The aid organization Oxfam International recently published a report showing that the richest 1% of the population has as much wealth as the rest of the world combined. In 1889, Andrew Carnegie warned about giving alms or charity—which, in his view, too often rewarded vice—and instead pushed for the establishment of public institutions that would improve the general condition of people by providing “the ladders upon which the aspiring can rise.”
I wasn’t sure what to think, so I invited my class to debate the wisdom of using Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University curriculum in congregations. Here’s how my mind changed.
Curious about what other ministry leaders are doing with stewardship this fall? Searching for a deeper theology of stewardship? Not sure how to ask for money? Wondering, where is God in stewardship? Join Rev. Andy Kort (@andykort) and me (@ajc123) on Wednesday, Nov 11 at 9:00 p.m EST for a live twitter chat asking #whystewardship. Follow […]
The question has been nagging me for weeks: in a culture with multiple worthy options for receiving charitable gifts, how should Christians approach funding the church?
In my first few weeks directing the Center for Stewardship Leaders, it’s been fascinating to observe how often the topic of budgets comes up. Pastors, non-profit leaders, money managers, students, and others have all encouraged me, with the center’s resources, to emphasize the importance of careful budgeting. A common sub-theme of these conversations is the […]