Do stewardship plans have to be complex, confusing, and overwhelming to implement? No. In contrast to outdated, budget-centric stewardship models, The Gratitude Path offers you a fresh alternative: the Gratitude Campaign—a Christ-centered approach that promotes spiritual health for both donors and the church. This biblically based, no-nonsense resource will enable you to help people count their blessings and give to God out of gratitude. The five-session study includes discussion questions, samples, and a step-by-step outline for conducting a Gratitude Campaign in a church of any size or denomination.
If you have ever cringed at the thought of the annual giving campaign, this is the book for you. With practical instruction for conducting a gratitude campaign, it will not only bring about positive stewardship but may very well shift the culture of your community to walk and live that path of gratitude.
—Carolyn Scanlan-Holmes, Senior Minister, Avon Christian Church, Avon, IN
This is a practical and accessible tool for developing generous givers, and an invitation into relationship with our bounteous God.
—Bruce R. Ough, Bishop of the Minnesota Conference, UMC
Kent Millard has helped countless other pastors and congregations conduct ‘Gratitude Campaigns’ with spectacular results. With this book his plan is now available to everyone. I hope many church leaders read and follow this pathway to improved stewardship.
—Michael J. Coyner, Bishop of the Indiana Conference, UMC
This wonderful resource helps us move stewardship from fundraising to an experience of God's transforming grace.
—Rob Fuquay, Senior Pastor, St. Lukes UMC, Indianapolis, IN
The first five chapters of The Gratitude Path
are spiritually energizing, personal, and thoughtfully devotional. Pastors could preach sermons based on each one of them. Chapter six is a pivotal organizational chapter for pastors and lay leaders. Here, Millard outlines his Gratitude Campaign step by step. This is a resource that we are happy to recommend to congregations.
—Bill Enright, Senior Fellow, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Indiana University
This book demonstrates how to develop an attitude of gratitude in each facet of the local church. Every leader in our church will read this book.
—Jacob Williams, Jr., Senior Pastor, First Valparaiso UMC, Valparaiso, IN