Effective Stewardship Communiqué

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:

“If you are going … Read More

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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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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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