David S. Bell, Senior Design Partner

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David S. Bell

Senior Design Partner

Stewardship

David creates hope by providing motivational seminars and visionary design for leaders of congregations and faith-based organizations. With a primary focus on leadership and stewardship, David customizes his services to strengthen the vitality and generosity of faith-based communities across North America. His deep commitment to clients assures:

  • Spiritual Integrity
  • Customized Solutions
  • A Process-Oriented Approach
  • Access to a Network of Leading-Edge Thinkers

David’s expertise includes generosity development, faith-based speaking, stewardship education, fundraising design, and organizational vision. As an author of many noteworthy articles, he is a forerunner in the discipline of spiritual giving. He empowers leaders to discover their vital role in enabling communities of faith to embody a generous culture.

He addresses the often-overlooked spiritual discipline of generosity, the debilitating impact of hyperconsumerism on giving, and the positive cycle of abundance-focused communities. The growing demand for his intuitive, strategic vision and passionate leadership is significant. One of David’s recognized strengths is his personal understanding of organizations from various perspectives. He gained experience as a pastor, a development director, and a regional and national church executive.

In addition to serving as Senior Design Partner with Design Group International, Inc., David currently serves as President and Executive Director of the United Methodist Foundation of Michigan. He is President of the Board of Directors of the Ecumenical Stewardship Center . He is an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Christian Leadership Alliance, Partnership for Philanthropic Planning, and the National Association of Church Business Administrators.

David is a magna cum laude graduate of Drew Theological School, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies and Secondary Education from The College of Wooster and has pursued post-graduate studies in the areas of personal and church finance, planned giving, and non-profit management.

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What Others Are Saying…

David offers passionate and compassionate leadership. A keen mind, pastoral heart and commitment to stewardship fuel his creativity as a skillful facilitator and visionary leader. His dynamic and friendly style, combined with sensitivity to ecumenical and cultural diversity, also makes David a popular seminar leader in Canada and the U.S. David’s delightful sense of humour complements his expertise for a meaningful and joyful experience.

—Barbara Fullerton
Stewardship Development Program Coordinator
The United Church of Canada

God has truly anointed David Bell. His honest and compelling message convicted my heart and reminded me that God is truly the owner of all and I am His steward. I recommitted our finances to God and returned to [be] set free from the bondage of debt. Thank you!

—Vickie Perkins
Pastor
Hanover United Methodist Church
Hanover, Indiana

David provides both creative and visionary leadership, while simultaneously understanding the unique value of each person. He is a focused listener, an effective team leader, and a skilled consensus builder. His presentations are rich with story and well-supported by multimedia technology. He is dependable — if he says he is going to do it, he will — and it will be done exceeding your expectations.

—Bishop Kenneth Schnell
Risk Management Services
Community of Christ World Headquarters

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