For more than 75 years, annual financial campaigns have been the method of choice for funding congregational ministries. Often, however, the methods used are analogous to a farmer who plows using a horse even though tractors are readily available. Times have changed!
As congregations are under increasing financial stress, the successful ones will be open to new ideas and strategies. "The Bible gives no special blessing to old methods like the annual stewardship campaign," writes Mather. "There is nothing intrinsically sacred about methods. …Whatever the method, encouragement for a life of generosity needs to enhance the spiritual development of the people of God."
Rediscover the biblical vision of stewardship of all things in all seasons and, within that, giving as a way of life. In practical and systemic ways, Mather uses wit to show how congregations can move from a "dying" system to one that thrives in stewardship and mission through…
- defining mission
- expanding leadership
- building trust
- forming new members
- revamping the offering
- telling stories in preaching
- staying in touch with key moments in the life of both the giver and congregation