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Michael Durall argues that annual pledge drives inadvertently perpetuate low-level and same-level giving in congregations.
The following review of the book More than Money: Portraits of Transformative Stewardship is by:
Dr. Steve Ramp
Westminster Presbyterian Church
115 N 25th Ave
Hattiesburg, MS 39401
Money Is Everything: What Jesus Said About the Spiritual Power of Money
Plain Talk is based on studies of giving and stewardship practices in 625 congregations.
Stewardship is often likened to a three-legged stool, with the three legs being time, talents, and treasures. However, I would add three more legs: body, mind, and spirit. Gifts of treasures are arguably the easiest to give---simply write a check or drop a bill into the collection plate. It is often much harder to give of ourselves---time, talent, body, mind, and spirit. However, unless we give freely of all six elements, can we really claim to understand Christian stewardship?
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