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Resources for Webinar —“Preaching to Glad and Generous Hearts: Stewardship Sermons Today”

Resources for Webinar —“Preaching to Glad and Generous Hearts: Stewardship Sermons Today” by Rev. Rosanna Anderson on October 4, 2018

Books on Stewardship for Pastors

Stewardship in African-American Churches: A New Paradigm by Melvin Amerson.

Revised edition. Discipleship Resources, 2015. https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/book-review-stewardship-in-african-american-churches-a-new-paradigm (book review)

Ministry and Money: A Practical Guide for Pastors by Janet T. Jamieson and Philip D. Jamieson. Westminster John Knox Press, 2009. https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/book-review-a-practical-guide-for-pastors

Propel: Good Stewardship, Greater Generosity by Clayton L. Smith. Foreword by Adam Hamilton. Abingdon Press, 2016. https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/review-of-propel-good-stewardship-greater-generosity

Preaching and Stewardship: Proclaiming God’s Invitation to Grow by Craig A. Satterlee.
Alban Institute, 2011. https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/book-review-of-preaching-and-stewardship-satterlee

A Spirituality of Fundraising by Henri J. M. Nouwen with John S. Mogabgab, Series Editor.
Upper Room Books, 2010. https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/book-review-a-spirituality-of-fundraising-nouwen

Imagining Abundance: Fundraising, Philanthropy, and a Spiritual Call to Service by Kerry Alys Robinson. Liturgical Press, 2014. https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/book-review-imagining-abundance-robinson

The God Guarantee: Finding Freedom from the Fear of Not Having Enough by Jack Alexander, foreword by Timothy Keller. Baker Books, 2017. https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/book-review-the-god-guarantee-finding-freedom-from-the-fear-of-not-having-e

Defying Gravity: Break Free from the Culture of More by Tom Berlin. Abingdon Press, 2016. https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/book-review-defying-gravity-break-free-from-the-culture-of-more

The Generous Church: A Guide for Pastors by Tom Berlin. Abingdon Press, 2016. https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/book-review-of-the-generous-church-a-guide-for-pastors

Generosity Rising: Lead a Stewardship Revolution in Your Church by Scott McKenzie. Abingdon Press, 2016. https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/book-review-generosity-rising-lead-a-stewardship-revolution-in-your-church

Funding Ministry with Five Loaves and Two Fishes by Rosario Picardo. Abingdon Press, 2016. https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/book-review-of-funding-ministry-with-five-loaves-and-two-fishes

Stewardshift: An Economia for Congregational Change by Bob Sitze. Morehouse Publishing, 2016. https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/book-review-stewardshift-an-economia-for-congregational-change

The Gratitude Path: Leading Your Church to Generosity by Kent Millard. Abingdon Press, 2015. https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/book-review-the-gratitude-path-leading-your-church-to-generosity

The Year-End Church Giving Guide: Accelerating Your Church’s Generosity Culture Through a Successful Year-End Project by Brad Leeper and Greg Morris, Generis, 2016. https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/highlights-of-the-year-end-church-giving-guide

The Church Money Manual: Best Practices for Finance and Stewardship by J. Clif Christopher. Abingdon Press, 2014. https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/review-of-the-church-money-manual-best-practices-for-finance-and-stewardshi

Bounty: Ten Ways to Increase Giving at Your Church by Kristine Miller and Scott McKenzie.
Abingdon, 2013. https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/book-review-of-bounty-ten-ways-to-increase-giving-at-your-church

Recommended Scholarly Books

Brown, Peter. Through the Eye of a Needle: Wealth, the Fall of Rome, and the Making of Christianity in the West, 350-550 AD. Princeton University Press, 2012 (759 pages)

Brueggemann, Walter. Money and Possessions. Westminster John Knox, 2016. (319 pages)

Miller, Patrick D. Deuteronomy Commentary. Westminster John Knox Press, 1990. (253 pages)

Miller, Patrick D. The God You Have: Politics, Religion, and the First Commandment. Fortress Press, 2004. (81 pages)

Verbrugge, Verlyn D. and Keith R. Krell. Paul and Money: A Biblical and Theological Analysis of the Apostle’s Teachings and Practices. Zondervan, 2015. (312 pages)

Witherington, Ben III. Jesus and Money: A Guide for Times of Financial Crisis. Brazos Press, 2010. (192 pages)

Adult Studies for Groups

“Reimagine Generosity” the Living Generously Video Series and Study Guides. Jack Alexander and the Reimagine Group. https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/reimagine-generosity

At the Crossroads: Leadership Lessons for the Second Half of Life by Clayton Smith and Dave Wilson. Abingdon Press, 2016. https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/book-review-at-the-crossroads-leadership-lessons-for-the-second-half-of-lif

Beyond the Offering Plate: A Holistic Approach to Stewardship edited by Adam J. Copeland,
with a foreword by Dorothy C. Bass. Westminster John Knox Press, 2017. https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/book-review-beyond-the-offering-plate-a-holistic-approach-to-stewardship

Freed-Up Financial Living: How to Get There with Biblical Principles, Participant’s Workbook by Dick Towner, John Tofilon, and Shannon Plat. Good $ense Core Curriculum. Willow Creek Resources, 2008. https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/review-of-freed-up-financial-living-how-to-get-there-with-biblical-principl

Love Your Life Not Theirs: Seven Money Habits for Living the Life You Want by Rachel Cruze. Brentwood, TN: Ramsey Press, The Lampo Group, 2016. https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/book-review-of-love-your-life-not-theirs-7-money-habits-for-living-the-life

Shopping: Christian Explorations of Daily Living by Michelle A. Gonzalez in the Compass series edited by David H. Jensen. Fortress Press, 2010. https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/review-of-shopping-christian-explorations-of-daily-living

Everything Belongs to God: Christian Stewardship by the Reverend Sophirina Sign in the
Africa Ministry Series. Discipleship Resources International, 2016.


The Christian Wallet: Spending, Giving, and Living with a Conscience by Mike Slaughter with Karen Perry Smith. Westminster John Knox Press, 2016. https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/book-review-of-the-christian-wallet-slaughter

Facing Financial Struggle: 28 Days of Prayer by Wessel Bentley. Upper Room Books, 2010.


Simple Rules for Money: John Wesley on Earning, Saving, and Giving by James A. Harnish. Abingdon Press, 2009. https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/book-review-of-simple-rules-for-money-john-wesley-on-earning-saving-and-giv

The Redemption of Scrooge by Matt Rawle. Abingdon Press, 2016. https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/book-review-of-the-redemption-of-scrooge

Finding Bethlehem in the Midst of Bedlam: An Advent Study for Adults by James W. Moore with Questions, Prayer, and Focus for the Week Devotions by Pamela Dilmore. Abingdon Press, 2015. https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/book-review-of-finding-bethlehem-in-the-midst-of-bedlam

Family Generosity

Giving 2.0: Transform Your Giving and Our World by Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen. Jossey-Bass, 2012. https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/review-of-giving-2.0-transform-your-giving-and-our-world

Making Grateful Kids: The Science of Building Character by Jeffrey J. Froh and Giacomo Bono.
Templeton Press, 2014. https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/book-review-of-making-grateful-kids-the-science-of-building-character

The Year Without a Purchase: One Family’s Quest to Stop Shopping and Start Connecting by Scott Dannemiller. Westminster John Knox Press, 2015. https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/book-review-the-year-without-a-purchase

Youth Study by Mike Poteet on The Redemption of Scrooge by Matt Rawle. Abingdon Press, 2016. https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/book-review-of-the-redemption-of-scrooge

Selected Worship Resources

“Litanies for a Sermon Series on Whole-Life Stewardship” Six Prayers of Commitment for Sundays, October 22 to November 26, 2017. https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/litanies-for-a-sermon-series-on-whole-life-stewardship

Offertory Prayers for Sundays (Lectionary Years A, B, C) by Rosanna Anderson

2018: January, February, March, April, May

2017 all 12 months

2016 all 12 months

2015: January, April, May, July, August, October, November, December

2014 December

“Prayer for Illumination” Finding Our Way: Devotions for People in New Places booklet, The Upper Room, translated into ten languages, November 2107


Articles on Generosity

Anderson, Rosanna. “Nurturing Courageously Generous Youth,” Giving Magazine, Ecumenical Stewardship Center, Issue 20, January 2018 https://stewardshipresources.org/product/giving-growing-joyful-stewards-in-your-congregation-volume-20-digital/

Anderson, Rosanna. “How to Talk to Your Congregation About Giving,” UM Communications, December 2017 http://www.umcom.org/learn/how-to-talk-to-your-congregation-about-giving

Rosanna Anderson quoted in “Gratitude Begins with Simple Practices,” UMC Interpreter Magazine, Gratitude 2017 and “Let the Children Give,” UMC Interpreter Magazine Joyfully Grateful 2016, http://www.interpretermagazine.org

“The World Thank Offering of United Methodist Women,” https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/the-world-thank-offering

“Giving for New Life,” Support Ministries for People with HIV/AIDS through The Advance for Christ, UMC Global Mission, https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/giving-for-new-life

“It’s Time for Fish Banks!” Prepare for the One Great Hour of Sharing Offering, https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/its-time-for-fish-banks

“Flat Wesleys Inspire Generous Discipleship,” Children’s Ministry at Mountain View UMC in Kingsport, TN, https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/flat-wesleys-inspire-generous-discipleship

“Tithing Flows from Prayer,” Romans 12: We Who Are Many Are One Body in Christ, Issue 259, First United Methodist Church of Enderlin, North Dakota, December 10, 2015, https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/tithing-flows-from-prayer-romans-12-issue-259

“Youth Prayer Ministry at Collierville UMC,” Romans 12: We Who Are Many Are One Body in Christ, Issue 231, on Collierville, TN, May 29, 2015,


Selected Webinars on Stewardship

“Stewardship Education: Learning to Live Generously,” August 11, 2016

Are you looking for ways to incorporate stewardship principles and practices in your ministry with children, youth and adults? Rosanna Anderson presents a curated collection of current resources to encourage generosity across the generations. Discover tools to help your church draw closer together to talk about shared values and be inspired to reach out to neighbors as disciples of Christ.


“Intergenerational Approaches for Stewardship,” October 6, 2015

Every year churches around the connection plan and implement their stewardship campaigns. Often children and youth are left out of these conversations and resulting ministries. This interactive webinar takes a look at how stewardship can be done with the entire faith community. Rosanna Anderson, Associate Director of Stewardship Ministries, shares her experience and insight into creating an intergenerational stewardship ministry. Join us as we discover how all of God’s children can share their gifts and talents, giving to and benefiting the kingdom of God.


“A Different Kind of Christmas: Helping People Find a More Meaningful Way,” Nov. 15, 2016

Every year the extravagant expense of showering gifts on ourselves and our families at Christmas leaves many people with the question, “How does this celebrate the gift of God in Jesus?” How closely does the kind of Christmas celebrated by the members of your church family reflect the celebration of Jesus, whose heart and compassion were always directed to the least, the lost, and the loveless? Join Ken Sloane and Rosanna Anderson as they discuss how you might help your people celebrate a different kind of Christmas.


“Funding Ministry with Five Loaves and Two Fishes,” September 7, 2017

Are you looking for new ways to financially support your church’s ministry? Rosanna Anderson is joined by the Rev. Rosario Picardo, a church planter who serves as executive pastor of New Church Development at Ginghamsburg United Methodist Church in Tipp City, Ohio. He will share ideas from his book published by Abingdon in 2016. Pastors and leaders in stewardship and finance will engage in questions to prompt creative thinking and hear about innovative methods that are working in different contexts. You may discover resources and potential that can bear fruit when placed in the Lord’s hands.