Growing Givers’ Hearts: Treating Fundraising as Ministry

Growing Givers’ Hearts: Treating Fundraising as Ministry

Fundraising, Giving, Resource Review, Theology
by Thomas H. Jeavons and Rebekah Burch Basinger. (San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass Publishers, 2000), ISBN: 0-7879-4829-2, 211 pp., $22.95US, hardcover. Review by Michael Meier, director for leadership development, Stewardship Team, Division for Congregational Ministries, of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. There are those who insist on a wall of separation between “stewardship” and “fundraising.” Proponents of this view tend to value “stewardship” highly and denigrate “fundraising” as something not only separate, but also distinctly inferior. The authors of this volume might succeed in causing such “separationists” to rethink their derisive certainties. The authors intend to show how Christian fundraising can and should be ministry. They believe fundraising not only should raise funds, but also empower spiritual growth within its participants. (See “Aim for the Heart: Fundraising as Ministry”). As…
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Stu Bear: A Story about Stewardship for Young Children

Stu Bear: A Story about Stewardship for Young Children

Children, Resource Review, Stewardship
by Lynn Williamson Delgado, 1995, Presbyterian Church (USA), PDS 70370-95-207, 1-800-524-2612. Review by Rosemary Widmer, staff member of College Mennonite Church in Goshen, Indiana. A castaway bear, Stu Bear is buried at the bottom of a toy box in the church nursery. Some young children discover him there and rescue him from the dark corner of the box. They see the possibility for new life. Stu Bear endures much scrubbing and stitching, but is revived and is better than ever! Stu Bear is introduced to his church family as a bear who will learn about stewardship along with the congregation. An understanding of stewardship comes alive as Stu Bear visits the homes of children. One little girl knows that Jesus wants us to love everyone, so she gathers groceries with…
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