Betsy is the author of the 2012-2016 United Methodist Guidelines book, Stewardship: Nurturing Generous Living, and also of Afire with God: Becoming Spirited Stewards.
Stewardship is a dirty word in most churches. Pastors speak about it knowing they must preach for heart change, while many of their members sit uncomfortably through the “It’s-that-time-again” sermons and appeals.
Afire with God: Becoming Spirited Stewards urges readers to become joyful stewards-in-action of all that God has entrusted to us. “Spirited stewardship” includes but also goes beyond financial giving, to all the ways we live out the Good News. This book is loaded with ideas to reinvigorate stewardship and encourage individuals and congregations in generous-hearted living.
Growing faithful stewards in your church doesn’t have to be Mission Impossible. Stewardship: Nurturing Generous Living gives leaders practical, measurable steps to build a culture of generosity and a stewardship plan for your church. This booklet identifies essential elements, the pastor’s role, a context for financial giving, and help guiding and implementing a congregation’s stewardship ministry. This book was one of the twenty-six United Methodist Guidelines that cover multiple church leadership areas.