Going Digital With Your Stewardship Campaign

Going Digital With Your Stewardship Campaign

General
Communicating electronically is crucial, even if your church doesn’t do so on a regular basis. Hundreds of thousands of Canadian and US congregations have websites. People of all ages have access to laptops, tablets, and smart phones to receive personalized information about the world. Whatever the purpose, “there’s an app for that.” Even the most print-oriented grandparents e-mail their grandchildren, and once-stodgy businesses now use e-mails as part of the backbone of their communications. 500 million people use Facebook, half of them logging in every day. Facebook and e-mails are most popular among Baby Boomers (people born between 1946 and 1964) in the US and Canada, the same persons who dominate church leadership in North American congregations. Pinterest attracts more than four million unique daily visitors who are overwhelmingly between…
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Money Sanity Solutions: Linking Money & Meaning

Money Sanity Solutions: Linking Money & Meaning

Money management, Resource Review
Nathan Dungan, Share Save Spend, 2010 When it comes to money, families often go silent out of fear or a sense of taboo or else yell in rancor, born of financial anxiety and family conflict. So how do children learn healthy money habits from age five on up? And how can congregations help shape wise financial values and practices in the families they serve? In Money Sanity Solutions: Linking Money & Meaning, Nathan Dungan presents a gold mine of interactive conversation starters and activities for families to help them build healthy conversations and habits for dealing with money. In addition to using a DVD, this resource is chock full of discussion questions, exercises, and proposed interviews, set in a user-friendly workbook format. In the section entitled “Money Sanity Basics,” Dungan…
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Free: Spending Your Time and Your Money on What Matters Most

Free: Spending Your Time and Your Money on What Matters Most

Resource Review, Simple Living
Mark Scandrette, InterVarsity Press, 2013 Free: Spending Your Time and Your Money on What Matters Most is a refreshing mix of theory and practice, filled with stories from the experience of the author and his family without saying everybody has to answer the questions or to live in the same way. Scandrette notes his hopes for the readers of the book: take steps to become free to spend time and money on what matters most. Based on three core beliefs—that we were created to seek the greater good of God’s kingdom, that we have enough, and that we can make intentional choices about how we spend our time and money, the book’s chapters include practical and thought-provoking exercises, tasks, and experiments, including: naming what matters most to you; valuing and…
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Earth Trek: Celebrating and Sustaining God’s Creation

Earth Trek: Celebrating and Sustaining God’s Creation

Creation Care, Resource Review
Joanne Moyer, Herald Press, 2004 Earth Trek: Celebrating and Sustaining God’s Creation is a multifaceted gem that offers a variety of practices that care for the earth. Based on the seven days of creation in Genesis 1, the book explores different aspects of the natural world, how they are being threatened, and what people are doing to protect them. Emphasizing celebration and creative actions rather than guilt and statistics, it offers actions that individuals, families, and congregations can take to live sustainably with the resources and creatures God has entrusted to us. This book uses diverse media, from poetry to brief summaries of our biological situation and consumer habits. Each of the seven days of creation includes four sections. “Earth Connection” examines how an aspect of creation is being threatened…
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Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces That Keep Us Apart

Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces That Keep Us Apart

Data-driven, Resource Review
Christena Cleveland. Intervarsity Press, 2013 Jesus calls us to treat our sisters and brothers in Christ with love and respect. But as we all know, the reality is that we are quick to judge others and point out the “right Christians” and the “wrong Christians.” In Disunity in Christ, Christena Cleveland, a social psychologist who teaches at St. Catherine University, uses her professional experience to explain why it is natural for us to group people into categories and why these actions don’t reflect the way Jesus wants us to live. Throughout the book, Cleveland incorporates personal examples to gently show us how we all fall short in accepting people we think are different from us. She shows us why, even as we want to become one body of Christ, it…
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