While it may seem that stewardship is a once-a-year campaign to raise money for the church budget, it should be more than that. Grace. Gratitude. Generosity. Stewardship should be a joyful, life-giving spiritual discipline that is practiced throughout the year. This workshop explores pathways toward the renewal of the joy of stewardship of time, talent, treasure, and testimony (storytelling) through an overview of resources offered by the Presbyterian Foundation.
Rev. Dr. Rose Niles is a ministry relations officer serving the Northeast Region, including Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, and the Pennsylvania Presbyteries of Philadelphia and Donegal. She works with congregations to create a culture of generosity, offers seminars and workshops, develops gifts and fundraising plans for ministries, and provides coaching to finance, stewardship and endowment committees.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Rose served as development officer at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. She also served with the Committee of Theological Education for almost seven years as associate for theological education and seminary relations. She served as pastor to congregations in the New York area and in Louisville. A life-long Presbyterian reared in the Bronx, Rose served as the vice moderator of the Synod of the Northeast at a young age. Later, as a young pastor, she served as the moderator of the Synod. During her time at New York Theological Seminary, she taught in multiple programs, supervised D.Min. projects, and taught in their master’s program in Sing-Sing maximum security prison.