Dean Hoge, Patrick H. McNamara, Charles Zech
First in the series, Plain Talk tackles resistance, fears, and difficulties concerning money issues. Based on extensive research for their earlier book (Money Matters, WJL, 1996), this volume offers insight and help on the key fiscal topics confronting church leaders and congregations today, including:
Church leaders at all levels, seminarians, and adult educators will find this an important tool for understanding and engaging congregations in discussion.
“Exploding myths, revealing facts, and exploring motives for giving, Plain Talk about Churches and Money cuts through mountains of promotional literature to offer practical insight and real help for churches everywhere. From traditional tithing to megachurch technology, from free will offerings to large endowments, the authors lay bare the strategies that work and those that don't, and they explain why. Their earthy interviews with lay and clergy provide the raw stuff for a lifetime of stewardship campaigns, including the testimony of those who have been burned and those who have been transformed. This readable book should be worn out by everyone who wants to understand fund raising and to celebrate stewardship. ” —Carl S. Dudley
“Plain Talk is just that, frank conversation about the varied ways mainline churches deal with monetary stewardship. Stewardship is a big subject. Churches and money are just one part of that vastness. This is beneficial reading for pastors and lay leaders. Using data from another project, the authors make instructive and challenging comments on congregational life. What we do with money is one of the large issues facing the church, and the challenge will only grow. This book will help you understand different kinds of and calls to money management in the church now and tomorrow. Read it!” —William Chris Hobgood
Dean Hoge is professor of sociology at the Catholic University of America. He is a Presbyterian layperson with a B.D. degree from Harvard Divinity School. He is co-author of Patterns of Parish Leadership (1989) and Vanishing Boundaries: The Religion of Mainline Protestant Baby Boomers (1994).
Patrick McNamara is professor of sociology at the University of New Mexico. He is past president of the Association for the Sociology of Religion. His books include Conscience First, Tradition Second: A Study of Young Catholics (1992) and Religion American Style (1997). A forthcoming book profiles outstanding stewardship churches, both mainline Protestant and Roman Catholic.
Charles Zech is professor of economics at Villanova University. He specializes in the area of economic aspects of religious organizations, and is the author or co-author of three books, including The Mainline Church's Funding Crisis (1995), and more than fifty articles.
Alban No. AL184
paper, 138 pages
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