It’s a Faith Thing!

It’s a Faith Thing!

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After another day of practicing anesthesiology and doing pastoral work, Jon and Mandy sit in their Indianapolis living room and reflect on their giving to the church. “It’s a habit,” says Mandy, who is soft-spoken but no pushover. “It’s a faith thing.” Jon, gentle and lacking pretensions, remembers the quarters his dad gave him to place in the offering plate. More vivid is his memory of the first check his parents would write after receiving their salaries. It was a check for the church. If, at the moment, there weren’t enough funds in the bank account, the check was saved for “when it wouldn’t bounce.” This is a powerful image for both Jon and Mandy. After Mandy began to earn money as a child, delivering newspapers, she filled out a pledge card for the church budget and gave $1.25 per week. She credits her parents and her…
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New Magazine, Theme Materials, and Companion Resource in ESC Web Store

New Magazine, Theme Materials, and Companion Resource in ESC Web Store

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Joy! grabs your attention as soon as you see the cover of the newest issue of Giving: Growing Faithful Stewards in Your Congregation. The magazine, theme materials, and  Companion Resource all focus on the theme Abundant Joy, Overflowing Generosity. Together they provide a comprehensive stewardship emphasis that will challenge and encourage church leaders and the faith communities they serve to transform their congregations through generous giving and grateful living. Magazine articles include:     Four Stewardship Preaching Strategies by Mike Graves     Transcending the Economy by Charles R. Shumate     Growing Generosity: A Study of Effective Stewardship Practices by Barbara Fullerton     Clergy and Money by Barbara Blaisdell . . .and resource reviews, and many more outstanding articles.   Again this year Giving includes a center section with an easily-adaptable model for…
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