The Choice: The Christ-Centered Pursuit of Kingdom Outcomes

by Gary G. Hoag, R. Scott Rodin, and others. ECFAPress, 2014.
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Congregations seeking to take a big-picture view of how success is defined and measured will benefit from the topics raised by these authors. Beginning with a contrast between “the common path” and “the Kingdom path,” this book suggests that church culture has too readily conflated American values with Christian purpose. The authors go on to propose ways to grow and develop in ministry that are shaped by the gospel and the life of the church, rather than reflective of our modern culture and cultural values. Addressing the temptations of control, idolatry, and pride, this book suggests ten marks of Christ-centered ministry, and includes a “roadmap” and other practical resources that can be applied in a congregational setting, including a guide for studying this topic in small groups as preparation for stewardship activities. This is not a “how-to” for fundraising, but instead a starting point for understanding the Christian responsibility to steward all resources using a Kingdom model.