Category Archives: Communique
Recently, I was asked to meet with two of the pastors and the board chair of a church in a nearby city. They wanted to talk about capital fund raising. I went to this meeting both out of curiosity and … Read More
Jack Carney was an impresario who held forth each weekday morning on radio station KMOX in St. Louis. With a format now common on other stations, he talked, interviewed, held court, advertised products, and reminisced in a manner similar to … Read More
A recent advertisement by a leading seminary pictured stacks of money and piles of coins under the heading, “It’s put more Christians at stake than Nero.” The ad went on to state, “Throughout history, countless Christians have fallen victim to … Read More
Bob Pierce was the founder of World Vision and later developed Samaritan’s Purse, an organization now headed by Franklin Graham, son of evangelist Billy Graham. In his book, Rebel With a Cause, Franklin Graham describes some instruction he received from … Read More
I’ve always been an aficionado of trucks. Ever since I can remember, I’ve liked trucks. Even today in my office, numerous trucks (including some which I had as a small boy) are scattered among the books.
Most larger trucks are … Read More
Pretend for a moment that you are a financial counselor. You have been asked to give advice and insight to an elderly woman whose husband passed away several years ago.
In the course of your meeting, you learn that this … Read More
Someone wrote, “Consistency is either a ‘jewel’ or the hobgoblin of little minds.”
In other words, consistency can be an action which is of great value or it can become a tyrannical obsession which dictates and determines what we should … Read More
When a church enters into the “Effective Stewardship” program, we try through a variety of means to communicate the message that the program is not a “quick fix” to a church’s long-term financial problems. Even in a church which is … Read More
Total stewardship is much more than money, material possessions or giving. As the old adage puts it so well, “Total stewardship consists of the three ‘Ts’ — time, talent and treasure.”
Time, talent and treasure do work together to comprise … Read More
As readers of the Communiqué know, there is a vast difference between stewardship education and fund raising. “Effective Stewardship: Building on Biblical Principles” is the former, i.e., it is designed to provide a systematic program of stewardship education and training. … Read More