The Center for Congregational Development offered a conference-wide training for pastors and church financial/stewardship teams entitled Turning Tippers Into Tithers on October 16, 2010 at St. Andrews UMC in Cullman. Jim Griffith from “The Griffith Group” taught concepts on how to help pastors encourage the congregation to fulfill the biblical principle of giving.
Throughout the day Griffith taught attendees how to communicate to different levels of givers in a meaningful and gracious way as well as how to offer opportunities for givers to give more or to start giving.
There were approximately 60 pastors and teams of lay people at the Saturday event.
Rev. Randy Kelly, pastor of Goodsell UMC said, “The Tippers to Tithers workshop personally benefited me in my approach to stewardship by developing a stewardship team, canvassing every member and approaching them differently based on categories of giving and the importance in sending thank you letters. It was one of the best I have attended.”
Rev. Suzanne Katschke, co-pastor of Crosswinds UMC said, “In today's tough economic climate, I believe the Tippers to Tithers workshop should be on every church's ‘must attend’ list. The workshop is very practical and doable for any congregation, and Jim Griffith's concepts can be applied immediately. Best of all, by involving our lay leadership, our entire finance and stewardship team now share a common vision and strategy. Tippers to Tithers not only provided us with education, it inspired our team to lead the charge in our church. Our entire team agreed that the workshop was well worth a Saturday afternoon!”
Rev. John Mount pastor of Aldersgate UMC in Birmingham agrees, adding, ““The information/experience that we received at this event should be classified as required, as a person enters the exploratory phase of entering the ministry! It should be classified as required for all pastors! And…Jim Griffith is TOPS in all of his presentations! He kept all of my folks on the edge of their chairs!”