What books have you read recently about stewardship? Over the past year, I have been reading several books that I have found to be interesting and helpful.
Here are a few that I would recommend:
- Not Your Parent’s Offering Plate, by J. Clif Christopher (Revised addition: 2015)
- Giving to God, by Mark Allan Powell (2006)
- Ask, Thank, Tell, by Charles R. Lane (2006)
- Beyond the Offering Plate; A Holistic Approach to Stewardship; Editor: Adam J. Copeland (2017)
- Grateful: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks, by Diana Butler Bass (2018)
- A Spirituality of Fundraising, by Henri Nouwen (edited 2011)
Here are a few kernels I have gleaned recently, in no particular order:
- Think about and talk about your own story of money, giving and generosity – if the leader(s) in a congregation can’t or won’t talk about money, others won’t either.
- Ask: “Where have you experienced generosity?” Invite people to talk about it.
- There is a 100% correlation between “didn’t give” and “wasn’t asked.”
- Debt counseling is available as a benefit for Rostered leaders through Portico. The same debt counseling is available through LSS of MN to anyone in need. Check it out at http://www.lssmn.org/debt/ This is a free gift from LSS MN to anyone.
- Stewardship is a spiritual issue.
Please contact me if you have questions or if you think that I can be helpful to you as you work on stewardship issues in your congregation or setting.
Rev. Peggy Paugh Leuzinger