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Teaching Stewardship


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  Douglas John Hall, a theologian and author, says that stewardship is a biblical metaphor that has come of age. In the past two centuries, this idea has become largely jaded because of its abuse and misuse. The era of Protestant missions in the 19th century utilized stewardship to raise money for mission work. If you review literatures about stewardship in the past century, you will find that it talks about finances, church budgets and related money matters. But according to…

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FUNDRAISING

Fundraising Fatigue?

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Fundraising Fatigue

Is there really such a thing as fundraising or donor fatigue? Marc Pitman of FundraisingCoach.com explained why donor fatigue is a myth. “I don’t know of any donors who are tired of giving to causes that they value, they are passionate about, they are excited to be involved in,” Pitman said. “I know plenty of donors who are being fatigued of being crappily asked.” I agree with Pitman that donor fatigue is a myth or as some would say, an excuse.…

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The Furnace of Trials

  It’s easy to be a Christian when things are going smoothly. It’s easy to praise the Lord when all is well and everybody is happy. It’s easy to praise the Lord when there’s plenty of food on the table and when no one in the family is sick. However, the real test of our Christianity happens during the most difficult times and situations – those times when we are left with nothing but faith. Have you ever wondered why…

Related: Five Lessons from the Parable of the Talents

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What does the Bible Teach about Stewardship?

  Everything we have is God’s. Our talents, skills, money, business, material possessions, our time and everything in our care come from God. We are His stewards entrusted with all of these. As Christians, we have a responsibility to be good overseers of whatever is in our hands. Pondering on this truth, Christians must develop the right mindset towards business finances and earthly possessions. If you stop and think about it, if all your business investment actually belongs to God,…

Related: Five Lessons from the Parable of the Talents

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Transformational vs. Transactional Fundraising

How is Christian fundraising different from secular fundraising? Is there a difference or do we employ the same methods and tactics that secular fundraisers use? Some of you may have attended seminars and conferences sponsored by Christian groups or you may have read books and articles written by Christians. You may have noticed that there is not much difference in terms of strategies and methods between secular and Christian fundraising. It is only during the past ten years do we…

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Money Lessons on the Parable of the Prodigal Son

This story has been retold in different ways and has been used to spread the “Gospel of Love” everywhere. In Luke 15:11-31, a rebellious son decides to leave his family and waste all his inheritance on worthless things. When he didn’t have anything to eat anymore, he realizes his wrongdoing and comes back to his father who welcomes him with open arms. He says in Luke 15:21 (NIV), “Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no…

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Going Beyond Tithing : The Call for Radical Generosity

  We’ve covered a lot of arguments both for and against tithing in our discourse on the topic of giving. One thing we have clearly established is that a Christian’s money and possessions cannot be separated from his pursuit of and obedience to God. Randy Alcorn, a popular American author and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries, a non-profit Christian organization, writes: “Fifteen percent of everything Jesus said is related to money and possessions. Our Lord made more reference to money…

Related: What Malachi Says About Tithing

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Common Fundraising Mistakes

  Scott Rodin, in his book, The Seven Deadly Sins of Christian Fundraising, lists these seven deadly sins in fundraising: being unprepared for the battle; self-reliance over spirit reliance; money over ministry; unwillingness to invest the time; decision without discernment; activity without accountability; and stealing the glory. He summarizes the seven deadly sins this way: Plan and prepare seriously for the battle and commit never to go into your work without being spiritually-prepared. Cultivate a spirit of trust and dependence…

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Is He the Lord of your money too

We always declare that Jesus is Lord but many times forget what it means to make Him Lord over our lives. We make Him Master of our families, careers, and health but when it comes to other things such as our money and wealth, we call the shots and we take control. The Lordship of Christ is an all or nothing deal. We either make Him Lord of all or not at all. Are we making Him Lord of our…

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LIVE GENEROUSLY

Poverty: A Spiritual Issue

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Poverty: A Spiritual Issue

  Poverty is a pervading issue that plague millions of people around the world. It involves a labyrinth of issues usually linked with bad economies, scant finances, and scarce resources. In 2000, world leaders resolved to eradicate all forms of poverty in the world by 2015. It was manifested in the Millennium Development Goals that many nations pledged to achieve. Targets were made and millions of dollars were funnelled through development programs aimed at lifting people out of poverty and…

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