Generosity in quotes

“One image and symbol in particular brings together the dynamics of mission and stewardship in a fundamental way—the Eucharist table. It’s no wonder that the early Christians gathered daily around table for fellowship and the breaking of bread. It’s around the table that our physical, emotional, and spiritual needs are met. It’s to the Eucharistic […]

Generosity in quotes

“Our challenge is not stewardship — we are very good at math; we know what we can afford. We can calculate what percentage of our hard-earned money we think the church deserves or needs or can get by on. . . Rather, our challenge is about who we are — a people who are a […]

Generosity in quotes

“Grace is the presence of God in the life of the world — freely extended through the ministry of Christ to every living soul. So Christian charity becomes a ministry of sharing God’s gifts of grace. It is not a paternalistic act of giving from the abundance of those who have to those who don’t; […]

Generosity in quotes

“Because we belong to God, our time and talents belong to God all week. When accountants-who-belong-top-God help people fill out their tax returns, they are participating in God’s work of creating trustworthy economic systems. When engineers-who-belong-to-God design civic infrastructure that works, they are participating in God’s work of creating  safer and more prosperous cities. When […]

Teach your children (to give) well

I have to chuckle when non-church folks trot out as something new, a bit of wisdom that’s well-known and long-followed in religious circles. Consider for example an article from Reuters Wealth highlighting the role of parents in shaping kids as “charity champions.”    The writer’s advice to moms and dads? Generous is as generous sees. Perhaps the most important […]

Friday afternoon reflections on another week of generous matters

The following short posts highlight topics that captured my attention during the week just past. Americans have donated more than $105 million to relief and recovery efforts in Japan, three-quarters of which has gone to the American Red Cross, the Chronicle of Philanthropy reports.  Although there are indications the economy is gaining strength, America’s nonprofits are expecting 2011 to be […]

The accidental stewardship educator

In my experience, it’s the unusual newcomer to fundraising for a faith-based organization that thinks of him or herself as called to ministry. And when it comes to CEOs and boards, even fewer conceive of fundraising as a spiritual activity.  Yet many Christians report that their most intimate conversations about faith and money have been with development staff of a religiously affiliated […]