LCMS Foundation raising money!

That’s the good news. The bad news is that it’s raising funds for itself.


LCMS News just sent out information about Gift Development and Stewardship courses provided by The LCMS Foundation.

One of the courses, offered for two days in April and held at the International Center, runs $950 per person!

As a former development professional, and with all due respect to the Foundation, I’m pretty sure that outfit — known more for its trouble raising money and bureaucratic waste and idiocy — is the last place I’d go to for fundraising training.

But hey, your mileage may vary.


LCMS Foundation raising money! — 6 Comments

  1. “One of the courses, offered for two days in April and held at the International Center, runs $950 per person!”

    This reminds me of the guys on radio who promise to make you financially independent, *just *like *they* *are, if you buy their book and audio. Turns out they became financially independent by selling books and audios!


    Course Six: Administrative Sustaining Support
    and Grants

    This course explores the strategic involvement of people in the developmental processes and program. Consider the key building blocks for support and administration services required for an effective infrastructure. Determine a checklist of development support services such as data management and donor research tools…READ MORE.

    When: April 16-17, 2009 from 8:30-4:30 PM (Thursday-Friday)
    Where: LCMS International Center, St. Louis, MO
    Cost: $950/person

    Seating is limited- Register today!

    And you thought a seminary education was expensive. The added benefit of this course is you get to learn synod speak.

  3. I read that page, Anonymous, from Mollie’s original link, and wondered what the H I’d come away knowing after kissing $950 goodbye.
    I’d love to hear how many take advantage of this ‘offer’, but especially to hear what they *think* they’ve learned.
    God forbid congregations underwrite some member’s attendance, when they could’ve sent their church musicians to Organist Workshops at CTS Fort Wayne for far less, or a sem student thru hours of classes or even months of rent.
    I can’t even understand *who* this course is designed for.

  4. I, too, was somewhat taken aback when I saw the advertisement from LCMS about these expensive training events. All kinds of ideas ran through my mind, but the one which most kept jumping out at me was: you can rest assured that this training will teach you how to manipulate people into giving.

    True stewardship is a heart changed by Christ’s love. Any attempt to manipulate people into that is Law-based (vs. Gospel-based) and destined for failure.

  5. I don’t understand, though, who is expected to attend such a seminar? Church workers? Laity? Administrators of the Synod?
    I just don’t understand at whom, from within all the layers of LC-MS, such a seminar is aimed.
    I understand that it aims to further the reach of bureaucrat-ese–truly the post-modern language.. but I don’t know which bureaucrats it’s aimed at: regular lay-workers? Or somewhere up the food chain?
    What a waste, whatever the aim. Sunday school teachers, let alone pastors, parents, and grandparents, are rolling in their graves, knowing they once taught such men as those who come up with such pursuits for God’s people. Nover mind the cost–it’s the mindset that’s costing us.

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