Six Weeks on Money

Congregations, Giving, Resource Review, Workbook
In the field of stewardship education, a growing number of resources are being written and disseminated. This is a good thing. Enter Six Weeks on Money, a resource for individual or group use developed by Tim Schuster, most recently a Strategic Development Consultant for Thrivent Financial. He describes his program as a financial education program. This online resource is perhaps better described as an experience designed to help folks dig deeper into their personal money stories: how they relate to their personal financial resources. The six topics—Values, Scarcity, Agility, Integrity, Options, and Giving—are organized a bit differently from other popular financial stewardship courses, but contain all the vital components of an effective financial stewardship plan. Biblical truths serve as a foundation for all content, but the principles included are spiritual,…
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The Shepherd’s Guide through the Valley of Debt and Financial Change

The Shepherd’s Guide through the Valley of Debt and Financial Change

Leadership, Resource Review
By Flora Williams This volume, which does seem as long and big as its title, is a reference book. It deals with almost any financial question that a pastor or other counselor might meet in dealing with a parishioner or client. The author—a retired Purdue University professor, counselor, and Church of the Brethren pastor—has observed that many—perhaps most—pastors are not equipped, and do not feel equipped, to deal with financial issues when counseling. (A recent Pew Research Center survey indicates many parishioners agree). Flora Williams wants to change that. I see two reasons why some pastors might raise questions about this book. First, Williams is theologically conservative, and some paragraphs are close to preaching. Some pastors prefer to keep their theology and their financial counseling separate. But this should not…
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April News: generosity365 Academy New Workshops, Fees Waived & More

April News: generosity365 Academy New Workshops, Fees Waived & More

Former Newsletters, Newsletter
The April 25, 2020 generosity365 Academy will take place as planned via live streaming. The generosity365 Academy Planning Team has decided not to cancel the Academy, but in the spirit of innovation and stewardship of resources, proceed with the event using the remote attendance option already in place. Workshops have been adjusted to be more relevant to the current situation related to COVID-19. Marcia Shetler, Executive Director/CEO of the Ecumenical Stewardship Center, will share "Yeast, Salt, and Light: Adaptive Stewardship Ministry". Rev. Dr. Clayton Smith's workshop has been changed to a presentation on his most recent book: Growing Through Disaster: Tools for Financial and Trauma Recovery in Your Faith Community. Other workshops, including "New Channels of Giving", will be presented as previously scheduled. Along with the uncertainty about meetings and…
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