Thursday, October 16, 2014

Where your treasure is: Walking beside us - Rev. Dr. G. Edwin Zeiders

By Rev. Phyllis M. Bowers, Executive Director, United Methodist Stewardship Foundation

We’re pleased to welcome Rev. Dr. G. Edwin Zeiders as The Stewardship Foundation’s new consultant. Ed, as he prefers to be called, is a retired clergy member of the Susquehanna Conference. He graduated from Lebanon Valley College, United Theological Seminary, and Boston University School of Theology. He also studied in Great Britain at Wesley College and Cambridge University.

Ed will be available through The Stewardship Foundation to consult with you about capital campaigns, conduct annual commitment programs, visioning and planning processes, and lead seminars in stewardship education.

In addition to serving churches in Clearfield, Stewartstown, and State College, he was Wellsboro District Superintendent, Conference Council Director, and president of United Theological Seminary. Ed was delegate to General and Jurisdictional Conferences, member of the General Commission on Communications, and General Council on Ministries. His professional development includes the World Methodist Council, World Methodist Evangelism Institute, and General Council on Ministries.

Ed is chairperson of the Susquehanna Conference Commission on Child Advocacy, and has founded Dimensions4, LLC, a firm devoted to coaching and consulting for congregations and non-profit agencies. You may reach Ed through The Stewardship Foundation at 1-800-272-0113 or

Educational opportunities:
October 21, 2014 – Communications and Social Media Clinic – 9 a.m. to noon. Led by Scott Vaughan, CEO, Scott Vaughan Communications, and held at Zion UMC, 1030 Carlisle Rd., York, PA 17404-4938. CEUs .03.

Originally designed for executive directors of the National Association of United Methodist Foundations, the clinic is now available to clergy, their staff, and anyone interested in communication. It’s presented in three parts: 10 Things about People; 10 Things to Improve Communication; 10 Things about Hospitality. Registration is $35 on-line only at

November 11, 2014 – Clergy Tax and Compensation Conference – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Led by William Fordney, CPA, staff accountant for The Stewardship Foundation and principal of White Knight Financial Consulting. Held at Mt. Zion UMC, 4685 Mt. Zion Dr., Enola, PA 17025. Lunch and .02 CEUs included. This is for clergy, church treasurers, and interested parties. Registration is $35 on-line only at

Some tax provisions apply only to clergy. We’ll cover this in part one. In part two, find out about clergy compensation, such as estimated payments for taxes.

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