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Thou Shalt Not Fear the Offering Plate:
The practical, emotional & spiritual dimensions of fundraising.

Saturday, March 22, 2014
Stuart Hall
Princeton Theological Seminary

One day. Two seminars.

  • 9:30 am – 11:30 am        Who Gives & Why?     
  • 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm         The Habit of Asking (space is limited)     

Program Description

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Offering Plate stock photo Revenue generation – typically from fundraising appeals – is a practical reality for church plants, churches & ministries. Yet most pastors didn’t go into ministry because of an abiding love of the offering plate. Indeed, many pastors secretly loathe the offering plate.

The offering plate is not just a practical issue --- Do we have enough funds?
It is also an emotional issue --- How do I feel about asking for funds?
And it is a spiritual issue --- How does asking for funds inform & impact my call?  

Chris Kopka, Vice President of Strategy & Outreach at Thrivent Financial, will spend Saturday, March 22nd on campus  for both a large group presentation on Generosity and a small group workshop on Fundraising Skills Development. Come for one or both sessions.

Morning interactive presentation - 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Who gives – and why?Insights from the emerging science of generosity.
What if the emerging science of generosity could help change our relationship with the offering plate? In this presentation, we will unpack fascinating insights about who gives, when, why, how much – and to whom.

Afternoon skills & assessment workshop -  1:00 p.m – 4:00 p.m.
The Habit of Asking: A skills-building workshop for pastors, ministry leaders & church planters. (Space is limited)
The Habit of Asking is a 3 hour workshop that “unpacks” how to do non-shame based fundraising for churches & ministries. It offers a brief overview of the emerging behavioral science around generosity, a quick assessment tool for churches, ministries and church plants, then pivots to skills building with a focus on individual donors, often around smaller asks ($50 to $5,000 range).


One day with two seminars.

  • 9:00 am – 9:30 am          Registration     
  • 9:30 am – 11:30 am        Who Gives & Why?     
  • 11:45 am – 12:45 pm     Lunch (in the campus dining hall)
  • 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm         The Habit of Asking (space is limited)       


Kopka photoChris Kopka is Vice President for Outreach and Strategic Development for brightpeak financial, a division of Thrivent Financial. He is a poet by passion, a lawyer by training and a business strategist by accident. His personal mission? Helping people see themselves as blessed so they might share their blessings.


Please read the Registration and Cancellation Policy before registering. To register, click here.

Need to stay in Princeton for the night? Lodging is available on the seminary campus at the Erdman Center for an additional $65/night (single room, private bath) or $55/night (single room, shared bath). Call the front desk at 609-497-7990 to reserve a room.

Questions? Contact:
Continuing Education
Princeton Theological Seminary
20 Library Place
Princeton NJ 08540-6824
Phone: 609.497.7990
e-mail: [email protected]