Not Just About Money
it seems so simple. We ask people to give to the church each year to support its
ongoing work. Yet
underneath this established tradition lie extraordinarily complex
theological, economic, and organizational issues.
do most churches, even in affluent areas, struggle with financial
issues? Why do some
people make significant financial commitments to their churches,
while two-thirds or more of congregants give very little?
is a comprehensive course, led by 4-5 instructors with significant
experience in philanthropy, church organization, and church
not just about money, but about how we create congregations of the
future – communities of faith that shake off
the bonds of comfort, complacency, and convenience and reach out
to serve in ever greater measure.
course will encompass a wide variety of conceptual issues about
how congregations can touch the hearts and souls of members by
helping them re-define what the “good life’ actually is; and
will also contain practical, useful, and relevant ways to address
the annual pledge drive, capital campaigns, and planned giving
Monday: A review of
terminology; individual situations and challenges facing each
class member in the area of Stewardship; overview of Christian,
Muslim and Jewish Stewardship themes. Ahmed El Hattab, an
experienced Muslim fund raising professional, and Yehezbel Landau,
a Jewish professor at Hartford Seminary will make presentations
and lead discussions.
Tuesday: Mark Dollhopf of
New Haven CT talks about the application of contemporary
stewardship themes in the global arena of denominations and large
faith based organizations. Mark is well known among Roman Catholic
Stewardship professionals and other denominational leaders.
Durall talks about contemporary congregations and the particular,
unique challenges faced by class participants. Michael is
one of America's best read authors in the area of Stewardship
practice for the congregation. Wednesday evening there will be an
informal class picnic on campus.
Thursday: Rev. Steve Perry,
an Arizona parish minister, a California business person and
religious philanthropist talks about the giver and the donor; the
Bill Hautt, founder of Focus Consultants, Inc. and Vice President
of Young Life, Colorado Springs, CO, will discuss successful
capital campaign planning and implementation. Class members
will share action plans for stewardship challenges they face in
their professional situations.
1. Review basic elements of
congregational health and stability that provide the foundation
for more effective stewardship.
2. Learn problem solving
techniques from expert stewardship practitioners representing the
spectrum of Abrahamic faith traditions.
3. Develop new models for
Stewardship applicable to specific situations represented by class
4. Reflection is continuous,
and the class is all-consuming for the participant.
1. Complete a
written survey on congregation giving, membership, stewardship
Participate in phone or email conversations with the course
instructors as they prepare relevant presentations.
one of the required texts or select another book approved by the
instructor for your written report.
4. Gather a
representative assortment of stewardship material used by your
Requirements for credit:
Either a class presentation or an
original reflective written paper of approximately 15 pages
focused on a Stewardship action plan for the participants unique
situation, and a required book report of 2-3 pages.
George. The Second
Coming of the Church. Word
The Gospel of Wealth.
Find it online at: http://xroads.virginia.edu/~DRBR/wealth.html
Chaves, Mark & Miller, Sharon. Financing American Religion.
AltaMira Press, 1999.
Durall, Michael. Beyond
the Collection Plate: Overcoming
Obstacles to Faithful Giving. Abingdon Press, 2003.
Durall, Michael. Creating
Congregations of Generous People. The Alban Institute, 2000.
Gomes, Peter. The
Good Book. (Chapter
14, The Bible and Wealth).
William Morrow and Company, 1996.
Miller, Donald. Reinventing
American Protestantism. University
of California Press. 1999.
Schaller, Lyle. 44
Ways to Increase the Financial Base of Your Congregation.
Abingdon Press, 1989.
(Still a classic)
Woolever, Cynthia. Beyond the Ordinary: Ten Strengths
of US Congregations, Westminster John Knox Press, 2004
Wuthnow. Robert. The
Crisis in the Churches: Spiritual
Malaise, Fiscal Woe. Oxford
University Press, 1997.