Effective Stewardship Communiqué

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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February 2019 - Stewardship Education vs. Fund Raising

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

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January 2019 - Tithing

Readers of the Communiqué probably know that the “Effective Stewardship” program does not emphasize tithing. In fact, tithing is not mentioned until Month #20 in the program and once more in Month #30. If a church or pastor only … Read More

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December 2018 - Doin’ and Gettin’

Zig Ziglar is a well-known, first-class motivational speaker who is one of my favorites. I always benefit from listening to him or reading his books. I especially appreciate his consistent Christian testimony and the way he weaves scriptural principles into … Read More

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November 2018 - Tenant Farmers With a Short-term Lease

Each year near the end of October, the music ministry of our church sponsors “Keyboard Praise,” a program featuring ten grand pianos and the organ. Selections include everything from Southern Gospel to classical literature. There is something on the program … Read More

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October 2018 - Grace Giving

In the adult class I teach in my church, I’ve been dealing with the theme of “grace” for several weeks. Not only is our salvation given to us by grace through faith, but all that we are and have is … Read More

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