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A Core Perspective of a competent steward is to engage and critique culture
The following article is one that states that the federal debt is misunderstood. Gary Moore states:
Most everyone knows the federal debt is now twelve trillion dollars. As a percentage of our national income (GDP), that is about half what it was at the end of World War Two. And it is projected to rise to that level again during my expected lifetime, assuming our wars and spending on retired boomers continue as is. Yet when we as individuals consider whether our mortgage is burdensome or not, we usually relate that debt to the value of our home, not simply our income. And I've never found one American Christian during twenty years of asking who knows the value of our American home. Yet that number is estimated each year by the same folks who estimate our debt. It simply isn't the bad news favored by our media and politicians.
Author Gary Moore, investment, adviser and founder of the Financial Seminary, has written an article that helps us reflect on the Reformation period by highlighting a document that's meaning and intent sometimes gets forgotten. In his article, "9.5 Theses," Gary highlights some of the challenges along with the opportunities that we have when dealing with the dollar in everyday life.
Any time a congregation slips into maintenance mode, what happens? As an example, what would happen if your church leaders consistently said, "I've got to get some new members around here so that we can make sure we can pay our bills." Pretty soon the congregation would be hard pressed to hear God's guidance and the manna in the congregation would be in danger of going bad. So self-involvement leads to poor listening which leads to the manna God provides going bad.
"How can we make sure that our pledges will match our budget?"
Focus on faith response as opposed to fund raising!
Texts: Mark 6:38 and Romans 8:24
Asset Based Planning
Asset-based thinking begins with the idea that God has given us all kinds of opportunities to use our gifts for God's glory (and the glory of God's kingdom).
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