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Courage to Ask: What Your People Want to Hear

The NCCUMC Financial Discipleship committee, in partnership with the Center for Leadership Excellence, presents a virtual workshop with Bonnie Marden…

March 20, 2023 @ 1:00 pm 3:00 pm


Our world is experiencing both increasing wealth and increasing financial needs. Imagine the church as the mission bridge changing the world with courageous invitations and generosity. As leaders, what do we need to know or learn to actively participate in funding God’s beloved community?

To increase your knowledge and experience cultivating donors, this virtual workshop is designed to equip and empower everyone to ask with courage. You already have the most important skills, and everything else you need can be learned. Whether you are experienced or terrified of “asking,” this workshop will equip you for courageous conversations that cultivate generosity.

Take a step toward your leadership potential to raise both resources and generosity!

An Interactive Zoom Workshop – Although we do plan to record the meeting, this workshop is interactive and includes breakout rooms. Mark your calendars and plan to join us live to receive the full benefit of the material Bonnie has prepared for us.

Plus, NCCUMC clergy and laity who attend are eligible for a scholarship to attend Bonnie’s five session online training on donor cultivation (a $150 value, limited quantity available).

About Bonnie Marden

Bonnie Ives Marden is a stewardship practitioner, specializing in leadership empowerment and financial accountability. Author of Church Finances for Missional Leaders: Best Practices in Financial Stewardship (2019), she brings technical experience and cultural awareness to the spiritual and temporal aspects of church financial stewardship. She speaks and teaches nationally on our relationship with money and accountability. 

Bonnie provided leadership for the Imagine No Malaria campaign and currently teaches donor cultivation (Cultivating the Craft of Asking), conflict transformation (Conflict as a Means of Grace), and Garrett Seminary’s Financial Leadership for Churches. She is a graduate of Tufts University and EMU and LMU’s mediation and trauma healing programs and a certified faculty member of Creating A Culture of Renewal.