Not Your Parents Offering Plate

Author: J. Clif Christopher
Publisher: Abingdon Press
ISBN: 1426723385
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Hearing a young attorney speak of the faith-based reasons for which he had just made a substantial monetary gift to a community youth center, Clif Christopher asked the speaker if he would consider making a similar contribution to the congregation of which he was an active member. "Lord no, they wouldn't know what to do with it" was the answer. That, in a nutshell, describes the problem churches are facing in their stewardship efforts, says Christopher. Unlike leading nonprofit agencies and institutions, we too often fail to convince potential givers that their gifts will have impact and significance. In this book, Christopher lays out the main reasons for this failure to capture the imagination of potential givers, including our frequent failure simply to ask. Written with the needs of pastors and stewardship teams in mind, Not Your Parents’ Offering Plate provides immediate, practical guidance to all who seek to help God’s people be better stewards of their resources.

An Introduction To Ministry

Author: Ian S. Markham
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 047067329X
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An Introduction to Ministry is a comprehensive and ecumenical introduction to the craft of ministry for ministers, pastors, and priests that make up the mainline denominations in the United States. Ecumenically-focused, It offers a grounded account of ministry, covering ï¿1⁄2areas such as vocation, congregational leadership, and cultivation of skills for an effective ministry. Covers the key components of the M.Div. curriculum, offering a map and guide to the central skills and issues in training Explores the areas of vocation, skills for ministry, and issues around congregational leadership Each topic ends with an annotated bibliography providing an indispensable gateway to further study Helps students understand both the distinctive approach of their denomination and the relationship of that approach to other mainline denominations Advocates and defends a generous understanding of the Christian tradition in its openness and commitment to broad conversation

Whose Offering Plate Is It

Author: J. Clif Christopher
Publisher: Abingdon Press
ISBN: 1426729847
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In Not Your Parents' Offering Plate, Clif Christopher challenged churches and pastors to take a lesson from the leaders of not-for-profit organizations: if you want people to give to your church, first offer them a compelling vision of the good that their giving will accomplish. The book encouraged an entire culture change for many in the Christian community in how they viewed the offering plate. It also unleashed a barrage of questions on specifically how to create this new culture while maintaining the foundations of one's faith tradition and mission. In this sequel, Christopher responds to these questions in the same forthright manner that he originally laid forth his propositions. He offers simple, strategic advice on such difficult questions as: “Exactly how do I go about gaining access to the donor records when my church has prohibited it for a hundred years?” “How do I explain a meeting with just those who are strong givers without alienating those who are not?” “How can we advocate online giving without encouraging some to abuse their credit cards?” “What should letters to different giving constituencies look like?”

Climb Higher

Author: Scott McKenzie
Publisher: Abingdon Press
ISBN: 1426714831
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Authentic Christian Stewardship arises from a clear and moving vision of a congregation's ministry priorities, and the desire to give in order to ,make those priorities a reality. McKenzie and Miller have defined the problem and presented solutions to the financial stewardship mess many of our churches find themselves in. McKenzie and Miller not only have consulted with hundreds of churches for nearly twenty years but also have been denominational and local church leaders as well. They don't just write about how to do it; they have had to do it."-J. Clif Christopher, CFRE, President of Horizons Stewardship, and author of Not Your Parents' Offering Plate and Whose Offering Plate Is It? "Climb Higher: Reaching New Heights in Giving and Discipleship is actually a guide directing leaders and disciples to a new depth of faith. Too often we think of stewardship as a code word for talking about money. McKenzie and Miller offer us the most important reminder there is: stewardship is the key to unlocking our faith and passion for living a Christian life. For anyone who has ever wondered what steps to take, this book will be a welcomed companion on the journey. Read it alone or with a group and you will be assured of reaching both new heights and a new depth of discipleship into the heart of God."-Rev. Dr. Lisa Anne Gray, Canon to the Ordinary, The Episcopal Diocese of Michigan

Laudato Si

Author: Franziskus (Papst),
Publisher: Verlag Herder GmbH
ISBN: 345180736X
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Mit großer Spannung wurde sie erwartet, auch von Nicht-Katholiken: Die Umwelt-Enzyklika von Papst Franziskus nimmt die heute entscheidenden Themen in den Blick; es geht um die geht um soziale, ökologische und politische Zusammenhänge. Wohl selten war ein päpstliches Schreiben so aktuell und brisant und vor allem relevant für alle Gesellschaftsschichten und Menschen weltweit. Mit "Laudato si" beweist Franziskus, dass die Kirche nach wie vor eine unverzichtbare Stimme im Diskurs zur Gestaltung der modernen Welt ist. Wer verstehen will, wie Papst und Kirche die großen Herausforderungen unserer Zeit bestehen wollen, kommt an diesem Werk nicht vorbei. Ein Muss für jeden, der an den drängenden Fragen unserer Zeit interessiert ist.

Rich Church Poor Church

Author: J. Clif Christopher
Publisher: Abingdon Press
ISBN: 1426765290
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Does your church have the necessary funds to do ministry? In Dr. Clif Christopher's nearly forty years in ministry as a pastor and President of Horizons Stewardship Company, he has witnessed the financial stewardship practices of thousands of churches. A few have exceptional records in acquiring and managing the necessary funds for mission and ministry, but the vast majority struggle every year to get by. In this important new work made even more relevant by our economic times, Christopher contrasts the traits of the most productive congregations with those who perennially fail to secure the funds to perform transformational ministry. Some churches practice the necessary financial habits that form the foundation of successful ministry, and others waste valuable resources and undermine ministry opportunities. Through Christopher’s insight born out of years of experience and consultation, readers can assess the financial condition of their own churches.

Wasser Hilft

Author: F. Batmanghelidj
Publisher:
ISBN: 9783932098819
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Der Name Gottes Ist Barmherzigkeit

Author: Papst Franziskus
Publisher: Kösel-Verlag
ISBN: 3641195187
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In seinem ersten Buch als Papst formuliert Franziskus das Herzstück seines Pontifikats. Für alle Gläubigen, aber auch für nachdenkende Menschen ohne konfessionelle Bindung, erläutert er die zentrale Botschaft der Barmherzigkeit – in der ihm eigenen einfachen und direkten Sprache. Dabei gibt Franziskus persönliche und bislang unbekannte Einblicke in seine Erfahrungen als Priester und erläutert seine Motive für das außerordentliche Heilige Jahr der Barmherzigkeit. Diese ist nichts Geringeres als Ausdruck für die Liebe Gottes. Eine Offenbarung für alle, die auf der Suche nach dem Sinn des Lebens sind und einen Weg des Friedens, der Besinnung und Versöhnung gehen wollen.