What Do I Own and What Owns Me? A Spirituality of Stewardship

What Do I Own and What Owns Me? A Spirituality of Stewardship

Resource Review, Stewardship
By Daniel Conway, Twenty-Third Publications, 2008, Third Printing Stewardship is a source of deepening spirituality and grace, says Daniel Conway, when it helps us develop a lifestyle of growth in gratitude, generosity, sharing, and responsibility. In What Do I Own and What Owns Me?, Conway sets stewardship within the context of discipleship. He prompts readers to ask themselves two fundamental questions: “What do I own?” – I can consider the three most significant spiritual gifts God has given me and also my most prized material possessions. “What owns me?” – Have I completely surrendered my life and will to God, or am I holding back? This down-to-earth book contains plenty of nuggets to ponder and apply to our way of living, including the following: The rich and the comfortable may…
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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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Biblical Stewardship: Our Duty and Delight

Biblical Stewardship: Our Duty and Delight

Biblical, Resource Review, Stewardship
With Mark Allan Powell, Select Learning This DVD, with accompanying study guide, explores stewardship from a biblical perspective, meaning all we have and hold belongs to God. It serves as an introduction of stewardship concepts for church leaders and stewardship committees and helps congregational members explore being stewards in a broad sense. The DVD’s introduction for church leaders and six sessions (each approximately twenty minutes long) feature biblical and personal stories and illustrations that bring being a steward to life. The accompanying study guide encourages participants to go deeper by reflecting on how being a steward takes shape in their daily lives. Powell’s approach to being a steward uses three principles that bring focus to congregational stewardship: focus more on living than giving—God cares how we acquire, regard, manage, and…
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Stewardship in the Small Membership Congregation

Stewardship in the Small Membership Congregation

Congregations, Resource Review, Stewardship
by Clark Hargus, Ecumenical Stewardship Center, digital version, 2012 The other day I came across an old and generous friend in a new format: the ESC digital version of Stewardship in the Small Membership Congregation. This is a resource that had given me a lot of traction in stewardship work twenty years ago. For Clark Hargus, a small membership congregation is one with an average worship attendance of less than one hundred. When this resource was first produced that might have meant that you were talking about only rural or small town congregations. That’s not the case anymore. Hargus’s basic premise is that in order “to do effective stewardship work in a small membership congregation, the activity should be Bible based, enjoyable, relational, practical and specific.” This is Stewardship 101.…
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What Do I Owe? Managing the Gifts God Gives You

What Do I Owe? Managing the Gifts God Gives You

Devotional, Resource Review, Stewardship
by Rolf Bouma Faith Alive Christian Resources, 2010, ISBN: 978-1-59255-474-4 How can we say thank you to God? Campus pastor Rolf Bouma shows how in his new 118-page devotional study guide, What Do I Owe? Managing the Gifts God Gives You. People tend to think of stewardship primarily in financial terms, but as Bouma demonstrates, money is only one of the gifts God gives us to manage. The book’s five main study themes include: “Thinking It Through,” “Stewarding Time,” “Stewarding Money,” “Stewarding Creation,” and “The Challenges of Stewardship.” What Do I Owe? can be used as a personal devotional or a group study guide. It includes five daily readings a week for five weeks. The readings correspond with five discussion guides with opening and closing activities, Bible study and reflection…
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The Star Book for Stewardship

The Star Book for Stewardship

Biblical, Leadership, Money management, Resource Review, Stewardship
by Clifford A. Jones Sr., Judson Press, 2011, ISBN: 0817016651 In a time of economic uncertainty for many local congregations comes a book that, according to its author, is “intended as a practical guide to personal and institutional stewardship.” Clifford Jones writes with clarity about ways to flesh out stewardship scripturally within the realm of pastor as preacher and teacher, pragmatically for the person in the pew, sharing practices for sound personal financial management, in worship settings with a variety of personal testimonies, and emphasizing the importance of the local church being a good steward. In this last section, space is given to understanding stewardship beyond finances to the act of advocacy on behalf of those with limited resources. This is a welcome book for any pastor looking to enhance…
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Not Your Parents’ Offering Plate: A New Vision for Financial Stewardship

Not Your Parents’ Offering Plate: A New Vision for Financial Stewardship

Congregations, Holistic, Resource Review, Stewardship
By J. Clif Christopher, Abingdon Press, 2008, ISBN-13: 9780687648535 What motivates twenty-first century people to be generous in supporting their congregations? How can congregations craft a stewardship ministry that both raises funds for the church’s mission and helps people grow spiritually? Not Your Parents’ Offering Plate offers insight into the answers to questions such as these. Christopher presents not another theology of stewardship but rather a practical guide for translating theology into action. Filled with engaging anecdotes and concrete suggestions, this book will be most useful for pastors who want to approach stewardship not as one more responsibility but as a key for helping people connect their faith and their material lives. Review by D. Michael Bennethum, director for evangelical mission/associate of the bishop for the Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod of…
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