Leadership Academy: Transforming Generosity Through Your Storytelling

Stories, no matter how polished or who authored the words, transform our actions and lives.  Yet we overlook or forget the power of sharing stories the moment giving or financial statements are a topic of discussion.  We tend to focus on giving as a transaction rather than how stories inspire generosity, deepen faith and transform lives.

The Stewardship and Missions Table of the Metro D.C. Synod invite you to a 90-minute Leadership Academy session, led by Andrew Steele of LIRS and Rev. Lucille “CeCee” Mills of the North Carolina Synod, during which you will: 

  • Learn why sharing our stories is important and impactful
  • Practice sharing a story in a small group guided by proven methods from our speakers
  • Shift your mindset from transactional giving to the transformational joy of generosity

Who Should Attend?

Rostered ministers; stewardship chairs and team members; congregational council members; congregational lay leaders; any employees of non-profit organizations

Meet Our Speakers

Rev. Lucille “CeCee” Mills
Associate Director of Evangelical Mission in North Carolina Synod
The Rev. Lucille “CeCee” Mills grew up in Greensboro, N.C.  She completed her seminary studies at The Lutheran Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Ordained on March 20, 2004, she served her first ten years of ministry in the Virginia Synod. Since then, Pastor Mills has served several congregations as an interim in the North Carolina Synod while also serving as an Associate Program Director for African Descent Ministries in the ELCA Churchwide Offices for five years. She currently serves as the Associate Director for Evangelical Mission in the North Carolina Synod.

Andrew G. Steele
Vice President for Development and Outreach at LIRS
Andrew G. Steele leads a dynamic team responsible for all development, fundraising and outreach efforts. Prior to joining LIRS, Andrew was the Assistant Vice President for Advancement & Director of Campaigns at his alma mater, Wittenberg University. Before serving in that capacity, Andrew was the Director for Global Mission Funding at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), overseeing $30+ million of revenue as part of a successful five-year, $250 million comprehensive campaign. An avid traveler, Andrew annually returns to South Africa and Lesotho where he once lived and co-founded BLOOM Africa, a 501(c)(3) organization.

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