Stewardship Resource Comparison Guide
Use this quick reference guide to studies and their subject matter. Includes information about length of study, multimedia components and more.
- Discipleship Ministries – https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/leadership-resources/stewardship, offers many user-friendly resources dealing with stewardship and generosity. Includes webinars, books, a capital campaign toolkit, and self- and leader-guided studies.
- UMC Giving – http://www.umcgiving.org is another source of good information, tools and resources local congregations can use help develop a culture of generosity among their members. Includes free connectional give resources such as The Advance and Special Sundays. The site provides downloadable materials for small groups and worship.
General Council on Finance and Administration – http://www.gcfa.org —local church resources including information on audits, real property matters and legal services.
- United Methodist Church of the Resurrection – http://www.cor.org/stewardship, stewardship resource page.
- Cokesbury – http://www.cokesbury.com, the retail division of the United Methodist Publishing House, offers church-wide stewardship programs as well as individual books and studies related to personal and corporate generosity. Visit or contact Arkansas’ Cokesbury Community Resource Consultant, Rachel Nicklas, at 501-553-8614 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Horizons Stewardship – http://www.horizons.net, led by the 2017 Annual Conference Plenary Speaker Clif Christopher, seeks to work with local congregations and leaders to help congregations reach the potential of their congregation’s call to generosity.
Lewis Center Resources
These web links are provided by permission from Leading Ideas, a free e-newsletter from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary and available at churchleadership.com.
Nate Berneking says testimonies about giving and money are powerful when done well, but disastrous when done poorly. He outlines how an interview approach to testimony can keep things focused and on track.
Preaching is a critical component within a broader strategy for stewardship ministry, says church consultant Margaret Marcuson. She provides six tips for more effective preaching on money and stewardship.
Tom Berlin, pastor of Floris UMC in Herndon, Virginia, says that for Christians to become generous, they need the help of a church that itself is generous. Congregations that embody their belief in the generosity and the abundance of God inspire those who want to be part of something bigger and do something more than they can do on their own.
We regularly sing about living lives of thankfulness. Gratitude is on our lips in some way during virtually every worship service, and then we are sent into the world to love God and neighbor, to care for the poor, and to seek justice. And then what? Well, basically life happens, and the loudest voices vie for our time, resources, and attention. Sharron Blezard shares another way.
Recommended Reading/Book Reviews
|Everything Belongs to God: Christian Stewardship by the Reverend Sophirina Sign,
Africa Ministry Series (Discipleship Resources International, 2016) 175 pagesEverything Belongs to God brings a fresh perspective to the crowded marketplace of publications on stewardship. The author brings a unique African point of view on giving, which challenges our consumptive way of life in the Global North. read more
|Love Your Life, Not Theirs: 7 Money Habits for Living the Life You Want by Rachel Cruze, Brentwood, TN
Ramsey Press, The Lampo Group, 2016, Available at CokesburyRachel Cruze has extensive experience teaching youth and adults about personal finances. She cowrote the bestselling book Smart Money Smart Kids with her father, Dave Ramsey. Cruze discusses the effects of her parents having to declare bankruptcy when she was young. She understands how it feels to struggle with money and also be grateful. Her realistic, faith based perspectives are applicable to anyone’s life. It’s exciting to see the ongoing legacy of her father’s work reflected in ways that resonate with younger generations. read more
Making Grateful Kids: The Science of Building Character by Jeffrey J. Froh and Giacomo Bono
What if adults could influence children today to become “Generation G” (“Generation Grateful”)? Jeffrey Froh and Giacomo Bono coined this term (page 228) to describe the goal of shaping the character of children to work together for a better future. They believe that gratitude is “a quality that can be learned and strengthened with practice” (8). Gratitude leads people to treat others with generosity at home, school, in their congregation, and local community. The authors’ vision of nurturing gratitude extends from families to society to the world (219-230). read more
|The Christian Wallet: Spending, Giving, and Living with a Conscience by Mike Slaughter with Karen Perry Smith
(Westminster John Knox Press, 2016)Are you “truly a follower of Jesus or just a fan”? Authors Mike Slaughter and Karen Perry Smith urge us to consider this question in a time when some Christians may have lost sight of the ideals of “costly discipleship.” Slaughter is the pastor of Ginghamsburg United Methodist Church in Tipp City, Ohio. Smith is Executive Director of Church Operations there. The Christian Wallet: Spending, Giving, and Living with a Conscience is a thoroughly researched book that balances current statistics with contemporary views of biblical wisdom on ways to “find significance or fulfillment” (p. 10). read more
Defying Gravity: Break Free from the Culture of More by Tom Berlin
Do you feel weighed down by things that you have accumulated, or struggle with a desire for more? Are you tempted by enticing images featured in targeted advertising? Do you want to be more generous in giving, but wonder how you could manage to make what feels like a sacrifice? Tom Berlin understands that growing in mature faith regarding generosity is a process. He encourages us to let go of the pursuit of our culture’s views of “the good life” in order to embrace the deeper happiness of a great life (page 100). read more