Stewardship Resources

Posted: Oct 28

Bibliography - Theology and Practice of Stewardship

Best Practices,Congregational Leadership

 NIV Stewardship Study Bible – discover God’s design for life, the environment, finances, generosity, and eternity. 
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Revolution in Generosity – Transforming Stewards to be Rich Toward God. Wesley K. Willmer, Editor. 2008 Moody Publishers. 
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Celebrating the Offering, Melvin Amerson & James Amerson, 2007 - Discipleship Resources. 
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Transforming Stewardship, C.K. Robertson (author), James Lemler (editor).  Church Publishing, 2009. Order online from

The Stewardship Companion – Lectionary Resources for Preaching, David N. Mosser, 2007 - Westminster John Knox Press.
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Ministry and Money, Janet T. Jamieson and Philip D. Jamieson, 2009, Westminster John Knox Press. 
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Ask, Thank, Tell: Improving Stewardship Ministry in Your Congregation by Charles R. Lane.
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 Not Your Parents’ Offering Plate: A New Vision for Financial Stewardshipby J. Clif Christopher.
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 One Minute Stewardship Sermons, 1997, by Charles Cloughen, Jr., Morehouse Publishing.
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 Sixty-Second Stewardship Sermons, (Jun 2000) by Charles Cloughen, Jr. and James Patrick Keleher, The Liturgical Press. 
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Giving to God: The Bible's Good News about Living a Generous Life, by Mark Allan Powell. (2006, Wm. B. Erdmans Publishing.) From the book’s back cover: “We all know that everything we have is a gift from God. How much is enough? What does the Bible really say? What should giving look like in our everyday lives? Filled with good news for followers of Jesus, Mark Allan Powell’s Giving to God shows Christians the way to a better life and a better relationship with their money – and with God.” “You won’t be disappointed that you invested in this wonderful resource” – Tom Gossen. Order online from

More Blessed to Give, by the Rt. Rev. John MacNaughtonOriginally published as Stewardship: Myth and Methods in 1975, reprinted as Money Is Not a Four-Letter Word, revised and updated as More Blessed to Give in 1983, this wonderful book was reissued once again in 2002. Order online.

Praying Like Jesus: The Lord’s Prayer in a Culture of Prosperity, by James Mulholland. This little book will change the way you pray The Lord’s Prayer. It will help you see that everything we do after we say “I believe” is part of stewardship. (Harper, San Francisco).  Order online from  

A Christian View of Money – Celebrating God’s Generosity, by Mark Vincent. The author offers very clean insight into stewardship as a way of life and a way of being faithful to the gifts we have been given. Herald Press. Order online from

Faith and Money: Understanding Annual Giving in the Church, by Michael D. Reeves and Jennifer Tyler (Discipleship Resources, 2003). Grounded in the gospel, Faith and Money identifies the challenges of fund development in local congregations; and guides congregations in building worthy expectations and attitudes on how to fund ministry. Order online from

Wealth as Peril and Obligation – The New Testament on Possessions, by Sondra Ely Wheeler, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. (May 1996). ASIN: 080280733X. Do you ever sit in church just before the collection plate is passed and listen to the minister try to tell you why to give? Often, a brief piece of scripture is quoted telling you how much God loves cheerful givers. You will be anything but cheerful after reading this thorough account of what the Bible actually says about wealth and possessions. This book is for people who really want to wrestle with what it means to be Christian. Read this book, and you will give up the idea entirely, or you will be haunted by its inescapable truth for the rest of your life.

The Steward Living in Covenant – A New Perspective on Old Testament Stories, by Ronald E. Vallet; Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. This is the sixth book in the Faith's Horizons series edited by Dr. Vallet. It is a companion to the earlier popular study Stepping Stones of the Steward. This resource combines powerful story telling with creative dramas and choral readings to enliven worship and Christian Education. Each chapter includes questions for reflection and suggestions for action. "The reader will discover in the chapters of this book a treatment of biblical stories that provides rich material for preaching and teaching in the life of the church. The result...should be a new sense of being part of a great cloud of witnesses, stewards living in covenant with God and neighbor." - Bruce C. Birch, Dean and Professor of Old Testament, Wesley Theological Seminary (2001). Available from the Ecumenical Stewardship Center 1-800-835-5671 $15.95 plus shipping and handling, 250 pages.

Stepping Stones of the Steward, by Ronald E. Vallet. Through the metaphor of a faith journey and using parables of Jesus and other stories, Vallet explores dimensions of Christian stewardship. The steward's journey described in the book encompasses 14 stepping stones. Questions and suggestions for individual reflection and action at the end of each chapter and two study guides for small groups make the book usable in a variety of situations. (Eerdmans, 1989) Out of print: order from Ecumenical Stewardship Center, 1100 West 42nd Street, Suite 255 - Indianapolis, Indiana 46208-3383 - Telephone: 800-835-5671 - Fax: 317-926-3521 - Email:

How Much is Enough? Harness the Power of Your Money Story - And Change Your Life, by Pamela York Klainer. Whether we are middle managers or the CEO's of our own start-ups, senior executives with stock options or the keepers of modest 401(K) accounts, our relationship to money and work defines our daily lives. Yet, most of us don't really have an honest handle on what we want from work, what we expect from money, or how the time we devote to making money relates to the rest of our lives. In How Much is Enough?, the consultant dubbed the "money shrink" by Money magazine gives us tools for improving what is often our most troubled relationship: money. "We may know that money can't buy us love, or happiness, yet many of us still can't give up the relentless - and sometimes destructive - chase. In How Much is Enough?, Pam Klainer provides us with the tools for unraveling our often complicated relationships with money so that we can move ahead, unfettered, to achieve our most important dreams." - Carrie Schwab Pomerantz, Vice-President, Consumer Education, Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. ISBN 0-465-03748-8, $26.00 (US)/$39.50 (CN). Order from

Graceful Living: Your Faith, Values and Money in Changing Times, by The Rev. Laura Dunham (2001). Graceful Living helps readers reflect on their attitudes toward money, clarify their values, and develop a comprehensive financial plan with strategies for implementation. Commissioned by the Ecumenical Stewardship Center. Available from the Ecumenical Stewardship Center 1-800-835-5671 or

Afire with God: A Spirit-ed Stewardship for a New Century, by Betsy Schwarzentraub. Schwarzentraub calls congregations to see themselves as communities of stewards, called to a dynamic, Spirit-ed stewardship of the gospel that overturns institution-oriented fundraising methods and assumptions. Designed for clergy, lay leaders, groups concerned with stewardship, church councils, administrative boards/councils, nominations and personnel committees, and conference and district offices, Afire with God helps church leaders apply the biblical foundation for stewardship in their personal lives as well as in the life of the congregation. "Afire with God is written in a manner that is easy to read and the ideas easy to grasp for stewardship 'scholars' at all levels. Seldom do we see a resource that will truly profit both pastors and lay stewardship and finance committees. This book will help leadership teams come to a practical as well as a theological understanding of stewardship and then employ the material for the benefit of their congregations." - Rev. Rick Moore, Baptist Convention of Ontario and Quebec. ISBN 0-88177-273-9.  Order online from

The Reluctant Steward Revisited (2002), Daniel Conway, Project Director. This report and commentary is the result of a study conducted by St. Meinrad School of Theology with grant support by Lilly Endowment Inc. It is subtitled Preparing Pastors for Administrative and Financial Duties. It follows an earlier study conducted by the St. Meinrad School of Theology and Christian Theological Seminary. This report provides valuable insights for pastors as well as those in leadership in seminaries and denominational offices where "stewardship education" and "leadership formation" are key responsibilities. To order send $5 (per copy) to: Saint Meinrad School of Theology, Attn: Barbara Balka, Development Office, 200 Hill Drive, St. Meinrad, IN 47577

Graceful Living: Your Faith, Values and Money in Changing Times (2001), The Rev. Laura Dunham. Graceful Living helps readers reflect on their attitudes toward money, clarify their values, and develop a comprehensive financial plan with strategies for implementation. Commissioned by the Ecumenical Stewardship Center. Available from

Responsible Purchasing for Faith Communities (2002) Center for a New American Dream. Individuals and small groups have the power to make positive changes that benefit our neighbors, ourselves and our planet. Communities of faith have an important leadership role to play on issues of environmental and social justice. This Responsible Purchasing program guide, which lists eight concrete actions as well as many tips and resources, is a tool to help communities of faith make wise choices and contribute to a healthier environment and a more equitable world. Taking even a few of these actions can make a difference in the lives of others. And, by joining with thousands of people of faith taking steps together, you'll see that you are not alone. - Betsy Taylor, Executive Director, Center for a New American Dream. Available online or call 877-68-DREAM.

Creating a Climate for Giving, by Donald W. Joiner (Cokesbury). Giving through the church is more than about money. It is about lives being changed. It is about never feeling loney or unloved. It is about helping others. It is about children and youth. It is about our personal salvation. It is about what God has done for us in Jesus Christ. Order online.

Holy Smoke! - What Ever Happened to Tithing, by J. Clif Christopher and Herb Mather (Cokesbury). The church's spiritual health and effectiveness in ministry in the next century hinge on a recovery of basic spiritual disciplines, including the discipline of tithing. / Just as the sacrifices of ancient Israel caused "holy smoke" to rise to God as a pleasing odor, so the practice of tithing can be a sacrificial offering for Christians today. When practiced faithfully over time, tithing can be an important benchmark in the Christian's journey toward the stewardship of all of life. Order online.

Basic Trek: Venture into a World of Enough, by Dave Schrock-Shenk. What is enough? Basic Trek invites us to explore that question. In thought. And in experience. A different theme is featured for each of the four weeks of this twenty-eight day journey - awaken to the journey - step out - lighten the pack - stay the course. Each day starts with a story and a Scripture passage followed by reflection questions to consider and actions to try. Also check out the key concepts and references in the appendix. All these invite us to live, reflect, and walk into a world of enough for all. - from preface. Also available - Parent Trek. Available by calling 800-759-4447, or order from

Growing Givers’ Hearts – Treating Fundrasing as Ministry, by Thomas H. Jeavons and Rebekah Burch Basinger; Jossey-Bass Publishers.  Order online from 

At Ease Discussing Money and Values in Small Groups, by John and Sylvia Ronsvalle with U. Milo Kaufmann. A very helpful book that may give you some excellent ideas about ways in which to facilitate discussions with others about money and values. (Alban Institute (800) 486-1318) Order online.

Generous Saints: Congregations Rethinking Ethics and Money, by James Hudnet-Beumler. (Alban Institute (800) 486-1318)Order online.

More than Money: Portraits of Transformative Stewardship: Money, Faith and Lifestyle Series, by Patrick H. McNamara. This book tells the stories of several congregations that have made stewardship a priority. (Alban Institute (800) 486-1318) Order online.

Plain Talk about Churches and Money, by Dean Hoge, Patrick McNamara, and Charles Zech. (Alban Institute (800) 486-1318)Order online.

The Challenge of the Disciplined Life -- Money, Sex and Power by Richard Foster (Harper Collins). Order online.

God the Economist, The Doctrine of God and Political Economy, by M. Douglas Meeks. Although Meeks is a Methodist, he understands the Eucharist as well as any Episcopalian. Although academic in tone, it is well worth reading. (Fortress Press, Minneapolis). Order from

Behind the Stained Glass Windows, by John and Sylvia Ronsvalle. This book contains an analysis of giving behavior. Now out of print – shop for used copies. (Baker Books, Grand Rapids, Michigan)

Generous People – How to Encourage Vital Stewardship, by Eugene Grimm (Edited by Herb Miller). "Stewardship is a Biblical imperative for all Christians. . . Grimm cuts through the clouds of confusion that surround this subject. His down-to-earth prescriptions (1) move us beyond the myths so prevalent in stewardship, (2) help us know how to organize, energize, and equip local stewardship leaders, and (3) enable us to see how we can effectively execute stewardship programs in churches of every size". (Herb Miller, from the Foreword). (Abingdon Press). Order from

Abingdon Guide to Funding Ministry, An innovative sourcebook for Pastors and Lay Leaders. Vol 1-3 now available on CD ROM. (Abingdon Press) Order online from