Category Archives: Communique

July 2020 - 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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June 2020 - 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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May 2020 - 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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April 2020 - The Law of the Farm

Stephen Covey was a highly respected author and business consultant. His success was built, in part, on his ability to reduce complex issues affecting human behavior into relatively simple concepts that could be understood and then put into practice.

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March 2020 - Use As Directed

Commercials for medicinal products regularly include the message  “Use as directed.” Printed advertisements for such products state clearly: “Read and follow label directions carefully.”

That’s good advice for both medication and the “Effective Stewardship” program. The program has been designed … Read More

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February 2020 - We have nothing like this. . . .

Everywhere my associates and I go, we encounter the same re­sponse to the “Effective Stew­ardship” program: “We have nothing like this. . . .” From de­nominational officials to pastors of small and large churches, from the east coast to the … Read More

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January 2020 - Ruled by the Minority

Churches are not democracies by any means. Most have a form of government which is representative in nature. Even Baptist churches, which Jerry Clower describes as the “purist form of a democracy on earth in terms of their business meetings … Read More

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January 2020 - Living With the Tension

In his book, Money Isn’t God, John White discusses the tension between the teaching of stewardship and techniques for fund raising. He states:

“Christian leaders have a duty to teach God’s people both the responsibility and the joys of … Read More

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December 2019 - The Gardner’s Patience

A few years ago, Andy Rooney expounded on gardening in his time slot on “60 Minutes.” He described those who garden as “quiet nurturers” and as those possessing “great patience.” And then he gave this counsel:

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November 2019 - Wouldn’t It Be Great?

One of my all-time favorite commercials is one from a few years ago for Kellogg’s Raisin Bran in which a technician is trying to help three people realize that Raisin Bran not only “tastes great,” but it is also “good … Read More

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