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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Money and Faith: The Search for Enough

Money and Faith: The Search for Enough

Resource Review, Simple Living, Workbook
Edited and compiled by Michael Schut, Morehouse Publishing, 2008, ISBN: 978-0-8192-2327-2 This book is crammed with mind- and heart-stretching quotes like this one from Walter Brueggemann: The central problem of our lives is that we are torn apart by the conflict between our attraction to the good news of God’s abundance and the power of our belief in scarcity—a belief that makes us greedy, mean, and unneighborly. We spend our lives trying to sort out that ambiguity. This marvelous anthology of short articles—none more than twelve pages—by theologians (e.g., Ched Meyers, Sallie McFague, Henri Nouwen) and others (e.g., Bill McKibben, Dave Barry, Lester Brown) is designed to help us answer the question, “How much is enough?” Through most of human history, “more”—that is, “growth”—has meant better. That is no longer…
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The Spirituality of Fundraising

The Spirituality of Fundraising

Fundraising, Resource Review, Workbook
by Henri J. M. Nouwen (Upper Room Ministries and the Henri Nouwen Society, 2004) This booklet is an edited transcription of a tape of an informal, heartfelt talk about fundraising. The speaker was Henri Nouwen—priest, author, and renowned professor. From the influence of Don McClanen and the Ministry of Money, Nouwen’s own view of fundraising had grown from perceiving it as a necessary evil to recognizing it as a form of ministry, ministry that builds inclusive community. He believed fundraising involves proclamation of both a vision and an opportunity to engage in mission, an invitation to do so, and spiritual conversion—for both givers and receivers. His message was grounded in his own understanding of the spirituality of relationship—relationship between donor and receiver, relationship between givers and their money, and relationship…
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Time Warped: First-Century Time Stewardship for Twenty-First-Century Living

Time Warped: First-Century Time Stewardship for Twenty-First-Century Living

Resource Review, Simple Living, Stewardship, Workbook
by Steve Ganger (Herald Press, 2004) Review by Leonard Dale, stewardship specialist for the Central States Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Steve Ganger believes that being good stewards of our time brings us closer to God. His book emphasizes holistic stewardship, which looks at the interconnectedness of relationships, money, health, talents, and time. One of the challenges for busy modern day people is the appropriate use of the time God has given. Time Warped looks at society's inclination toward busyness and offers practical steps for seeking God's wholeness. No one who keeps a schedule, has a PDA, or looks for free time in their daybook can argue with the principles Steve Ganger lifts up. Less is more, balance is normal, the tyranny of time, the real meaning of rest…
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