Rich Church, Poor Church: Keys to Effective Financial Ministry

by J. Clif Christopher. Abingdon Press, 2012.
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From his experience as a church growth and fundraising consultant, this author clarifies the issues that make stewardship so challenging in modern times. The first chapter’s discussion of the reasons why people give provides the framework for probing issues related to giving. Contrary to general definitions of rich and poor, in this context rich means healthy and poor means sick. The next nine chapters examine issues related to mission, vision, financial stewardship, and other practices which lead to faithful discipleship. The author cleverly frames these chapters by starting with a chart of rich church/poor church characteristics related to each issue. Each chapter ends with questions to ponder that can lead to honest assessments and action. Churches looking to seriously examine their philosophy and practice of stewardship will find that this source is frankly engaging, yet easy to use.