These Stewardship resources were recommended at our recent synod event, “Spirited Generosity: Offering Vitality in the 21st Century,” produced by the Ecumenical Stewardship Center: A Network for Growing Stewards. We commend them to you as you explore what it means to be good stewards of all that God has given us. Some of the questions they will answer are: What is the meaning of offering in Christian worship and theology? What is the meaning of money in relationship to Christian theologies and rituals of offering? In our context, do outreach/missional work and discipleship practices have a larger influence on the offering/congregational giving? What is your church trying to do differently in order to stay relevant? How are cultural shifts impacting the offering of time and tithe? How are the different generations experiencing these shifts? These questions and more can be answered through these resources.
- Bolsinger, Tod. Canoeing the Mountains: Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territory. Intervarsity Press, 2018.
- Brueggeman, Walter, Interpretation: Money and Possessions. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, Louisville, Kentucky, 2016
- Gonzalez, Justo. Faith and Wealth: A History of Early Christian Ideas on the Origin, Significance, and Use of Money. Eugene, Oregon: Wipf & Stock Pub; Reprint edition, 2002
- Hudnut-Beumler, In Pursuit of the Almighty’s Dollar: a History of Money and American Protestantism. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2007
- Amerson, Melvin and Amerson, James. Celebrating the Offering. Nashville, Tennessee: Discipleship Resources, 2008.
- Basinger, Rebekah, and Jeavons, Tom, Growing Givers’ Hearts: Fundraising as Ministry. Jossey-Bass 2000.
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