The Recession and Its Implications for Congregational Life

The Recession and Its Implications for Congregational Life

This resource list was developed to supplement the November 2013 workshop, The Recession and Its Implications for Congregational Life, led by Bill Enright and Aimée Laramore of the Lake Institute on Faith and Giving.

Johnson, Luke Timothy. Sharing Possessions: What Faith Demands. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2010.
Johnson endeavors to define the slippery concept of human possession - especially in relation to God's divine ownership - and to unpack the Bible's teaching on the mystery of human possessing and possessiveness. In this second edition, the reader captures 30 years of additional reflection on the subject, with expanded insights, new study questions, and an epilogue to frame this critical subject.

Christopher, J. Cliff. Not Your Parents’ Offering Plate: A New Vision for Financial Stewardship. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 2008.
Unlike leading non-profit agencies and institutions, congregational leadership too often fail to convince potential givers that their gifts will have impact and significance. In this book, Christopher lays out the main reasons for this failure to capture the imagination of potential givers, including our frequent failure simply to ask.

Kluth, Brian. You are Invited on a 40 Day Spiritual Journey to a More Generous Life. Highlands Ranch, CO: Brian Kluth Publishing, 2006.
This book will help any individual, family, group or congregation live a more joyful and generous life. The book includes 40 days of Bible readings, articles, discussion questions and weekly financial worksheet projects.

Fullwood, Valaida and Charles W. Thomas, Jr. Giving Back: A Tribute to Generations of African American Philanthropists. Winston-Salem, NC: John. F. Blair Publisher, 2011.
Giving Back lifts up seldom-celebrated traditions of giving among Americans of African descent. Rarely acknowledged as philanthropy, these centuries-old cultural customs and beliefs nevertheless continue to have an impact on lives and communities.

Insights on Faith and Giving, the Lake Institute on Faith and Giving newsletter.
The Lake Institute produces this newsletter that explores the intersection of faith and giving, with practical information and recommendations to understand the changing landscape of religious giving.