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Build a Debt-free Church: Practical principles for financial success during tough economic times Paperback – November 19, 2010
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Not only is this book a repackaging (barely) of a poorly written doctoral project, but it is unsupported by any substantial academic research. Although the author holds a (unaccredited) Ph.D., the content is akin to that of a D.Min. project from an institution with extremely low academic standards. The author tells his own tale about leading his small rural church in Florida through a debt elimination campaign. It is filled with observation and opinion with no substantial supporting research. His debt elimination plan can be summarized as follows:
1: Start preaching the Bible.
2: Preach Biblical messages that ask for change (transformation).
3: Ask church members to tithe 10% of their income to the church.
4: Read a weekly pulpit sermonette from John Avanzini's book, "Steward Tips." (Avanzini is a prosperity word of faith preacher whose website states that all believers should be wealthy. His principle teaching is that Jesus and his followers were all extremely wealthy, and thus, extreme wealth is also God's plan for current day believers. Avanzini received a doctorate from an unaccredited seminary in Louisiana.)
5: Develop a five year church plan. (Carter presents a seven step plan to be executed over a five year term. He gave no explanation why a five year term was essential for success, or why a three of seven year plan would prove ineffective. The essence of the plan is to evangelize the lost, ask members to tithe, save money from contracted services by utilizing the skills of church member volunteers, try to grow the church through sunday school and revival outreach, and perform community missions.Read more ›