Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.
Creating Congregations of Generous People 1st Edition
Use the Amazon App to scan ISBNs and compare prices.
Top 20 lists in Books
View the top 20 best sellers of all time, the most reviewed books of all time and some of our editors' favorite picks. Learn more
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Top Customer Reviews
According to Durall, asking for money eventually becomes routine, even tedious-but creating a congregation of generous people becomes more meaningful with passing time. The book looks at real-life congregational cases and includes guidelines for implementing Durall's member-building approaches to sustaining effective stewardship.
"`Stewardship Is Not for Sissies' could be this book's subtitle," says Mary L. Miles, Director, Annual Program Fund, Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations, Boston. "Michael Durall challenges congregations to accept their responsibility to own the stewardship process and to empower people to lead more generous lives...Drawing on examples from current stewardship literature, the practices of many faith traditions, and his own experiences, Durall explores how money is viewed in religious settings as well as how to create a climate for increased generosity and effective fundraising over the long term." Kenneth B. Smith, Senior Fellow, The Chicago Community Trust, calls it "one of the best books on stewardship" that he has read: "It should be must reading for every theological student and every pastor who approaches stewardship issues with hope for results.Read more ›
2. It's content reinforces this external promise by virtue of: A)It's organization. The first sections witness the extent of the author's on-site research of charity as practiced by many Protestant and Jewish congregations. This survey is presented in a commendably non-judgmental way. The later sections deal with the author's own experience in his leadership of fund-raising within his own Church. The wisdom derived from such experience constitute the core of his message. B) The message. Mike Durall makes a convincing case for the necessity of a personal "stewardship" that combines spirituality and financial giving into a true act of charity. Furthermore, this attainment can have a vital effect upon the development or enhancement of a donor's life style and his concept of his relationship to his neighbors in this world. C)Its literary quality. This book is highly readable owing to its clear and refined prose. D) Its reference notes and bibliography. These combine to give further evidence of the thoroughness of research performed by Mike Durall in authoring this fine book!
If you take this book seriously your stewardship committee will no longer be comprised of anyone you could talk into taking the job. Instead the fund drive committee will be the most exciting, religously challenging group in your church. This is a book that will change how you view stewardship. I only wish he'd written it ten years ago!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My husband used this while on the canvassing committee at church and found it helpful.Published 16 months ago by Leoli
Our stewardship team have used this book for inspiration and guidance with our membership during difficult times. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Honey Lady
I have been a member of the finance committee at my church for several years. I would like to make this book required reading for anyone even thinking about joining such a... Read morePublished on February 13, 2013 by Luella E. Cole
It was used to start our church on a path from responsibility to generosity based on God's generosity in our lives. Read morePublished on January 14, 2013 by R. G. MacDonald
This book has added more ammunition to my repertoire when speaking to my congregation about giving and tithing. Read morePublished on December 19, 2012 by Mattese Miller Lecque
This is an excellent book about stewardship and tithing as a spiritual practice. This book really helped shape my thinking about the difference between "fundraising" in the church... Read morePublished on August 6, 2012 by cesie
A year ago I told our minister that if I didn't have to chair the canvass that time around, I'd work on the committee and then chair it next year. Read morePublished on October 19, 2007 by Ellen Etc.
I have been deeply involved with church fundraising for about 10 years and have read all sorts of books on this topic during that time. Read morePublished on December 4, 2005 by Gail P
We are encountering change in every walk of life. Why not in the church stewardship program? Unique insight and a step-by-step process to generate a passion for giving. Read morePublished on April 30, 2000 by Gwenda Valentine