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RESOURCES

Lindahl Consultants has found the following books and resources valuable in approaching the theology and practice of giving.

ONLINE RESOURCES  (links to come soon)

  • Ecumenical Stewardship Center
    A network for growing stewards
  • The Center on Philanthropy, Indiana University
    Increasing the understanding of philanthropy and improving its practice.
  • Lake Institute on Faith and Giving at The Center on Philanthropy
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  • Share Save Spend
    Financial Sanity resources help faith communities convene money conversations.
  • Soul of Money Institute
    Serves individuals and organizations to create freedom, power and sufficiency in their relationship with money.
  • Women’s Perspective
    Provides transformational education for women seeking to understand their spiritual and economic power.
  • Faith and Money Network
    Equips people to explore the many aspects of their relationship with money within the grounding of their faith.
  • UCC Local Church Planned Giving Manual
    An excellent resource to assist churches in establishing a Planned Giving program, now available section by section on the Web.

BIBLIOGRAPHY 

Asking: A 59-Minute Guide to Everything Board Members, Volunteers, and Staff Must know to Secure the Gift by Jerald Panas, Emerson & Church Publishers, 2009. One of many practical and insightful books by Panas.

Sacred Economics; Money, Gift & Society in the Age of Transition by Charles Eisenstein. Evolver Editions, North Atlantic Books, 2011. “This brilliant and beautifully written book is a must-read for all those who believe our economic system is terminally sick and in need of radical, sacred overhaul.” Andres Harvey. A thick book but well worth the time to read it. It could change your life!

Lost and Found by Geneen Roth, a Plume Book, 2012. This New York Times best-selling author chronicles her experience after she and her husband lost their life-savings in the Bernie Madoff scandal. “Roth invites us into the socially uncomfortable discussion of money with ease and aplomb.” Kirkus Reviews. A great choice for a book discussion group!

Passing the Plate; Why American Christians Don’t Give Away More Money by Christian Smith and Michael O. Emerson, Oxford University Press, 2008. “With clarity and empirical precision [the authors] have tackled one of the thorniest aspects of American Christians’ behavior. I hope church leaders will read this fine book and find ways to incorporate its insights into their thinking about church finances.” Robert Wuthnow

Ministry and Money; A Guide for Clergy and Their Friends by Dan Hotchkiss, Alban Institute, 2002. Personal, profound and practical! Dan Hotchkiss tackles one of the most difficult issues for people of faith in today’s world: money in th elife of clergy and congregations.

Stewardship for Vital Congregations by Anthony B. Robinson, The Pilgrim Press, 2011. This is the definitive resources for lay leaders, clergypersons and members of your congregation’s stewardship program. Each chapter includes strategies and “how-to’s” relating to money and giving; questions for reflection, discussion and action.

Ask, Thank, Tell by Charles R. Lane, Augsburg Fortress Press, 2006. A straight-forward stewardship guide with biblically grounded practical advice for pastors and stewardship leaders which, if followed, would transform the church.

Whose Offering Plate Is It? New Strategies for Financial Stewardship by J. Clif Christopher. Abington Press. “In this sequel to his best-selling book [below] Christopher answers real life questions about money and the church. You can trust what you read in this book.”

Not Your Parent’s Offering Plate: a New Vision for Financial Stewardship by Clif Christopher. Abington Press. “Christopher knows what we must increasingly come to realize, that stewardship is a window to the soul of our people.” “This concise book will be a great guide for local church finance and stewardship teams. Why not find ways to thrive rather than merely survive?”

Giving and Stewardship in an Effective Church: a Guide for Every Member By Kennon L. Callahan. Harper San Francisco, 1992. Still one of the best guides to effective stewardship, if only for the description of the 5 major motivations for church giving in Chapter 9.

At Ease. Discussing Money and Values in Small Groups by John and Sylvia Ronsvalle, Alban Institute. This small book covers the foundations of what makes for good groups, and through a series of questions for group discussion, helps us uncover ways we think, behave and believe about money. If you want a committee, team, task group or small group to wrestle with monetary values in a wholistic and healing way, this is a wonderful tool.

Growing Givers’ Hearts: Treating Fundraising as Ministry, by Thomas H. Jeavons and Rebekah Burch Basinger, John Wiley and Sons, 2000. Fundraisers in Christian organizations will find extraordinary insights.

Enough: Discovering Joy Through Simplicity and Generosity by Adam Hamilton, Abingdon Press, 2009. This book is an invitation to rediscover the Bible’s wisdom on prudent financial practices. It could change your life by changing your relationship with money.

Money isnt/IS Everything. What Jesus said about the Spiritual Power of Money by Herb Miller, Discipleship Resources publication. Written for laypersons, each of the six chapters uses a mixture of biblical concepts, humor, illustrative stories, spiritual insights, and reflection/discussion questions. The book is valuable as a short term discussion resource for groups to use prior to or during stewardship or capital campaigns in local churches.

Speaking About Money; Reducing the Tension by Mark L. Vincent, Herald Press. A wonderful resource for every congregation. The basic premise is that giving is first an act of worship. And yet, so often it is reduced to nothing more than meeting the annual church budget. The many insights of this book nurture a kind of generosity that grows out of worshipful trust in God.

Giving – the Sacred Art. Creating a Lifestyle of Generosity by Lauren Tyler Wright. Skylight Paths Publications. “A bountiful resource for anyone interested in nurturing a lifestyle of charity and justice, as well as joy and discipline in response to God’s own spirit of generosity. Offers plentiful treasures from many faith traditions, practical wisdom and questions that will challenge the reader to think and act afresh about God’s abundance and the art of Giving.” John Wimmer, program director, Religion Division, Lilly Endowment, Inc.

Giving to God: the Bible’s Good News about Living a Generous Life by Mark Allan Powell, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2006. Powell presents stewardship as an act of worship, an expression of faith and a discipline for spiritual growth. Informative, concise, and eminently practical (including discussion questions) Giving to God gives us resources for best using the treasures, material and otherwise, that God has given us.

Graceful Living: Your Faith, Values and Money in Changing Times by Laura Dunham. Commissioned by the Ecumenical Stewardship Center, 2001. The author is a Presbyterian minister and a Certified Financial Planner who has counseled hundreds of individuals and organizations on the wise use of financial resources. She develops a biblical base for the faithful use of money and invites readers to make lifestyle choices based on their faith and values.

Living with Money: an Ecumenical Adult Education Course for Congregations, Morehouse Publishing, Episcopal Media Center. This resource consists of four video programs featuring nationally known money experts who explore issues around money. It shines the light of faith on the taboo subject of money, helping participants develop a balanced, wholesome, rewarding “money life.”

The Soul of Money: Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Life by Lynne Twist, W.W. Norton & Company, 2003. “Lynne Twist has a remarkable ability to cast spiritual light on the subject of money. This book is a true gift.” “It will change the way you think about money.”

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