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Book Review  Book Review
  • Author: Michael Durall is principal of the Common Wealth Consulting Group in Belmont, Mass. He is also publisher of the quarterly newsletter Charitable Giving.
  • Updated: 12/18/2012
  • ISBN: 1-56699-220-6
  • Copyright: Alban Institute

Michael Durall argues that annual pledge drives inadvertently perpetuate low-level and same-level giving in congregations.

Book Review  Book Review
  • Author: Patrick McNamara is emeritus professor of sociology at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, and past president of the Association for the Sociology of Religion.
  • Updated: 12/18/2012
  • ISBN: 1-56699-215-X
  • Copyright: The Alban Institute

The following review of the book More than Money: Portraits of Transformative Stewardship is by:
Dr. Steve Ramp
Senior Pastor
Westminster Presbyterian Church
115 N 25th Ave
Hattiesburg, MS 39401

Book Review  Book Review
  • Author: Herb Miller
  • Updated: 12/18/2012
  • ISBN: 0-88177-132-5
  • Copyright: Discipleship Resources

Money Is Everything: What Jesus Said About the Spiritual Power of Money

Book Review  Book Review
  • Author: Dean Hoge, Patrick H. McNamara, Charles Zech
  • Updated: 12/17/2012
  • ISBN: 1-56699-185-4
  • Copyright: Alban Institute

Plain Talk is based on studies of giving and stewardship practices in 625 congregations.

Bible Study  Bible Study
  • Author: Bradley O. Reiners, JD, CFRE, Associate Vice President for Planned Giving, Luther Seminary, Saint Paul, Minnesota, E-mail:
  • Updated: 12/17/2012
  • Copyright: Copyright ښ Bradley O. Reiners. All rights reserved. Except for brief quotations in critical articles or reviews, no part of this book may be reproduced in any manner without prior written permission. Write to: Bradley O. Reiners, Associate Vice President for Planned Giving, Luther Seminary, 2481 Como Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55109.

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?


Adam CopelandAdam Copeland serves as director of the Center for Stewardship Leaders.

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