Academy of Faith and Generosity 2020

By Kim Matthews

The United Methodist Foundation of West Virginia, Inc. is hosting a free virtual Academy in October and November of 2020.  The general theme of the Academy is Creating a Culture of Generosity during a Pandemic.  Each session will be offered using Zoom and will be 1 to 1 1/2 hours, covering different topics related to the theme, and led by specialists in their fields. 

Rev. Jeff Taylor, President of The Foundation, and Kim Matthews, CLM, Vice President of The Foundation, will lead the second session of the Academy on October 15, 2020, at 7:30 p.m. The topic is Legacy Giving During a Pandemic: Why, How, and What.  Why do our present circumstances offer ministry opportunities to churches in the area of legacy giving? How do church leaders encourage legacy giving? What tools are available to the member who would like to create a gift for future generations?

The complete schedule for the Academy is:

  • Session 1 – was held on October 1, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. The topic is Adapting Annual Financial Campaigns in a Pandemic: Ten Key Considerations led by Rev. Dr. Ken Sloane.  It is available to view via recording.
  • Session 2 – October 15, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.  Legacy Giving During a Pandemic: Why, How, and What led by Rev. Jeff Taylor and Kim Matthews. 
  • Session 3 – November 5, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.  Generations and Stewardship, led by Grace Duddy Pomroy, CFEI. 
  • Session 4 – November 12, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.  What’s Your Why, led by Grace Duddy Pomroy, CFEI. 

Registration is required.  You only need to register once, and you will receive invitations to all four sessions.  You can learn more about the Academy and register at

Clergy can receive continuing education credit for the sessions of the Online Academy of Faith and Generosity that they attend.  The form to apply for a Continuing Education Certificate will be supplied following the November 12, 2020 session.   

The Online Academy is part of a lay Advanced Stewardship Course.  Requirements for the Advanced Course can be found at