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Not Your Parents' Offering Plate: A New Vision for Financial Stewardship Paperback – August 1, 2008
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This book is not about the traditional biblical stewardship message of tithing (i.e., one side of the Stewardship coin). Of course, all church folks should be responding to the grace of God by returning a tenth (In case you need a reminder, go read the OT prophet book of Malachi, Chapter 3).
This book focuses on the other side of the Stewardship coin, HOW DO WE PROMOTE GIVING in the church when we COMPETE against all the thousands of other non-profit organizations asking for that same dollar traditionally given to the church.
What I like about this book is the new perspective on how to challenge people to give to the church using the good marketing techniques used by the competition. Yes, we (the leadership of the church) need to tell our people of the good things we do with the gifts (tithes and offerings) the church receives. We need to give the poeple of our congregations a reason to give their charity dollars to the church.
The book provides excellent examples of good and bad from the author's real life experiences. It also highlites what the pastor and Stewardship Committee (or Trustees) should be doing to accomplish this new marketing perspective.
I thought so highly of this book that I personally bought five additional copies for our church's Stewardship Committee and Pastor. After reading the book, you might want to consider doing the same for your leaders...
I've also spent a lot of time in church. My kids were the fifth generation of my family in our home church and I've held most lay leadership positions at some point. I've also helped a number of other churches raise or manage money.
Well, those two worlds sometimes collide and, frankly, I'm not always comfortable with the result. Truthfully, some churches do a lousy job of stewardship and it doesn't surprise me that they struggle for survival. A very wise friend suggested this book to me and I'll be forever in his debt (thanks, Jack!).
Clif Christopher explains why churches struggle financially. Not Your Parents' Offering Plate talks about the things that really matter to givers. And the amazing thing is that they aren't really secrets, anyway. The local university knows them, the United Way knows them, and the so do most of the 1.8 million nonprofits in the United States.
That's one key point. There are 1.8 million nonprofits and many of them do a grand job of fundraising. They are extraordinarily good at finding donors, presenting a vision, and offering unparalleled opportunity for donors to make a difference. Oh, and by the way, they also say a heartfelt thank you much better than most churches.
This is an easy book to read. By that, I mean you can read the whole thing in an afternoon or weekend.
But it may not be an easy message to hear. Christopher is a pastor who transitioned to a successful church fundraising consultant. My guess is that some of his words are going to make some pastors squirm.Read more ›
and I suspect their discomfort is due to the truth of what the text says about money management within a congregation. I am convinced that old ways of doing money in congregations are not working. NYPOP strongly suggests that we in congregational leadership open our eyes to the new realities we face, change our behaviors along with our attitudes and bring about the changes needed to take congregations, like the one I serve, from chronic financial anemia to financial health and vitality. I highly recommend this easily read volumn for pastors. Expect push-back upon implementation.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Christopher makes a strong point that churches are in competition for givers monies and traditionally have not pursued possible monies with the brashness that other charitable so... Read morePublished 16 hours ago by Robert D. Reece
Inspiring, makes sense. Very simple book but presents whT we need to be aware of to make our religious groups relevant and ultimately give people motivation to contribute to us.Published 2 days ago by Winnie McDonagh
With this book and the original Cliff Christopher brings into realistic reality what it takes to succeed in Christian Stewardship at the local level. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Mark Duncan
Wow! What an amazing commentary and instructional book on what we are doing wrong financially as a church. The chapter on financial reports is spot-on. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jennifer
Fresh take on giving. While my spiritual language and beliefs differ from the author's, I found it easy to interpret where needed and takeaway some gems that my Unity church board... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kristin Powell
Church leaders and ministers should read this. We've been doing it all wrong! No need to beg or lay guilt trips on people to get donations.Published 3 months ago by MariLew
Churches seem to always run lean. This book reminded me that Jesus has supplied everything our church needs. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jason Deuman