Your Relationship With Your Money

COMPASS
During May 2017, COMPASS focused on “Your Relationship with Your Money” including the live chat with Mike Little. Learn how your relationship with money influences your understanding of Christian stewardship as discipleship. Along with this chat there are blog posts by Marcia Shetler, Beryl Jantzi, Darryl Dahlheimer, and Mike Little. Monthly Blog Posts: Understanding Our Relationship With Money by Marcia Shetler What is Your Money, Debt Management, and Generosity Type? by Beryl Jantzi Money Autobiography by Darryl Dahlheimer Let’s talk about money by Mike Little COMPASS Chat Compass Chat with Mike Little May 31, 2017
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The Passionate Steward: Recovering Christian Stewardship from Secular Fundraising

The Passionate Steward: Recovering Christian Stewardship from Secular Fundraising

Resource Review, Stewardship
Michael O’Hurley-Pitts: St. Brigid Press, 2001 “Secular fundraising models… fundamentally undermine the Christian values we profess individually and communally…[Stewardship is] a matter of living out our vocation as Christians,… not grounded in…individual rights, but in the idea of gratitude for our Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer and the inherent dignity which belongs to every human being” (p. 8). O’Hurley-Pitts lists many differences between Christian stewardship and secular fundraising (pp. 59-60), but his main points are these: All gifts, whatever the size, are important. Emphasizing leadership gifts or major gifts subtly tells everyone else that they are not important. Christians give for the joy of giving, not in order to be praised. Christian donors do not have a bill of rights promising that they will be complimented. Time is our most valuable…
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Propel: Good Stewardship, Greater Generosity

Propel: Good Stewardship, Greater Generosity

Resource Review, Stewardship
Clayton Smith, Abingdon, 2015 You’ll get down-to-earth guidance in Propel: Good Stewardship, Greater Generosity. Author Clayton Smith is executive pastor of generosity at the Church of the Resurrection United Methodist Church, a vanguard in generosity ministry. This slim-but-packed book is a training and planning tool for your local church stewardship and generosity team, finance committee, and related groups. Smith says it’s crucial to focus clearly on financial stewardship. Only as people overcome their money fears can they grow in giving, experiencing it as a joyful act of worship. The first task of a stewardship and generosity team is to teach ways members can practice better financial stewardship of their own resources, says Smith. This includes how to manage their money better; eliminate personal debt and practice budgeting; and tithe, become…
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Embracing Stewardship: How to Put Stewardship at the Heart of Your Congregation’s Life

Embracing Stewardship: How to Put Stewardship at the Heart of Your Congregation’s Life

Resource Review, Stewardship
Charles R. Lane and Grace Duddy Pomroy, Embracing Stewardship LLC, 2016 Embracing Stewardship is an excellent resource encouraging the church to recapture the true meaning of not just the word but the concept of Christian stewardship. Ms. Pomroy is financial education specialist for Portico Benefit Services in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Rev. Charles Lane has served as the Director of the Center for Stewardship Leaders at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota and as Director for Stewardship Key Leader in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He currently serves as Pastor for Stewardship and Generosity at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Maple Grove, MN, and works with Kairos and Associates. The authors come at the definition from different but complementary viewpoints. Each begins with a theological perspective. The first two…
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Beyond Stewardship: A Church Guide to Generous Giving Campaigns

Beyond Stewardship: A Church Guide to Generous Giving Campaigns

Giving, Resource Review, Stewardship
John Zehring and Kate Jagger, Judson Press, 2016 Beyond Stewardship: A Church Guide to Generous Giving Campaigns is a hands-on text filled with practical advice for an extensive annual stewardship program, including financial commitments to God’s work through the church. The book gives a two-pronged approach. First, it stresses a theological emphasis on abundance instead of scarcity. Second, it uses the most fruitful practices from effective fund-raising. On the theological side, authors Zehring and Jagger prompt church leaders to shift from talking about a stewardship campaign to a “generous giving ministry” and switch from talking about the church’s needs to how the church meets people’s needs. They emphasize raising givers more than raising funds and involve a large number of people in the process. What makes this book distinctive is…
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ESC News May 2017

ESC News May 2017

General
Making the Case for Faithful Generosity In 1996, the book Money Matters: Personal Giving in American Churches was published. It shared the results of an extensive study of church giving in five diverse denominations. The study found that generous congregations encourage regular consistent giving supported by prayerful and thoughtful planning.  More than two decades later, additional research and practices have supported these findings. In the 2008 book Passing the Plate: Why Christians Don't Give Away More Money, authors Christian Smith and Michael Emerson reached the same conclusion. More May Author Chat Features Margaret Marcuson Don't miss the May Author Chat with Margaret Marcuson, featuring her book Social Media for Your Church. More May COMPASS Live Chat Features Mike Little Join Mike Little of the Faith and Money Network at the…
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Faithful Stewards are Agents of Hope

Faithful Stewards are Agents of Hope

General
Stewardship and the practice of generosity can bring great joy! In fact generosity is life-giving to both the giver and the recipient. However, it also is true that in our world and close at hand in our own neighborhoods, there are people in desperate need. So to simply proclaim God’s abundance and to say that God will provide seems intellectually dishonest. If God’s promise of provision were true, why do so many lack the essential things of life? That, of course, is where the concept of being a steward takes on its deepest meaning for our time and place. God envisions us (in fact charges us) with being the source of that provision. The world as God imagines it is one of deep and abiding community where each individual is…
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