I am glad to recommend Richard Felton and his expert guidance as Consultant for stewardship. We used him for our Annual Stewardship drive at Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church in first half of 2013. Prior to this year, Rick preached for two other Emerson Stewardship campaigns and gave advice when asked. This year, we hired Rick as our official consultant and I had the pleasure of working with him in my capacity as Stewardship Chair. We relied on his high level of professionalism as we developed and executed plans for our 2013 Stewardship Drive, “Celebrating Life’s Abundance”
From the initial phase of strategizing through the final wrap-up meeting, Rick was accessible and responsive to questions, emails, and phone calls. He made himself available for gatherings and extended a warm and knowledgeable presence to our congregation in all of his interactions. Rick listened carefully and brought his unique skill-set to bear as he made recommendations and explained his rationales.
Rick proved himself to be particularly adept at communicating and speaking. This talent extended equally to individual members of the congregation, to board members, and to key donors. He also spoke from our pulpit presenting the sermon “Celebrating Life’s Abundance: Moving from Fear to Gratitude to Generosity” at the Sunday service which ended with an opportunity for the congregation to make their pledges of financial commitment. His remarks were inspirational, passionate, and motivational. They reflected the theme of our stewardship drive to perfection as he invited us to “join with others in a journey toward a vision of abundance – a journey into a generous life”.
Rick’s work with us is not just for this one stewardship drive…his message and teaching will stay with us as we go forward with our ministries.
Gail Ringer, Stewardship Chair, Emerson Unitarian Church, Canoga Park