Effective Stewardship Communiqué

December 2017 - Decorating Our Heavenly Home

In the 44 years we have been married, my wife and I have built five new homes. In retrospect, some of the decisions were rela­tively simple. Others were very time-con­suming and much more difficult. One of the more challenging areas … Read More

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November 2017 - Doing What We Don’t Want to Do

When he was head coach of the Dallas Cowboys, Tom Landry once said, “I have a job to do that is not very complicated, but it is often difficult: To get a group of men to do what they don’t … Read More

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October 2017 - That the Generation to Come Might Know. . . .

Many years ago, I began preparing tax returns for my elderly parents. Then a few years later, I began managing their investments and paying their bills for them. In spite of being on fixed, limited incomes, until the day of … Read More

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September 2017 - The Vision Thing

In retrospect, George H. W. Bush (U.S. President #41) probably did a good job as President of the United States. Although history will judge more fully his role, most people would agree that Mr. Bush kept the country on a … Read More

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August 2017 - Mindsets

A mindset is a fixed mental attitude or disposition that predetermines a person’s response to and interpretation of situations. It is also an inclination or a habit.

Mindsets can be good or bad, depending on their orientation and the situation. … Read More

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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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