Effective Stewardship Communiqué

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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October 2019 - Why We Do What We Do

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

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September 2019 - Closing the Loop

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

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August 2019 - Finding the Balance

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

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July 2019 - God Room

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

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June 2019 - The Long Haul

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

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May 2019 - Let’s Pretend

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

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May 2019 - Consistency

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

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April 2019 - Have Patience

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

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March 2019 - Total Stewardship

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

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