastor has the credibility to speak into their lives on such a sensitive subject But the primary reason that pastors need to lead in this area is because Jesus led in this area and the position of the pastor is representative of Christ s own leadership in the church Because Jesus regularly revisited the conversation about the relationship between our faith and our money pastors should do so as

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  • Contagious generosity – Mennonite Church USA
    telling people what they don t want to hear So many of you are afraid to talk about money You are Posted in Menno Snapshots Stewardship Tagged Beryl Jantzi Contagious generosity Everence resoures for stewardship Contagious Generosity Making an impact on the world Posted on November 19 2015 Beryl Jantzi is the director of Stewardship Education for Everence This is the third in a series of posts based on the book Contagious Generosity by Chris Willard and Jim Sheppard True giving does not so much subtract from what we have as multiply the impact we can have on the world Kent Newburn Generosity Posted in Menno Snapshots Stewardship Tagged Beryl Jantzi Contagious generosity Everence generosity Contagious Generosity Good strategy is better than good intentions Posted on October 23 2015 Beryl Jantzi is the director of stewardship education for Everence This is the second in a series of posts based on the book Contagious Generosity by Chris Willard and Jim Sheppard The role of leadership in a congregation is to move people from good intentions to actual strategies This is according to Chris Willard and Posted in Menno Snapshots Stewardship Tagged Beryl Jantzi Contagious generosity Everence generosity resoures for stewardship Contagious Generosity Creating a culture of giving in your congregation Posted on September 24 2015 Beryl Jantzi is the director of stewardship education for Everence Money is the most measurable aspect of faith according to Chris Willard and Jim Sheppard in their new book Contagious Generosity You may have a negative response to this assertion but Willard and Sheppard go on to make a strong case for this and other Posted in Menno Snapshots Stewardship Tagged Contagious generosity Everence gernerosity resoures for stewardship Email Subscription Subscribe by Email Recent Snapshots Love is a Verb Resources for pastors conferences and congregations Hope

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  • Contagious Generosity: Making an impact on the world – Mennonite Church USA
    thinking that that the world s problems are so big that my little bit won t make a difference While we may not be able to change the entire world we can certainly make a world of difference in one other person s life through our generosity As much as we try to be careful in how we live and the money we spend maybe there are times to be a bit more reckless in the way we give Reckless in the sense that we give as we see the needs of others and feel compelled by God to do what we can with what God has given us to manage Andy Stanley pastor of North Point Community Church in Alpharetta Georgia has said Generosity is something we want for you not from you As leaders do we believe that it is a biblical mandate to be a generous people And if so do we believe that we are called to take risks for the Kingdom And if so do we believe that it is more blessed to give than to receive Being silent about our relationship with money sends a message that discipleship includes all aspects of our life except money And we know this isn t true In the center of the Sermon on the Mount there are three key texts that address our relationship with money Matthew 6 1 4 19 21 and 24 If you follow the lectionary in your preaching every one in seven Sundays there are texts listed that address some aspect of stewardship or money Finally you don t have to have it all together yourself to speak to what the Bible says on this or any other issue We always preach to what we aspire to not to what we have achieved

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  • generosity – Mennonite Church USA
    director of Stewardship Education for Everence This is the third in a series of posts based on the book Contagious Generosity by Chris Willard and Jim Sheppard True giving does not so much subtract from what we have as multiply the impact we can have on the world Kent Newburn Generosity Posted in Menno Snapshots Stewardship Tagged Beryl Jantzi Contagious generosity Everence generosity Contagious Generosity Good strategy is better than good intentions Posted on October 23 2015 Beryl Jantzi is the director of stewardship education for Everence This is the second in a series of posts based on the book Contagious Generosity by Chris Willard and Jim Sheppard The role of leadership in a congregation is to move people from good intentions to actual strategies This is according to Chris Willard and Posted in Menno Snapshots Stewardship Tagged Beryl Jantzi Contagious generosity Everence generosity resoures for stewardship Email Subscription Subscribe by Email Recent Snapshots Love is a Verb Resources for pastors conferences and congregations Hope for the Future Questions and concerns determination and confidence Discovering the root of my fear Hope for the Future What does inaction reveal about us Hope for the Future Angst and expectation together Orlando then

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  • Contagious Generosity: Good strategy is better than good intentions – Mennonite Church USA
    place to guide their process Below are some steps to help your church develop a culture of contagious generosity Create or update a vision statement for your church that identifies who you are and where you are going People will not give with enthusiasm without a compelling vision Build your budget or giving plan around your vision Develop a narrative budget that explains how the money people give connects with your vision and is building the Kingdom Establish strategies to address the needs of those who are struggling financially Host a personal money management class and invite the local community Establish a policy on how your benevolence funds are dispersed Include an expectation that persons who receive regular gifts from the benevolence fund will be expected to attend a money management class Develop a preaching and teaching rhythm that includes topics on how giving saving and spending practices tie into our walk of faith Address consumerism and materialism and what the Bible has to say about it Make talking about faith and finances a normal part of church life Create a policy that outlines how the congregation will receive bequests from members of the church and promote legacy giving among your members Since the Bible speaks about money and possessions more than heaven or hell combined and only second to the topic of the Kingdom of God maybe it really is important for us today You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God 2 Corinthians 9 11 For more information on practices and strategies addressed above contact beryl jantzi everence com Beryl Jantzi serves as the Everence Director of stewardship education Share this Facebook Twitter Email Posted in Menno Snapshots Stewardship

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  • Shared health coverage, mutual aid continue to benefit Mennonite Church USA congregations – Mennonite Church USA
    to the plan and hold open the option of joining the plan outside of open enrollment without going through underwriting Grandfather guidelines The Church Benefits Board that oversees the plan decided in September 2014 to allow congregations that end their membership in an area conference of Mennonite Church USA to stay on the plan s health coverage if they choose If they leave the plan though they may not join it again The board reaffirmed these grandfather guidelines at its Sept 10 2015 meeting and will review them in September 2016 The board wrestled with this decision since The Corinthian Plan is a Mennonite Church USA program but thought that it would be good both for the plan and for relationships in the church to keep the plan s focus on providing health coverage Smith says We didn t want to be at the center of congregational discussions about whether to stay or not Smith says that conference leaders were informed of the grandfather guidelines and that two congregations have continued their health coverage through them TCP vs ACA While the Church Benefits Board that oversees the plan had anticipated potential losses in 2015 participation in the plan has held steady with only a small decline in numbers Smith says He explains that some of the decline has to do with congregations recognizing that the Affordable Care Act ACA provides a safety net in coverage Two provisions that were unique features of The Corinthian Plan when it started in 2010 guaranteed insurability regardless of a person s medical condition and a credit or subsidy program to assist those who could not afford health coverage are also part of the ACA However TCP subsidies are figured on congregational resources and ACA subsidies on individual income so it is not like comparing apples to apples in how a congregation or person may benefit from either program he notes Smith says that since its beginning TCP has provided more than 2 2 million to congregations in subsidies to help cover their premiums through the Fair Balance Fund to which TCP member congregations contribute 10 per regular attender He says he has heard much appreciation expressed for the subsidies Unfortunately TCP subsidies will not be able to be as generous going forward because the need has grown as have the premiums he says adding that rate increases for 2016 will mostly be below the industry average of 9 9 percent but recognizing that any rate increase can be difficult for members Smith also notes that congregations will experience specific annual premium changes based on the number of persons on the plan as well as their age gender and geographic location TCP benefits According to Smith TCP remains competitive with other similar deductible plans He notes that in addition to offering health coverage the plan includes a package of Life Insurance Accidental Death Disability and Long Term Disability coverage which must be purchased separately in the open market Through participating in the plan s wellness

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  • Corinthian Plan – Mennonite Church USA
    in Corinthian Plan remains steady despite Affordable Care Act Posted on October 10 2014 ELKHART Ind Mennonite Church USA Congregational participation in The Corinthian Plan TCP a Mennonite Church USA sponsored health coverage and benefits program based on mutual care practices continues to be stable as the plan begins its sixth year on Jan 1 2015 We ve seen congregations continue to make the decision to remain a part of The Corinthian Posted in Corinthian Plan News Tagged Affordable Care Act Blue Cross Blue Shield Duncan Smith Everence health coverage Mennonite Church USA Mutual aid open enrollment The Corinthian Plan Making a way in the wilderness journey to health Posted on August 20 2014 By Ingrid Friesen Moser See I am doing a new thing Now it springs up do you not perceive it I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland Isaiah 43 19 Sometimes our journey toward good health may seem like a journey in the wilderness When we are in the wildernesses and wastelands of life seeing clearly Posted in Corinthian Plan Menno Snapshots Corinthian Plan renewals strong for 2014 Posted on April 29 2014 By Annette Brill Bergstresser ELKHART Ind Mennonite Church USA Everence The Church Benefits Board that oversees The Corinthian Plan met at the end of March According to Keith Harder outgoing director and Duncan Smith incoming director the plan continues to be in a stable financially strong position Twenty congregations did not renew their coverage for 2014 and Posted in Corinthian Plan News Tagged Corinthian Plan 1 Comment Directors transition at The Corinthian Plan Posted on April 29 2014 Church benefits plan continues to be stable in its fourth year By Annette Brill Bergstresser ELKHART Ind Mennonite Church USA Everence Keith Harder of Hillsboro Kan retired March 31 from his position as director of The Corinthian Plan TCP a Mennonite Church USA sponsored health coverage and benefits program based on mutual care practices Duncan Smith of Beaverton Posted in Corinthian Plan News Tagged Corinthian Plan Duncan Smith Keith Harder 1 Comment It s working Posted on October 24 2012 The Corinthian Plan begins third year of health coverage for pastors and church workers Español By Cindy Snider Mennonite Church USA When congregations renew their enrollment this fall in The Corinthian Plan they will be included in a success story that leaders had hoped prayed and worked for when the Mennonite Church USA sponsored health coverage plan Posted in Corinthian Plan News Tagged Corinthian Plan James R Martin Juanita Núñez Keith Harder Mennonite Church USA Nita Nikkel Richard Thomas Está funcionando Posted on October 23 2012 El Plan de Corinto inicia su tercer año de cobertura médica para pastores y obreros de la iglesia English Por Cindy Snider Iglesia Menonita de EE UU Las congregaciones que se reinscriban en otoño al Plan de Corinto quedarán incluidas en una historia de éxito que muchos líderes habían esperado y por la cual habían orado Posted in Corinthian Plan Noticias Tagged Iglesia

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  • “Grandfather” guidelines – Mennonite Church USA
    mutual aid continue to benefit Mennonite Church USA congregations Posted on October 13 2015 Board affirms 2014 decision that congregations leaving the denomination can stay on the plan ELKHART Indiana Mennonite Church USA In May when Vern Rempel ended a long term pastoral assignment to found Beloved Community A Mennonite Congregation in Littleton Colorado he was able to bring his Corinthian Plan health coverage with him The new church plant which Posted in Corinthian Plan News Tagged Grandfather guidelines Affordable Care Act Blue Cross Blue Shield Church Benefits Board Denise Henke Duncan Smith Everence Fair Balance Fund Mennonite Church USA The Corinthian Plan Vern Rempel wellness incentive Email Subscription Subscribe by Email Recent News Executive Board holds second meeting of biennium Youth Ministry Council The Gathering 2016 explores youth ministry through Anabaptist lens Executive director reappointed for third three year term Sent 2016 A gathering of Mennonites planting Jesus centered communities Hope gathering to offer specific plan for Racial Ethnic change Convention Planning team welcomes new staff members Equipping the Saints Hope for the Future V to address HR practices procedures In support of our Muslim neighbors WeAreMenno Latino a Mennonites transforming the church The Syrian refugee crisis What can

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