If your passion is learning about stewardship, then I would highly recommend any of the following….
by Jeff Anderson
Multnomah Books | 2012 | Hardcover
Once you see your gifts from God’s perspective, your giving will never be the same.
When she was a toddler, Jeff Anderson’s daughter opened his eyes to how delighted God is with our gifts. She brought him a plastic donut from her play kitchen, and he was surprised by the intensity of his reaction. His delight in receiving this simple gift—and his daughter’s joy in giving it—led him to dig deeper. Anderson would not rest until he found the scriptural connection between our gifts and God’s heart.
Plastic Donuts removes the awkwardness and uncertainty that often accompany discussions about giving.
Now you can think differently-and biblically-about what and how you give.Your gifts can capture God’s attention and connect you more intimately with His heart.
Plastic Donuts brings everyone—leaders and followers, teachers and learners—onto the same page.
The Freedom Initiative is a ministry of ADVISORS with Purpose, that is developing and supporting a national network of local churches and community organizations empowered and trained to see people and families in their communities set free from the burden of debt.
By joining the Freedom Initiative, a local church body or organization will be assisted to set up a Debt Freedom centre to provide free face to face debt advice to anyone in their community in need.
Debt Freedom Centres will be operated by local Christian communities and are flexible in their approach and service, reflecting the communities they serve, small or large, providing practical help and ongoing support towards debt free living.
If you are passionate about the church being the church and doing the work of the church, contact us for information on how you can support this vision and donate to the ministry.
Christians Against Poverty (CAP) Canadacapcanada.org
Serving the Poor, Saving The Lost
Christians Against Poverty (CAP), which is helping thousands of people out of personal debt in the UK, Australia and New Zealand, recently launched in Canada. CAP opened their Canadian office in March 2013 in response to numerous Canadian church leaders who have seen the need for debt counselling in their cities. Since launching, we have partnered with over 90 churches to bring our financial education and debt counselling to local communities.
‘Christians Against Poverty does a brilliant job of coming alongside us as a church to help both people in our church and people in our community develop workable budgets and address long accumulated debt. This is a ministry that knows how to help in this most important area. They do so with humility and skill. I recommend them to any church that wants to address some of the real pressures of living in the 21st Century.’
Need help with your debt?
Advisors with Purpose (AWP)Advisorswithpurpose.ca
ADVISORS with Purpose is the ministry arm of the Canadian National Christian Foundation. We exist to help Christians, minsitry organizations, churches and charities understand and practice biblical stewardship.
Charity and Ministry Organizations
Churches and Community Groups
To learn more about The Freedom Initiative, click here.
Compass Canada is pleased to announce the launch of the Canadian affiliate of Compass- finances God’s way, the international ministry founded by Howard Dayton.
Navigating Finances God’s Way – Learning God’s way to handle money through small group interaction, solid teaching and practical application. This 9 week study teaches individuals God’s perspective of managing money and possessions. It provides practical applications of handling finances, and really gets to the heart of the matter.
Money and Marriage God’s Way – Whether you’re engaged, newly married, or empty nesters-this book will help you cultivate the joy God intends for your marriage.
Your Money Counts – In Your Money Counts you will learn that the Bible has a lot to say about money. There are, in fact, over 2,350 verses that address everything you need to know about handling money.
Business God’s Way – Business God’s Way is for everyone in business-the CEO or manager of a department, small business or large, prosperous or struggling, whether the business is a start up or well established.
Compass – finances God’s way is an international, interdenominational ministry that has developed life transforming small group studies to train people of all ages to apply the financial principles from the Bible.
Our primary emphasis is on small group studies because of the life-changing transformation that can take place in a small group environment.
Compass Canada is committed to make these valuable resources available to Canadians and ensure that unique Canadian laws and resources are appropriately factored into the material.
CNCF is providing operational leadership for this important ministry.
Visit our website for more information : CompassCanada.org
Financial Peace University – Dave Ramsay.com
We all need a plan for our money. Financial Peace University (FPU) is that plan! It teaches God’s ways of handling money. Through video teaching, class discussions and interactive small group activities, FPU presents biblical, practical steps to get from where you are to where you’ve dreamed you could be. This plan will show you how to get rid of debt, manage your money, spend and save wisely, and much more!
FPU classes meet for around an hour and a half each week for nine weeks.
Register for On-line course at: http://www.daveramsey.com/fpu?ictid=lm1.chu.fpu.home
(NOTE: This is very ‘american’ in both presentation and budget forms – but works well with A-Type Driven personalities and those motivated to act on eliminated debt)
Freed-Up Financial Living – GoodSenseMovement.org
A FRESH NEW APPROACH TO BIBLICAL STEWARDSHIP TEACHING AND TRAINING:
FREED-UP FINANCIAL LIVING
The Bible is a world-class economic textbook with over 2,300 verses about our attitude and relationship to money. Clearly, our relationship to money impacts and is impacted by our relationship to God.
Enter Freed-Up Financial Living! This financial stewardship resource integrates Biblical financial principles with practical application, catalyzing spiritual transformation in participants. Grace-filled and easy to understand, Freed-Up Financial Living can make a difference in your church or organization – at a very affordable price!
What results can you expect from Freed-Up Financial Living?
Who can benefit from Freed-Up Financial Living?
We’ll send more about this revised and updated resource in a few days. In the meantime, if you have questions or would like to talk with someone associated with the Good $ense Movement, visit our Contact page or call us at (844) Freed-Up.
The Good $ense Movement Team
Healthy Money Habits for a Lifetime…
COMPASS – navigating faith and financeshttps://www.stewardshipresources.org/COMPASS
COMPASS is designed to engage young adults in conversations about faith and finance.
COMPASS is composed of three elements:
Relevant Resources that are relational, informational, and practical. Below, you will find a growing list of resources to help you map a path to faithful finances.
A Facebook Community that offers a space to ask questions and start conversations. Have a particular concern related to faith and finances? Have tips about what worked for you? Join the community and join the conversation!
A Blog that delves more deeply into the questions of faith and finances while also offering tips on how to use the resources below. With posts written by young adults and leaders in the field of stewardship, this is a place to gain new and deeper insights into the often chaotic world of faith and finances.
We want to hear from you! Have a comment or question? What resources have been most helpful? What other resources would you like to see? How does your faith inform your financial decisions? Join the conversation on the COMPASS Facebook page.
StewardshipMinistries.orgThe concept of stewardship (God’s ownership) is one of the most exciting and life-transforming concepts in the entire Bible, yet it is very poorly taught in churches and even more poorly understood among believers.
StewardshipMinistries.org contains resources for both churches and individuals including –
Stewardship Ministries is committed to helping believers understand and apply this compelling truth, transforming every area of their lives – home, careers and church. Experience the transformation!
|CHRISTIANS IN AN AGE OF WEALTH: A BIBLICAL THEOLOGY by Craig Bloomberg
Zondervan | November 18, 2013 | Trade Paperback
In this book, Craig Blomberg addresses the tough questions about the place and purpose of wealth and material possessions in a Christian’s life. He points to the goodness of wealth, as God originally designed it, but also surveys the Bible’s many warnings against making an idol out of money. So are material possessions a blessing for which we should long? And what are the dangers that the use or abuse of material possessions can produce? Blomberg expounds upon how the sharing of goods and possessions is the key safeguard against both greed and covetousness. He expands on the concept of giving generously, even sacrificially, to those who are needier, demonstrating how Christians can participate in God’s original good design for abundance and demonstrate the world-altering gospel of Christ. Is there any one key to keeping possessions in their proper, God-intended perspective? Are there limits on how rich we should become or on how poor we should allow others to get? What does a truly Christian economic system look like? How does the Bible’s teaching on wealth fit into the gospel?
|STEWARD LEADER: TRANSFORMING PEOPLEORGANIZATIONS and COMMUNITIES by R. Scott RodinIntervarsity Press | April 1, 2010 | Trade Paperback
In this book R. Scott Rodin offers a unique and profoundly theologically informed model of leadership forged out of his extensive experience and theological studies. This model is personal, dynamic and transformative for the leaders themselves, for the people they work with and for the institution or organizations in which they serve.
|A SPIRITUALITY OF FUNDRAISING by Henri J. M . Nouwen
The Henri J. M . Nouwen Spirituality Series | First Published January 31, 2011 | Original Title: The Spirituality of Fund-Raising
A succinct and powerful witness that fundraising is a form of ministry and can be a deeply spiritual experience.
|When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor and Yourselfby Steve Corbett, Brian FikkertMoody Publishing | July 1, 2009 | Trade Paperback
Churches and individual Christians typically have faulty assumptions about the causes of poverty, resulting in the us of strategies that do considerable harm to poor people and themselves. When Helping Hurts provides foundational concepts, clearly articulated general principles and relevent applications. The result ia an effective and holistic ministry to the poor, not a truncated gospel.
Managing Gods Money: A Biblical Guideby Randy Alcorn,Tyndale House Publishers | February 21, 2011 | Trade Paperback
In Managing God’s Money, Randy Alcorn breaks down exactly what the Bible has to say about how we are to handle our money and possessions in a simple, easy-to-follow format.
God cares a great deal more about our money than most of us imagine. The sheer enormity of Scripture’s teaching on this subject screams for our attention. In fact, Jesus says more about how we are to view and handle money and possessions than about any other topic—including both heaven and hell. In Managing God’s Money, Randy Alcorn breaks down exactly what the Bible has to say about how we are to handle our money and possessions in a simple, easy-to-follow format. Filled with Scripture references, Managing God’s Money is the perfect reference tool for anyone who is interested in gaining a solid biblical understanding of money, possessions, and eternity.
The 21 Day Financial Fast by Michelle SingletaryZondervan | January 13, 2014 | Trade Paperback
In The 21 Day Financial Fast, award-winning writer and The Washington Post columnist Michelle Singletary proposes a field-tested financial challenge. participants will put away their credit cards and buy only the barest essentials.
With Michelle’s guidance during this three-week financial fast, you will discover how to:
As you discover practical ways to achieve financial freedom, you’ll experience what it truly means to live a life of financial peace and prosperity.
Thousands of individuals have participated in the fast and as a result have gotten out of debt and become better managers of their money and finances. The 21-Day Financial Fast is great for earners at any income-level or stage of life, whether you are living paycheck-to-paycheck or just trying to make smarter financial choices.
30 & 40 Day Generosity Devotionals
30 & 40 DAY GENEROUS LIFE Church-Wide Campaigns
with Videos, Small Group Resources, Sermon Helps, Banners/Posters, and More
USED BY OVER 3000 CHURCHES
As low as under $3 per family!
|The Treasure Principle: Unlocking The Secret Of Joyful Givingby Randy AlcornThe Doubleday Religious Publishing Group | September 6, 2005 | Hardcover
Flip-Flop Your Concept of Giving!
Bestselling author Randy Alcorn introduced readers to a revolution in material freedom and radical generosity with the release of the original The Treasure Principle in 2001. Now the revision to the compact, perennial bestseller includes a provocative new concluding chapter depicting God asking a believer questions about his stewardship over material resources. Readers are moved from the realms of thoughtful Bible exposition into the highly personal arena of everyday life. Because when Jesus told His followers to “lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven,” He intended that they discover an astounding secret: how joyful giving brings God maximum glory and His children maximum pleasure. Discover a joy more precious than gold!
Priceless treasure is within your reach. And with it, liberating joy.
In Randy Alcorn ‘s The Treasure Principle, you’ll unearth a radical teaching of Jesus-a secret wrapped up in giving. Once you discover this secret, life will never look the same. And you won’t want it to!
|HOW TO BE RICH: IT’S NOT WHAT YOU HAVE. IT’S WHAT YOU DO WITH WHAT YOU HAVE by Andy Stanley
Zondervan | 2013 | Trade PaperbackYou probably don’t feel rich. Rich is the other guy. Rich is having more than you currently have. But you can be rich and not feel it. And that’s the problem. Andy Stanley is convinced that most of us are richer than we think. We just aren’t very good at it. It’s one thing to BE rich. Andy wants us to be GOOD at it!”How to Be Rich lays out clear principles for carrying that load, making sure your wealth remains a blessing not just for you, but for your family and community for generations to come.” —DAVE RAMSEY, New York Times bestselling author and radio show host
Your Money Counts: The Biblical Guide to Earning, Spending, Saving, Investing, Giving, and Getting Out of Debt.by Howard L. Dayton JR.,Tyndale House Publishers; Reprint edition (April 25, 2011)
With the economy reeling in the wake of the recent recession, many people are experiencing such financial challenges as credit card debt, downsizing, dead-end jobs, and inadequate or depleted savings. With these challenges come others as well. Recent studies confirm that mroe than half of all divorces are the result of financial pressures at home. And spiritually, many people are struggling to maintain a biblical perspective amidst the constant tug of materialism. But there is hope. The Bible has a lot to say about money. In fact, the Bible is a veritable blueprint for managing your fianances. In Your Money Counts, trusted financial expert Howard Dayton shows you how to manage your personal finances in a highly practical, biblically-based way.
|The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitnessby Dave RamseyThomas Nelson | December 29, 2009 | Hardcover
If you will live like no one else, later you can live like no one else.
Where Financial Peace gave you the solid saving and investing principles, this book puts those principles into practice. You”ll be exercising your financial strength every day and quickly freeing yourself of worry, stress, and debt-and that”s a beautiful feeling.
|A Revolution In Generosity: Transforming Stewards To Be Rich Toward Godby Wesley WillmerMoody Publishing | November 1, 2008 | Trade Paperback
‘Give over $100 today and get this personalized state-of-the-art fountain pen free!’
‘Become a gold sponsor and your name iwll be featured on our exclusive “wall of fame”!’
‘ Send in your donation by December 31st and enjoy the benefits of giving on your next tax return! ‘
Who hasn’t heard fundraising gimmicks like these? Or, who hasn’t used these gimmicks on others? As Wes Willmer writes, “Generosity is the natural outcome of God”s transforming work in individuals when they are conformed to the image of Christ.”
Fundraising and giving are not simply “drops in the bucket.” Capital campaigns and raising funds go deeper than the money. They are spiritual activities in becoming more like Christ. A Revolution in Generosity is a work by some of the best shcolars and practitioners on the subject of funding Christian organizations. As Willmer writes, “The foundation for realizing a revolution in generosity is understanding the biblical view of possessions, generosity, and asking for resources.” With over twenty expert contributors, this book is a must-read for organizations striving to rid themselves of secular asking practices and gain an eternal approach.
Not Your Parent’s Offering Plate: A New Vision for Financial Stewardshipby J. Clif ChristopherAbingdon Press | August 15, 2008 | Paperback
Explains why people don’t often give to churches because congregations don’t give them a compelling vision of the good it will do.
|Jesus and Money: A Guide for Times of Financial Crisisby Ben III WitheringtonBaker Publishing Group | May 1, 2012 | Trade Paperback
In the wake of a sobering global recession, many Christians realize they need to rethink their approach to money. Here respected New Testament scholar Ben Witherington III explores what the Bible does–and doesn”t–say about money. Now in paperback, this book clearly and concisely examines what Jesus and his earliest followers taught about wealth and poverty, money and debt, and tithing and sacrificial giving to help readers understand the proper role of money in modern Christian life. Along the way, he critiques the faith-promise and health-and-wealth approaches to these issues, showing what good stewardship of God”s possessions really looks like. “This book examines Scripture with diligence and intelligence, seeking the teachings of Jesus and his followers on wealth, poverty, giving, and debt. . . . For all Witherington”s scholarship, this work should nonetheless be accessible to most readers.”–Library Journal
Money and Marriage: A Complete Guide for Engaged and Newly Married Couplesby Matt BellNavPress | March 15, 2011 | Trade Paperback
Newlyweds quickly discover that money is the big deal in their new marriage. Getting on the same financial page is essential because research shows that the more frequently a couple fights about finances, the more likely they are to divorce. Financial expert Matt Bell shows you how to make the most of each other’s financial strengths, teaching you how to work together to build a solid financial future. Through a 10-step action plan, you’ll learn how to prioritize goals, get out of debt, build savings, and much more – all in a way that minimizes stress on yoru relationship and maximizes unity and balance.
|The Disease Of The Health And Wealth Gospelsby Gordon D. FeeRegent College Publishing | March 1, 2006 | Trade Paperback
Does God will that the true believer in Christ be in good physical health? Is a Christian promised good financial health by virtue of his or her faith in Christ? If the Christian does not experience these blessings, must we assume that he or she is outside the will of God? Gordon Fee provides a provocative discussion and a direct challenge to all who struggle with these issues. Perhaps no other issues more directly affect the lives of professing Christians as do the issues of health and wealth and their relationship to the will of God. In Disease of the Health & Wealth Gospels, Dr. Gordon Fee looks at the treatment of these two themes as frequently found in popular Christian teaching. Based on solid exegesis of the Scriptures, looking at each theme separately, this books suggests that there may be yet a “more excellent way” in viewing these emotionally charged issues. Gordon D. Fee is Professor Emeritus of New Testament Studies at Regent College, Vancouver, British Columbia, and an ordained minister of the Assemblies of God. Considered to be one of the foremost experts in textual criticism of the New Testament of the Bible, Dr. Fee was a member of the editorial board that composed both the New International Version (NIV) and Today”s New International Version (TNIV) translations of the Bible. He is also the author of numerous commentaries and books on biblical interpretation, including the popular introductory work How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth (co-authored with Douglas Stuart).
|Giving to God: The Bible’s Good News about Living a Generous Lifeby Mark Allan PowellEerdmans Publishing | February 2, 2006 | Trade Paperback
We all know that everything we have is a gift from God. But some-times it”s hard to know just how to give “back” to 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, “Giving to God” shows Christians the way to a better life and a better relationship both with their money and with God.Popular author and Bible scholar Mark Allan Powell presents stewardship as an act of worship, an expression of faith, and a discipline for spiritual growth. Faithful use of our time, talents, and treasures starts with a deep, satisfying relationship with the God to whom we belong. We can then learn, says Powell, to give gladly and generously out of our heartfelt connection with God.In the second half of “Giving to God” Powell applies these principles to today”s complicated world. After providing answers to practical questions about living and giving, Powell lays out a specific plan that Christians will be able to embrace as both a duty and a delight.
|Freedom Of Simplicity: Finding Harmony in a Complex Worldby Richard FosterHARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS | August 18, 2005 | Trade Paperback
A revised and updated edition of the manifesto that shows how simplicity is not merely having less stress and more leisure but an essential spiritual discipline for the health of our soul.
Enough: Discovering Joy through Simplicity and Generosityby Adam HamiltonABINGDON PRESS | 2009 | Paperback
Money has great power in our lives. Used wisely, it is one key to accomplishing our goals, providing for our needs, and fulfilling our life purpose. In recent years, many of us ignored the wisdom of the past when it came to managing and spending our money. Credit card debt soared, savings rates plummeted, and our home equity became something to be tapped into and spent rather than a source of security in retirement. We felt an insatiable desire for more. And we found ourselves spending tomorrow’s money today in order to have what we hoped would satisfy. The result of all of this was not greater happiness and satisfaction, but greater stress and anxiety.
Enough is an invitation to rediscover the Bible’s wisdom when it comes to prudent financial practices. In these pages are found the keys to experiencing contentment, overcoming fear, and discovering joy through simplicity and generosity. This book could change your life, by changing your relationship with money.
|Generous Livingby Ron BlueZondervan Publishing Company | August 28, 1997 | Trade Paperback
What do generous people know that makes them give gladly and liberally of their time, talents, wealth, and other resources? Why should you become such a personÃ¹and how can you?Financial advisor Ron Blue explains why an openhanded spirit is the key to freedom, contentment, and joy. In Generous Living, he shows what happens when you become a giver, and helps you start right where you are cultivating a generous lifestyle.Pointing you beyond guilt-induced giving, Blue shows you the true, Bible-based way to give effectively, joyfully, and wisely. YouÃ†ll gain important insights into making a will, setting up a trust and foundation, and teaching your children to give. But better still, youÃ†ll find out – why to give – how you can give – where it is best to give – when and how often to give
WORK: A Kingdom Perspective on Laborby Ben III WitheringtonBaker Publishing Group | May 1, 2012 | Trade Paperback
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. | 2011 | Paperback
Most Christians spend most of their waking hours working, yet many regard work as at best a necessary evil – just one more unfortunate by-product of humanity’s fall from grace.
Not so, says Ben Witherington III, and in Work: A Kingdom Perspective on Labor, he considers work as neither the curse nor the cure of human life but, rather, as something good that God has given us to do.
In Work: A Kingdom Perspective on Labor, brief primer on the biblical theology and ethics of work, Witherington carefully unpacks the concept of work, considering its relationship to rest, play, worship, the normal cycle of human life, and the coming Kingdom of God.
Work as calling, work as ministry, work as a way to make a living, and the notably unbiblical notion of retirement – Witherington’s Work engages these subjects and more, combining scholarly acumen with good humor, common sense, cultural awareness, and biblically based insights from Genesis to Revelation.
|Generous Justice: How God’s Grace Makes Us Justby Timothy KellerDUTTON ADULT | November 2, 2010 | Hardcover
Author of the New York Times bestseller The Reason for God and nationally renowned pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church Timothy Keller with his most provocative and illuminating message yet.
Keller”s church, founded in the eighties with fewer than one hundred congregants, is now exponentially larger. More than five thousand people regularly attend Sunday services, and another twenty-five thousand download Keller”s sermons each week. A recent profile in New York magazine described his typical sermon as “a mix of biblical scholarship, pop culture, and whatever might have caught his eye in The New York Review of Books or on Salon.com that week.” In short, Timothy Keller speaks a language that many thousands of people yearn to comprehend. In Generous Justice, he offers them a new understanding of modern justice and human rights.
|The S.A.L.T. Plan: How to Prepare for an Economic Crisis of Biblical Proportionsby Chuck BentleyCROWN Financial Ministries | 2012 | Paperback
Are you prepared for a global economic crisis? Exploring four biblical famines as epic financial events, Bentley shares his S.A.L.T. plan—practical financial and spiritual advice to turn adversity into advantage. You’ll be prepared for potential fiscal problems while being able to bless others and act as God’s preserving agent in times of trouble. Approx. 130 pages, softcover from Crown Financial Ministries.