If you are looking for some thought-provoking reading this year, we recommend the following titles:
Good to Great and the Social Sectors by Jim Collins: This monograph explains why business thinking is not the answer for what makes non-profits succeed, and it provides you with a new way of looking at your church, its leadership and how it can become "great". By exploring what you are deeply passionate about, what drives your resource engine and what you can be the best in the world at, Collins gives churches a way to focus their energy to discover what lies at the intersection of these three "circles", which is crucial for long-term viability. Available for purchase here.
Transforming Stewardship by C.K. Robertson: For most stewardship is synonymous with pledge drives, budgets and capital campaigns, but the Bible is clear that God wants more than our tithes and offerings. This book from the Episcopal Church's Transformations series offers a vision of holistic stewardship that is integral to a church's outreach, evangelism, scripture study and ministry to newcomers. It encourages a willingness to risk changing existing structures and ideas in order to enrich the faith community and strengthen connections to the neighboring world. Available for purchase here.
The Spirituality of Fund-Raising by Henri Nouwen: The question of spiritual freedom in relationship to money is an important one in our culture today. Nouwen writes, "The question is not how to get money. Rather, the question is about our relationship with money." Pastors and lay leaders who are involved with growing more money for their churches will benefit from Nouwen's ideas about proclaiming what we believe so as to invite people to participate with us in our vision and mission. Available for purchase here.