Stewardship Resource

Giving and Stewardship in the Effective Church

Book Review  Book Review
  • Author: Kennon L. Callahan, PH.D. researcher, professor and pastor. Callahan is one of today's most sought-after church consultants.
  • Updated: 07/21/2008
  • ISBN: 978-0-7879-3867-3
  • Copyright: Jossey-Bass

Recommended by Dr. Steve Ramp.

Part 1: Giving Principles. Callahan sets out 7 guiding principles.

Part 2: Six sources or doors of giving.

Part 3: Motivations for Giving.

Part 4: Understanding Stewardship for Giving.


This is an excellent study guide for clergy and lay leaders. It could also work well for an adult class (4-10 weeks). Callahan provides action worksheets following each major section of the book so people can assess where they are and make commitments to grow as stewards.

In Part 1: Giving Principles. Callahan sets out 7 guiding principles:

1. Money follows mission, always. Don't talk about money. Talk about God's mission.

2. People give to a winning cause, not to a sinking ship. We are Easter people.

3. People have a spirit of generosity.

4. People live forward to expectancies and down to expectations.

5. Who asks for the gift is a decisive factor. People are grouped by relationships, vocations, socio-economic class, geography and kinship. Relationships are the strongest marker of success.

6. People give to people, not to budgets. Givers look at three people: those being helped, those who are helping, and the people who are leaders.

7. Relax, have fun, enjoy life in Christ. Surround yourself with grace. Don't fret.

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