Effective Stewardship Communiqué

July 2017 - The Long and the Short of It

Most stewardship programs emphasize short-term results. With the exception of capital fund-raising drives (which can encompass a year or more), typically, most stewardship programs last only a few weeks at most.

As a result, most pastors and lay leaders are … Read More

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June 2017 - Water on a Stone

Recently, a pastor of one of the churches using the “Effective Stewardship” program told me that he viewed the program as “water on a stone.” By that he meant that he viewed the program not as a remedy for the … Read More

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May 2017 - Believing God

Hebrews 11:6 is clear in its admonition: The one who comes to God must believe that God exists and is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. In other words, as Charles Stanley ex­pressed it so well, the two … Read More

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April 2017 - Reading and Listening

The “Effective Stewardship” program consists of four parts: A bulletin “box,” a Lay Speaker Presentation, a Discussion Sheet for Sunday School Classes and Youth Groups, and a Newsletter Article. Why is such an emphasis placed on both the printed page … Read More

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March 2017 - Putting First Things First

In his interesting volume, Money, Material Possessions and Eternity, Randy Alcorn writes,

Were I the Bible’s editor, I would cut out much of what it says about money and possessions. Anyone can see it devotes a disproportionate amount of … Read More

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February 2017 - Do Your Giving While You’re Living

In March 1998, my father passed away at the age of 88. My dad became a Christian as an adult and spent the rest of his life serving the Lord in a variety of ways. His funeral service, at which … Read More

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January 2017 - The Rule of Repetition

Effective advertising and sales promotions are built upon repetition  Think for a moment about ads you have seen on TV in recent years. Walmart stresses low prices — always. Chevrolet says its trucks are built like a rock. And they … Read More

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December 2016 - The Antidote

Materialism has been running rampant since the end of World War II. Today, it has reached epidemic proportions. Definitions of materialism include “a preoccupation with or stress upon material rather than intellectual or spiritual things.”

Materialism doesn’t begin with the … Read More

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November 2016 - Great Expectations

In 1861, Charles Dickens wrote his  novel, Great Expectations, in which he revealed the corruption in mem­bers of society whose expectations centered on acquiring a fortune and being sup­ported in luxury by the labors of oth­ers. That novel was … Read More

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October 2016 - Thanks

One of the most overlooked aspects of the “Effective Stewardship” program is the opportunity it provides to express appreciation to people for their financial support of the church. This is done through “thank-you” letters to donors which are made available … Read More

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