Here’s a brainy, challenging read from The Guardian about how economics has become a new faith — promising adherents a path to security, comfort and material salvation. Why not tackle this as a study group, sharing your own experiences of the marketplace’s hold over your soul. (Photo: epSos.de, Creative Commons)
Our planet and its resources are under enormous strain, but what ordinary folks do about it? Plenty, says Creation Justice Ministries, which created this handy list of 52 steps that we can take in our everyday lives to help. Little changes can make a HUGE difference! (Photo: Interfaith Power & Light, Creative Commons)
Make a list of taboo topics in church, and after money (of course) mental illness is pretty close to the top, says Ed Stetzer, executive director of the Billy Graham Center. Thankfully, things are changing, but there’s a long way to go. Stetzer discusses how to encourage healthy conversation in your church. (Photo: Bottled Void, […]
Should a pastor know how much people give? Some call it a “third rail” of ministry — touch it get zapped! Others say the knowledge is essential to good ministry. This United Methodist Church article discusses up the pros and cons while also lifting up ways to encourage healthy talk about money in church.
We tend to think of gratitude as a personal feeling that we can cultivate. But it’s also communal and social, says theologian Diana Butler Bass. In this Q&A from Faith & Ladership she reflects on the spiritual and ethical dimensions of the topic, described in her new book Grateful.
To get an idea of where God’s people are financially, Alyssa Quart’s well-researched book can provide insight. In his review of “Squeezed: Why Our Families Can’t Afford America,” Adam Copeland of Luther Seminary says this is a must-read for church stewardship leaders to understand the stark realities facing many of God’s people. (Photo: Stuart Pilbrow, […]
Much faster than expected, oceans are warming and sea levels are rising. This spells big trouble not only for millions who live in coastal areas, but for the planet in general. This article from The Guardian gives a good overview, as well as links to other authoritative reports. (Photo: Rambojan Iphoneography, Creative Commons,)
Too many Americans live paycheck-to-paycheck, with virtually no savings, stretched credit and precious little cushion. So even if they desire to contribute monetarily to our ministries, they may not be able to. Why not help them manage their money? These education materials from the Federal Trade Commission can help! (Photo © Chris Brignell – Fotolia.com)
Nobody said it would be easy to talk about money in the congregation, but it need not be impossible. Here, from tithe.ly.com, is a concise rundown of some of the most common mistakes when it comes to talking about money — and how to overcome them! (Photo: Tal Atlas, Creative Commons)
Don’t just preach stewardship. Research into religious giving indicates that Christian leaders should broaden the conversation and talk to people about the meaning of their life and work, says David King, the director of the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving. Nice interview from Duke Divinity School’s Faith & Leadership. (Photo © mangostock – Fotolia.com)