The topic of stewardship encompasses more than money, but this panel discussion by preachers, teachers and denominational leaders focuses on the financial aspect because it is the area preachers report finding hardest to address. There are multiple reasons for this difficulty - the discussion names nearly twenty. For example, some pastors are uneasy about their own relationship with money. Others are daunted by the common complaint that “the church is always asking for money.” In response to the latter argument, panelist Ron Allen cites research that found parishioners don’t like being asked for money from the pulpit, but they do welcome sermons that convey biblical truths and offer “pastorally sensitive” guidance on money. The 109-minute session concludes with concrete steps and strategies. While addressing the issue from the pastor’s perspective, this recording could be used with a team of leaders for a conversation about individual and congregational beliefs and practices.
Reviewed by Marie F. Fleming