Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2006-01-09

BIRMINGHAM---Samford University's Resource Center for Pastoral Excellence will sponsor a series of three workshops on Christian stewardship in 2006.

"Living Generously" is the theme of the Monday evening sessions scheduled for Jan. 23, Feb. 20 and May 1. Registration deadline for the first workshop is Jan. 18.

The workshops are designed to introduce pastors and lay leaders to biblical resources for living generously, practical strategies for giving generously, and new opportunities for investing in the generosity of others.

Organizers suggest that congregations send two people, a pastoral leader and a lay leader, to each workshop.

Specific topics to be covered are:

Jan. 23, Living Generously, led by Fisher Humphreys, professor, Samford's Beeson Divinity School; and Kenneth Roxburgh, chair, Samford department of religion.

Feb. 20, More Than the Numbers: Values-Based Estate Planning, led by Stan Davis, Samford director of gift planning, and Dennis Price, professor, Samford School of Business.

May 1, Making Dreams Come True: Grant Seeking That Works, led by John Harrison, director of development, First Priority of Alabama;  Penny Marler, director, Resource Center for Pastoral Excellence; and Terry Morgan, Samford academic grants officer.

Each session will meet 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. in room N101, Beeson Divinity School. Participants may register for any one or all three of the sessions.

Registration fee is $100 per workshop, or $250 for all three. The cost includes registration for two persons, boxed suppers at each workshop and a follow-up meeting for all participants on May 22.


Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.