Game Changing Leadership

Game Changing Leadership – Be Renewed • August 2020

Game Changing Leadership – Be Renewed is a chance to refocus, reenergize, and be renewed in leadership, church mission and vision, and stewardship.

The world has been in turmoil since the middle of March due to COVID-19. The uncertainty and challenges it has brought are not going away any time soon. This fall, circumstances will look a little different. In-person worship may or may not be happening, and the focus on virtual worship will still be high. With uncertainties about personal and church finances, budgeting for 2021 will be more difficult than normal.

As we look towards the fall and think about funding ministry for the 2021 ministry plan/operating budget, there are several questions to consider:

  • How do we address all of the questions and fears as the church attempts to adjust to the effects of the pandemic?
  • How do we fully fund our God-inspired vision in 2021?
  • What does our fall campaign look like in 2020?
  • How do we discuss generosity with grace in uncertain times?


The UM Foundation is partnering with Generis to provide two “Game Changing Leadership: Be Renewed” online workshops on August 18 and 20.

  • Game Changing Leadership – Be Renewed: Tuesday, August 18 • 1:00 pm CST
  • Game Changing Leadership – Be Renewed: Thursday, August 20 • 11:00 am CST

If you have any questions about these events, please call the Foundation office at (334) 793-6820 or email [email protected]


Event Details

When are the workshops? August 18 and 20, 2020

What is the cost? These workshops are 100% FREE

Can I earn CEU credit? Yes! You can earn .1 CEU credit by attending this workshop

How long is each workshop? Each workshop lasts for one hour

Who are the speakers? Terri Turner, UM Foundation Executive Director; Alan Wildes and Chris Stovall of Generis




“I want to take this moment to thank you both for the wonderful webinars you have allowed Generis to offer to clergy online. I have participated in at least 5 of them and each one has given me new insights and tools to use in ministry that are especially helpful during our present circumstances due to the Covid-19 pandemic. ” – Rev. Larry Teasley

“I waited patiently for this day to arrive, and I was NOT disappointed. Right from the start, I found the information informative and useful. There was NO clock watching here. Every speaker was engaging, they kept my interest, and their delivery was exciting, drawing you into the conversation on how to live a life of generosity. I am VERY thankful to the U.M. Foundation of AWF for providing this event. YOU made MY DAY!”” – Rev. Warren

“One of the most tangible ways that God has worked at Foley United Methodist Church has been through the influence of Chris Stovall and Generis. Through our partnership, we have experienced a radical reversal of previous trends and find ourselves enjoying the best seasons of ministry this church has known in years.” – Dr. Nolan

“I appreciate the information shared by Dave to help us navigate the uncharted waters for our church in the next weeks and months. We will definitely need to develop budget scenarios so that we can be as prepared as possible and have no surprises.” – Unknown

“We’re going to use the ideas we learned immediately; quarterly giving statements with a letter. Also, we asked the staff to look for stories to share during the offering moments. Currently we have members share their testimony in our newsletter.” – Unknown

“I’m looking forward to implementing some of the ideas!” – Linda

“I wanted to share an appreciation for the excellent webinar. It was the most practical content I have ever heard on helping churches become generous. I think every pastor needs to hear this. Great service to the churches of AWF Conference. Thank you to the Foundation for this gift.” – Rudy

“I attended the webinar in March (2019) and have already applied some of the suggestions offered in that session – and we have seen giving increase!” – Matt





Chris Stovall, Generis Generosity Strategist

Chris has over 28 years of church ministry experience. During that time, he served in almost every capacity on a church staff including planting a church which he pastored and lead for 15 years. Chris has led churches and sat in that pastor’s chair. He has been doing church consulting and coaching for 14 years with both churches and church plants throughout the country.

Chris’ background financially and administratively began prior to his entering occupational ministry. After college, he worked in corporate commercial banking for 5 years. Chris has also built and led several start-up companies, developing great teams and infrastructure in order to position each to quickly be profitable. In his career, he has started and sold 5 companies.

Chris has a BS in Business/Accounting from Murray State University, a BA in Music from Western Kentucky University and both an MA in Theology and an MDiv from Luther Rice University.

Chris’ sole professional focus is now working with churches as a consultant for Generis. To learn more about Chris and the work he is doing with churches go to


Alan Wildes, Generis Vice President

Alan views his role as a generosity coach to be one that empowers. He brings the knowledge, experience, listening and motivational skills needed to help others realize their goals. In the last 15 years alone, he has led over 125 successful church generosity initiatives, applying his unique skills and insights as a layperson and coach to the training of God’s real-life stewards.

A social studies teacher and baseball coach for eight years prior to becoming a full-time fundraising consultant, Alan earned his Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and his Master of Science in Education from Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro.

Alan met his wife Pam at UNCP and they have been married for over 20 years. He has a son, Jackson, and a daughter, Anabelle. Alan and his family attend The Parish Church in Alpharetta, GA. Alan enjoys all things baseball.


Terri Turner, UM Foundation Executive Director

Terri Turner has been the Executive Director of the Alabama-West Florida Conference United Methodist Foundation since 1991, currently overseeing over $93 million in assets for churches. A graduate of Florida State University, Terri spent 13 years in the investment brokerage business and finds her expertise as a financial consultant very helpful in counseling with church members and churches. Responsibilities with the Foundation include overseeing the administration and investment management of permanent gifts and church funds as well as developing programs throughout the conference to encourage good stewardship of God’s gifts. Terri is an active member of the Southeastern Jurisdiction of United Methodist Foundations where she has served as President and is active nationally in Foundation work as a member of the National Association of United Methodist Foundations. Terri and her family are members of FUMC in Dothan, AL.