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01/17/02 - Ministers Invited To Seminar On Stewardship "How To's" At Reinhardt College

The Reinhardt College Ministerial Association will offer "How to Conduct a Successful Giving Campaign" on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2002, in the Floyd A. and Fay W. Falany Performing Arts Center from 10 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. on Reinhardt's main campus in Waleska, Ga. Ministers of all faiths are invited to explore how to successfully finance church efforts.

James F. Jernigan, a Reinhardt church relations officer, said the seminar is especially targeted toward those in their first five years of ministry. "Part of the College's mission is to serve others, and this seminar is designed to address this specific need within the ministerial community, " he said.

RMA President the Rev. Brian E. Clark, pastor of Royston First United Methodist Church and Reinhardt Class of 1995 member, expects the seminar to be very beneficial to him. As a young minister, Clark considers finances, especially stewardship or fund raising, to be one of the most difficult church areas to administrate.

"As the RMA officers discussed what sort of seminar to offer, we wanted to provide a real learning experience that could enhance the formal education we all received," Clark said. "Conducting a stewardship campaign is not something I spent a lot of time on in seminary, but it is something every minister needs to know how to do."

The Rev. Dr. R. Warren Lathem Jr., the lead instructor for the seminar, is a creative, innovative teacher and pastor who has championed churches through incredible times of growth and expansion. As chancellor of Mount Pisgah United Methodist Church, a 5700-member church in Alpharetta, Ga., where he served as senior minister for 18 years, he is focusing on starting new churches. Prior to coming to Mount Pisgah UMC, he served as senior minister for three other United Methodist churches in the North Georgia Conference.

Lathem feels very little formal instruction is given to pastors on "how to lead a congregation to Christian maturity in giving."

"God intends to provide all the resources any church needs for its ministry," Lathem said. "There is no shortage of provision with God. In this seminar, we will look at how to grow forward the spiritual maturity of a congregation through giving development."

A Reinhardt alumnus from the Class of 1972, Lathem earned his Bachelor of Arts from Asbury College (Wilmore, Ky.), his Master's of Divinity from the Candler School of Theology (Emory University, Atlanta, Ga.) and his doctorate from the McCormick Theological Seminary (University of Chicago, Chicago, Ill.).

The seminar has a $15 registration fee, with a registration deadline of Feb. 15, 2002. The College's main campus is located in northwestern Cherokee County, less than an hour from Cartersville, Calhoun, Jasper, Cumming, Gainesville, Alpharetta, Roswell, and Marietta, Ga. For more information, please contact Barbara Manous at 770-720-5506 or

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