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The Price of Faith: Exploring Our Choices about Money and Wealth by Marie T. Cross
Although stewardship itself is a word often heard in the church, money is rarely discussed in terms of the ethical decisions and daily lifestyle choices we make. The Price of Faith presents a holistic definition of stewardship and examines what money and wealth mean for us in our participation in the life of the church and in our personal expressions of faith. Ten session plans that deal with personal finances, church funds, charity, and attitudes about money are incuded to help adults gain a new understanding of stewardship.
Creative Giving: Understanding Planned Giving and Endowments in Church
by Michael Reeves, Rob Fairly, and Sanford Coon
Creative Giving helps us think about estate planning and stewardship within the ministry and mission of the church. Creative Giving is a significant resource for every pastor and lay person seeking to know more about a dimension of Christian stewardship rarely discussed in churches today. It discusses planned giving and boldly suggests that it is time for congregations to overcome our hesitancy to talk about gifts of accumulated assets by will, revocable trust, or other plans.
Practicing Extravagant Generosity: Daily Readings on the Grace of Giving by Robert Schnase
An indispensable part of the Extravagant Generosity stewardship program, this volume, by Bishop Schnase, opens the Scriptures to show the joy and grace of giving. Designed to provide daily Bible readings for the four weeks of the program, it leads the reader to explore such questions as “Why do we give,” “Who benefits most from our giving,” and “Where does true contentment come from?” By reading and following this guide to the spiritual discipline of stewardship, church members will experience afresh the joy of serving God with their time, talents, and gifts.
Healthy Congregations: A Systems Approach by Peter L. Steinke
In this sequel to How Your Church Family Works, Peter Steinke takes readers into a deeper exploration of the congregation as an emotional system. He outlines the factors that put congregations at risk for anxiety and conflict. Learn ten principles of health, how congregations can adopt new ways of dealing with stress and anxiety, as well as how spiritually and emotionally healthy leaders influence the emotional system.
Grace & Gratitude (Being Reformed, Faith Seeking Understanding) by Charles A. Wiley
In this study, theologian Charles Wiley explores two important theological terms of Reformed and Presbyterian identity and conviction: “Grace and Gratitude.” These two words have important history within our tradition; and they live on in vigorous ways today. Wiley says the terms together are “our gift to the wider church.” We see the essence of Christian faith captured in the combination, “Grace and Gratitude.” This is our witness to God’s extravagant love expressed in Jesus Christ—grace; and our response as Christ’s disciples, committed thankfully to doing God’s work in this world—gratitude.
Beyond the Collection Place: Overcoming Obstacles to Faithful Giving by Michael Durall
This is a comprehensive guide to building healthy congregational attitudes and practices toward managing and spending financial resources. Much has been written about how churches can raise money. Less guidance has been offered by way of a comprehensive view of congregational finances, one that demonstrates how individual attitudes toward giving money, and congregational attitudes toward managing and spending money, are inextricably linked together. How can churches counteract the consumerist mentality in society in ways that lead to simpler living and more sacrificial giving? Durall promises to help people understand that giving to the church helps create more meaningful lives, not just at church, but throughout their lives.
Ask, Thank, Tell: Improving Stewardship Ministry in Your Congregation by Charles R. Lane
The goal of this book, says author Charles Lane, is to perform a dramatic rescue of stewardship, freeing it from any connection whatsoever to “paying the bills.” When the Bible talks about stewardship it almost always talks about the intimate connection between how a person handles financial matters and that person’s relationship with God. Stewardship is an intensely spiritual matter that lies close to a disciple’s relationship with Jesus. The book is designed especially for use in congregational planning and study. Congregational stewardship leaders will come back to three foundational verbs — ask, thank, tell — over and over as they help individuals experience the joy of giving generously.
Enough: Discovering Joy through Simplicity and Generosity by Adam Hamilton
Money has great power in our lives. Used wisely, it is one key to accomplishing our goals, providing for our needs, and fulfilling our life purpose. In recent years, many of us ignored the wisdom of the past when it came to managing and spending our money. We felt an insatiable desire for more. And we found ourselves spending tomorrow’s money today in order to have what we hoped would satisfy. Enough is an invitation to rediscover the Bible’s wisdom when it comes to prudent financial practices. In these pages are found the keys to experiencing contentment, overcoming fear, and discovering joy through simplicity and generosity. This book could change your life, by changing your relationship with money.
Stewardship Manual: A Guide for Year-Round Financial Stewardship Planning
Stewardship is how we use our God-give gifts; it how we use our talents, our time, and our treasure. Stewardship is the way we use all our resources to carry on Christ’s work of reconciliation in the world. This manual assists pastors, sessions, and stewardship committees as they plan for the financial health of the congregation. Financial health speaks to our whole attitude about money, including how our understanding of God’s goodness influences all of our financial decision. (This manual can be downloaded by clicking on the following link: Stewardship Manual: A Guide for Year-Round Financial Stewardship Planning)
Enough: God’s Blessing in Abundance by Laura Mendenhall
Explore dimensions of what it means to have enough through the parables of Jesus and other biblical references. This insightful study encourages readers to look at what is really most important to have in life–God’s blessings, which are in abundance, for us. Use the teachings of Jesus to explore ways to counter the prevailing and destructive myths: there is not enough, more is better, and this is just the way it is and find ways to enter more fully as partners in what God is doing among us to bring God’s peace, justice and wholeness to all.
Embracing Stewardship by Charles R. Lane and Grace Duddy Pomroy
Mindful of generational perspectives and attuned to the world in which congregations live, this book provides eight pathways your congregation can follow to deepen your members’ understanding of themselves as stewards of the bounty of God. The authors’ perspectives from two different generations offer a mixture of tried-and-true strategies and new approaches that will help faith communities and their leaders become confident, competent, generous stewards.
Imagining Abundance: Fundraising, Philanthropy, and a Spiritual Call to Service by Kerry Alys Robinson
Fundraising is ministry—a transformative ministry that challenges all people to realize their own gifts and how they can be used for the benefit of the church. Kerry Robinson focuses on reasons why each of us are called to be stewards. We act because we’re excited about what it is that we do for the church and where we’re called by God to be, we want others to be just as excited about what that is, and we want people to be partners with us in that ministry.
Whose Offering Plate Is It?: New Strategies for Financial Stewardship by J. Clif Christopher
It’s always helpful to think about the cultural changes affecting stewardship and giving in our churches. Clif Christopher challenges us to realize that some methods of reaching our congregations about stewardship are no longer effective and to consider ways to be more effective.
A Spirituality of Fundraising by Henri J.M. Nouwen
“Fundraising is, first and foremost, a ministry,” renowned author and teacher Henri Nouwen writes in the introduction. “It’s a way of announcing our vision and inviting other people into our mission.” Nouwen approaches fundraising from a position of strength rather than weakness, seeing it as spiritual work. Nouwen’s insights will shift your thinking about fundraising.
Giving to God: The Bible’s Good News about Living a Generous Life
by Mark Allan Powell