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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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