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The Regional Synod of New York

Creating Congregational Cultures of Generosity in RSNY

Most of our churches struggle to have enough money to do the ministry to which we are called.  We spend a great deal of time on fundraising, capital campaigns, etc, often with little long-term success. What if our churches were not just filled with generous people, which they already are, but if they were cultures of generosity?

Several churches in Mid-Hudson Classis have engaged a learning community around helping their congregations become “cultures of generosity.”

Rev. Aaron Schulte, Pastor of the Community Church of High Falls and Rochester Reformed Church says this,”When I first heard Ken Eriks speak about CCCG (Creating Congregational Cultures of Generosity), I realized how much I wanted to do this.  Everyone worries about money – we worry about it when we don’t have it, and we worry about it when we do have it.  And yet, talking about money can be such a taboo in the church.  How can I provide pastoral care to people when this huge issue in their lives – money – is off limits?  How can the church pursue a genuine agenda of transformation when we can’t talk about it?  In CCCG I see an opportunity to start a conversation we otherwise are too afraid to have with each other.”

We look forward to seeing how CCCG works within the churches involved and in the Classis. If your church would like information about CCCG, please contact the Synod office.

For more information, click here to download a brochure.