Giving and Stewardship in an Effective Church: A Guide for Every Member


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by Kennon L. Callahan. Jossey-Bass, 1997.

"Two things are true of congregations," writes Kennon Callahan in this classic book on stewardship. "Congregations never have enough money.” And “Congregations have all the money they really need for God's mission." This is how he introduces the key to establishing a strong financial foundation within a church. This book provides pastors and congregational leaders a practical, four year plan of how to grow and develop giving and stewardship within a local congregation-complete with action worksheets. Kennon draws from four decades of consulting congregations from a spectrum of denominations. He helps readers recognize the essential connection between mission and money and describes the principles, possibilities and motivations for giving. “Money follows mission, not the reverse. This is a shorthand way of saying that the stronger the congregation's relational [person-centered] characteristics, the easier it is to raise money.” Pastors and leaders who are looking for a comprehensive guide to giving and stewardship, as well as practical action steps to develop a giving culture in their church will find this book a prize.

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