Stewardship University 2018

Stewardship University is an outstanding educational opportunity for members of your church and community to learn about and celebrate holistic stewardship!

The event includes a variety of workshops that offer practical, relevant information with a biblical, Christ-centered focus.

Our keynote speaker this year is Leonard Dow of Everence. His presentation title is "How is it with your soul?"


Inspiring community, faith, excellence and generosity!

March 3, 2018

Calvary Church
1051 Landis Valley Road
Lancaster, PA 17601

Our courses invite you to discover the solutions you need to live a God-honoring life of holistic stewardship. 

Come! Join us and learn ways your use of the time, talents, money, health, and relationships God has given you can enhance and deepen your faith, drawing you nearer to God.

Register for Stewardship University 2018

Option A - All Day: $39
Includes: Up to three courses, course materials, refreshments and lunch.

Early registration - subtract $5 if your registration is postmarked by Feb. 12, 2018.
Group registration - subtract $5 from your own fee if you are registering as a group of five or more people from the same church.

Option B - Single workshop: $19
Includes: Attendance and materials for any one 75-minute workshop. Lunch is not included and no discounts are available.

Online registration is closed


  • At a glance
  • Schedule
  • Session A
  • Session B
  • Session C
  • Planning group
At a glance

Dates and locations

Saturday, March 3, 2018
Calvary Church
1051 Landis Valley Road
Lancaster, PA 17601

Registration fee

Option A - All Day: $39
Includes: Up to three courses, course materials, refreshments and lunch.
See available discounts above.

Option B - Single workshop: $19
Includes: Attendance and materials for any one 75-minute workshop. Lunch is not included and no discounts are available.


Email Stewardship University 2018 at or call Lynette Morales at (717) 394-0769.

Times Workshops
8 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Registration
8:30 a.m. - 9:20 a.m. Worship and keynote
9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Workshop A
11a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Workshop B
12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Lunch/receptions
1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Workshop C

Session A
9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

A1 - Improve your credit score

Build a stronger credit score and enjoy the confidence of knowing how to do it. Credit scores are used by lenders, employers, landlords, and even your car insurance rates. Learn the rules and myths of credit scoring, how to spot errors on your credit reports, and use your rights under the Fair Credit Reporting Act. Learn practical, free steps to build your score.

Presenter: Tonia Brinston of LSS Financial Counseling

A2 - The human side of addressing poverty

We will discuss what life is like for those who are under-resourced and struggle with poverty. We will learn three foundational truths that are key to making sure individuals and organizations address poverty from a relational approach and not just a systems approach.

Presenter:  Chuck Holt of The Factory Ministries 


A3 - Getting a Jubilee ministry started

Hear the story and learnings (good, bad and ugly!) behind beginning a Jubilee model ministry in Philadelphia. Leonard Dow, former pastor of Oxford Circle Mennonite Church and board chair of its nonprofit Oxford Circle Christian Community Development Association, will share how OCCCDA started, how it remains Christ-centered and economically sustainable, as well as identify unique obstacles and opportunities of being a Jubilee leader. 

Presenter: Leonard Dow of Everence 


A4 - Investing in the Kingdom:  the five capitals

When we talk about investments, we ponder what resources we have to invest. Money is one of the first “capitals” that we think about investing. But what about other capitals? What about intellectual, physical, relational and spiritual capital? Come and interact together on creative ways for effectively investing in the Kingdom.

Presenter: Keith Blank of Business Community Network

A5 - Why your church needs planned giving

Planned giving is simply that – giving that requires some planning. In our faith communities, that conversation isn’t just about money. It also tells a story about our faith journey, transformation and hope for the future. Join us to learn the ABCs of planned giving and how the planned giving conversation can grow the spiritual health of your community.  

Presenter: Randy Nyce of Everence

A6 - A novice's guide to the economy and financial markets

The workings of financial markets can be a mystery to even the most experienced professional. This session will focus on basic strategies for observing the economy and financial markets so that participants gain a perspective on where we are in the current market cycle.

Presenter: Chad Horning of Everence

A7 - Anticipating Life After Retirement

It is important for people in their 50s and 60s to start focusing on the changes they will encounter after retirement. That can include changes in health, wealth and status. Many retirees are unsettled by the lack of schedule and meaningful activities. We will look at some action steps to prepare for what is coming. The goal is to achieve a soft landing in retirement.    

Presenters: Gerald and Marlene Kaufman, consultants and authors

A8 - Legal do's and don'ts for churches in 2018

From providing sanctuary to undocumented immigrants, to creating safe-child policies, this presentation will provide a timely update of legal matters affecting churches in 2018. It will cover recommended practices for employment matters and tax-exemption maintenance, as well as how to reduce the risk of contract breach, intellectual property infringement, and negligence claims that may affect churches.

Presenter: Peter Kraybill of Gibbel Kraybill & Hess LLP

A9 - Harmonious living music and community

Whether you are at a ballgame, a movie theater, a church service, or a concert, music creates a unifying experience for those present. We will explore the role of music in building community in our lives, society and churches.  

Presenters: Rosemary Blessing, Darlene Hein and Sarah Wingard of Mennonite Children’s Choir of Lancaster 


A10 - Business as a calling: faithfulness from Monday to Friday

Ruth and several Lancaster County businesspeople--Dan Burkholder, North Group Consultants, Janae Dagen, co-founder of Speckled Hen Coffee, Lin Weaver, VP of Shady Maple and others--will discuss putting your faith to work. Find inspiration for serving God through the work you do every day. Learn how they’ve dealt with opportunities and challenges. Hear how these businesspeople see their daily work as a ministry. Complimentary Marketplace magazine subscription will be given to everyone who attends.

Presenters: Ruth Leaman of Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA), Dan Burkholder, North Group Consultants, Janae Dagen, co-founder of Speckled Hen Coffee, Lin Weaver, VP of Shady Maple

A11 - Finding a home: displacement and newly arrived refugees in Lancaster

Luis will speak of the joys and challenges of refugees finding new homes in our communities. He will share from the perspectives of working with these new tenants and with local landlords.

Presenter: Luis Manuel Ortiz of Church World Service Lancaster

A12 - Motion pictures as mission: using a great medium to share Christ here and everywhere

Learn about the professional application of using the powerful and influential medium of film to reach out to those who would never attend church.

Presenters: Grant Bradley and Paul Griffin of Inspiring Films

Session B
11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

B1 - Scam-proof your finances

Consumer financial protection starts at home, and applies to all ages. You’ll be amazed to hear the range of financial scams out there. Financial fraud comes in many forms, from online and phone/text ploys to in-person and affinity fraud. Learn ways to help kids and teens, yourself, and older family members navigate the new economy and technology with reduced risk. 

Presenter: Tonia Brinston of LSS Financial Counseling

B2 - Hidden rules of poverty

Each of us has hidden rules and default behaviors that impact how we view life and respond to situations. We will discover the hidden rules of economic class and learn default patterns of how each class responds in a variety of areas. This information is essential for developing relationships of mutual respect across all classes so we can bring everyone together to address systemic issues of poverty in our communities.

Presenter: Chuck Holt of The Factory Ministries

B3 - Missional living from a Kingdom perspective

Jesus instructed his followers to seek first the Kingdom of God, as he released them to live as powerful missional difference makers in their communities, neighborhoods and spheres of influence. He gave them meaning in their purpose, purpose in their place, and purpose in their presence. We will converse on what it means to live missionally from a Kingdom perspective.

Presenter: Jeff McLain of East Petersburg Mennonite Church

B4 - Co-laboring with Christ - an apprentice's story

Ministry in the marketplace, as modeled by Christ, is a challenge to all who aspire to optimize their roles as Kingdom influencers and leaders in today’s business space. Be inspired as we share and celebrate many stories of God’s great faithfulness and love.

Presenter: Don Hoover of Business Community Network and Binkley & Hurst

B5 - Creating a culture of generosity ... it begins with me

We’ll identify factors that hold us back from greater generosity and then propose steps to becoming the joyful, faith-filled stewards that God intends. From there, we’ll share strategies for translating what we’ve learned about ourselves to congregational and other group settings.

Presenter: Rebekah Basinger of Basinger Consulting

B6 - Stewardship investing: how your money can support your values

Explore the intersection of faith, ethics, and the broad impact of your investments in the world. Learn how Praxis Mutual Funds – the Everence mutual fund family – practices biblical stewardship through company selection, shareholder advocacy and community investing.

Presenter: Chris Meyer of Everence

B7 - Retiring Boomers: designing a post-career mission

We will explore the unique opportunity of volunteerism and mission engagement as thousands of the Baby Boomer generation reach retirement age, and discuss ideas for those aged 55+ and pastors to proactively develop a radically new congregational “seniors” ministry.

Presenter: Dave Witmer

B8 - Should I use a 1099 or W2? Practical answers to church finance questions

Churches encounter unique financial issues such as pastors’ pay and housing allowances. Robin Ingram, a CPA from Parish Resource Center with 25 years of experience, will address these and other church financial questions, including issues regarding payroll and independent contractors.

Presenter: Robin Ingram of Parish Resource Center

B9 - Pursuing radical stewardship in everyday life

How can we creatively structure our everyday lives in ways that care for creation, our neighbor and ourselves? Come to this workshop to hear stories and have conversations about the hard work of simple living.

Presenters: Nathan and Kate Grieser

B10 - Conscious capitalism

Our daily lives are filled with economic and financial decisions. Are we conscious of the impacts of these decisions? Explore how churches and households can make more intentional spending decisions to reflect their values and participate in building the Kingdom of God.

Presenter: Craig Dalen of ASSETS of Lancaster

B11 - "Can we talk?": discussions to dismantle the illusion of race

We live in a time where tensions around race and injustice are high. Many have dug their heels into one viewpoint or another, while shying away from open and honest conversation on opposing viewpoints. The Body of Christ must come together to understand the impact racial inequality has on many people. This workshop will be an introduction to the concept of “race as a social construct” and ways to facilitate dismantling this illusion.

Presenters:  Belita Mitchell and Josiah Ludwick of Harrisburg First Church of the Brethren

B12 - Be a person other people can be friends with

Many times, we get stuck in our own little friend group where it’s safe and predictable. To be a people living missionally, we are called to go outside that protective bubble. How do you form friendships with people of a different religion or a different race? Learn practical steps to get you started in the right direction, including resources geared for teaching children.

Presenter: Kaylene Derksen of Eastern Mennonite Missions

Session C
1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

C1 - Financial stress busters

Reduce financial stress – at any income level. The #1 life stress reported by employees is personal finance. Learn methods to regain a healthy sense of control, including money mission statements, mindfulness meditation power-ups, and behavioral finance tips to change old money habits into new ones. Financial wellness is for everyone. 

Presenter: Tonia Brinston of LSS Financial Counseling 

C2 - Empowering the poor: giving a face to the invisible

Have you ever seen something invisible? When we think of those in poverty as a mass of “The Poor” who cannot help themselves instead of seeing the individual as a capable, uniquely gifted person who simply lacks opportunity, we lose sight of the answer that’s right in front of our face. Discover how you can really open your eyes to those in poverty and help be the change that’s needed.

Presenters: Jiana Wynde-Mead and Bob Cook of Empower Hope

C3 - From opioids to alcohol: learn how substance abuse is affecting our community

Uncover the myths, learn about the facts, and gain insight on how various forms of substance abuse are impacting our neighborhoods. Discover who the silent victims are – the most vulnerable children in our community – and how Court Appointed Special Advocates of Lancaster is helping the abused and neglected.

Presenters: Dannel Wissler of Providence Behavioral Health and Melissa Leibig of CASA of Lancaster

C4 - The Kingdom Entrepreneurs Movement: living in our Kingdom calling

We will be known by our fruit. The world constantly watches us as leaders. People want to know what makes us different. No pressure, right? We will discuss how to build character before Kingdom and reflect on how the enemy keeps us from our full God potential.

Presenter: Karl Diffenderfer of Higher Impact – Business & Life Coaching

C5 - Don't settle for less: increasing the joy and meaning you get from your giving

Your charitable giving is one of the most fulfilling avenues for achieving meaning and purpose in your life. Don’t leave anything on the table! Dave will talk about why giving is such an emotionally powerful experience for so many people. He will provide a compelling explanation for why charitable giving is great not just for the people you help, but for you personally, and he will talk about specific ways you can increase the joy and meaning you get from your giving.

Presenter: Dave Warren of Everence

C6 - Customizing your life: retirement and legacy

Learn about being intentional in your life’s journey, up to and through your retirement years. This will be an interactive, thought-provoking discussion on what may be most important to you, now and in the future. We have ideas, but it’s up to you to determine what’s most important to you and how to incorporate these priorities into your lives.

Presenters: George Finney and Jay Kready of Everence

C7 - Preparing for the cost of long-term care: What are my options?

It is estimated that 70 percent of adults over age 65 will need some form of long-term care. Learn from a panel of Anabaptist-related long-term care providers about how the cost of care is paid and recognize the myths and misconceptions as you plan for yourself and family members.

Presenters: Anabaptist Provider Group panel and moderator Bill Parson of Everence

C8 - How to capture your ministry vision for your next church construction project

Learn how to create a master plan to fulfill your ministry goals and to use your building as a tool to expand God’s Kingdom. We can show you how to dream big, strengthen congregational support and create unity … yet match the cost of any project to the financial resources that God provides to be the best stewards of your property.

Presenter: Rick Lown of Horst Construction

C9 - Uncluttered

This workshop will take a look into God's Word to bring insight into the overwhelming problem of too much “stuff.” How can we de-clutter and simplify, and live in a manner that is pleasing to God? How do we get started in helping ourselves, or someone we know? 

Presenter: Dawnell Yoder of Shape Up Your Space

C10 - In a broken world, can I really do anything?

Those of us who follow an active faith in Christ often hear some of our faith siblings say, “you need to read the Bible and stop playing God. It says there will always be wars and rumors of wars.” Learn how your financial decisions are a daily form of power well beyond your vote in impacting a broken world for the Kingdom of God.

Presenters: Kevin Ressler of Meals on Wheels of Lancaster, and Lancaster Action Now Coalition

C11 - What is Anabaptism?

To be good stewards of our religious heritage, we must make time to learn and know it, so that we can share it in hopes of making “on earth as it is in heaven” today’s Kingdom work. Let’s look back together, as learning how our yesterdays impact our todays, while preparing us for better tomorrows. 

Presenter:  Henry “Hank” Johnson of Harrisburg Brethren in Christ Church

C12 - What we know and don't know: making decisions the face of uncertainty

We will explore the physiological and behavioral responses to uncertainty. Whether in our personal and church relationships or in our relationships with money, an awareness of our natural reactions to uncertainty can help us navigate the many decisions we must make.

Presenters: Chad Horning of Everence and Peter Kraybill of Gibbel Kraybill & Hess LLP

Planning group

Kevin Nofziger, Everence Stewardship Consultant

Lynette Morales, Everence Client Services Representative

Kate Lopez, Everence Marketing Manager

Everence Chapter Board Members



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