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Overview This work by some of the best scholars and practitioners on the subject of funding Christian organizations is a must-read for organizations striving to rid themselves of secular asking practices and gain an eternal approach.
Publishers Description "Give over $100 today and get this personalized state-of-the-art fountain pen free " "Become a gold sponsor and your name wll 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 scholars 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.
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Studio: Moody Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.17" Width: 6.36" Height: 1.26" Weight: 1.6 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2008
Publisher MOODY PRESS BOOKS #13
ISBN 0802467539 ISBN13 9780802467539
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More About Wesley K. Willmer
WESLEY K. WILLMER is the former vice president of university advancement and professor at Biola University. He currently serves as senior vice president with the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA). He has been author, co-author, or editor of twenty-one books, including "A Revolution in Generosity: Transforming Stewards to Be Rich Toward God, God and Your Stuff: The Vital Link Between Your Possessions and Your Soul," and "The Prospering Parachurch: Enlarging the Boundaries of God's Kingdom." He has also contributed to many professional publications.
Wesley K. Willmer currently resides in Fullerton, in the state of California.
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Revolution in Generosity Apr 24, 2010
Revolution in generosity is a series of essays on how faith-based fundraising should be done. I think the book is essential reading for anyone who seeks to work in this area. My compliments to the writers for their excellent work.
Good but could have been better Jan 1, 2010
The book leads off with the volume's editor, Wesley K. Willmer, addressing historic fund raising methods, however much more time is spent on the theology of generosity and giving within the church and among believers in subsequent chapters.
The long term problem of the lack of generous giving by the modern Western church is heavily emphasized. There are certainly good biblical principles given in general and much to be reminded about. It is indeed a concern for the Church. However, I found Willmer's opening comments on current methodologies for fund raising highly simplistic and narrow in understanding how Christians have always appropriated sound methods to do mission and ministry (which includes funding it) and that wisdom, whether communicated through scientific modernism, sound business practice, or the Bible, is still wisdom from God.
His comments on early to mid century philanthropy are distorted as many philanthropists were believers who cared about the common good of others and lived it out. His asserts that the motivation for giving, based on current practices, is purely transactional, hence he taints fund raising terms as mostly worldly and unbiblical. I'm amazed over how Willmer can pose such a sharp dichotomy over current fund raising methods, i.e. all current methods are worldly because supposedly worldly modernist rationalist business people developed them. Other authors deride the church for the way it has borrowed secular methods to raise funds and entice people to give. While many of their concerns are certainly valid, such a strong dichotomy fails to take into consideration how wisdom may appear in different forms, even if it does not use the language of theologians.
The authors, esp. Willmer, don't appear to ask the question, what do the givers value in projects they want to give to. Often the things they value are things that are indeed biblical concerns, even if not put in theological terms. Willmer is too quick to dismiss how God may indeed be working through a new generation of givers to bring about his mission in new social and cultural contexts.
The concept of stewardship, a key concept in the book, mostly has to do with giving amounts (being more generous) and not so much on wise giving, strategic giving, how giving influences the work of mission and ministries, and how the givers are part of a covenant community. It reveals the historic propensity for the ministry to marginalize the laity when it comes to how the giver's funds are spent and indeed the injudicious use of the givers' funds on the part of the ministry. Could this have contributed to lower giving levels?
Although the book reminds us that the givers are not to be treated simply as a source of funds, somehow I still got the feeling that they were portrayed only as a source of funds in the greater scheme of mission and ministry. This is because it fails to talk about how God raises up givers to accomplish his mission through wise and thoughtful giving. It doesn't discuss how the fund raiser or "asker" may need to learn from the giver before assuming their heart needs transformation in this area. Are we to think that giving is reduced to purely an act of worship and obedience without any connection to the glory the act will bring to God in this life through wise giving?
Much time is spent on the theology of generosity and giving, but the systematics of the various contributor's theology leave us with only half or an understanding of the role of giving in the church and parachurch. Addressing the role would have given the book more balance and it could have inspired more people to give generously and wisely in fulfillment of their Romans 12:8 role in God's local and Global mission. This is the practical application of the theology of generous giving that the book lacks.
For every stewardship library Feb 13, 2009
This is a must read for everyone who wishes to study stewardship, generosity, development, and even fundraising. The comprehensive structure allows the reader to begin with the study of the scriptural basis of stewardship, and as time and situations permit, delve into other areas of focus in the book.
Each chapter and section give a different viewpoint. That is the strength of the book with 23 contributors. This is an important book for this time in our churches, parachurch ministries, and nonprofit organizations.
It should be in the library of every development office as well as churches and higher education.
Beyond Theory Jan 21, 2009
Fabulous book on developing a healthy mindset for generosity. It moves us from the transactional approach of giving to get to transformational and giving because we are generous. The work we do in the ministry of development must focus on the spiritual lives of those we serve and in developing stewardship of all of God's resources. The introduction sets the tone and the other authors supplement, build upon and bring fresh content to a needed topic. No need to fear fundraising or avoid fundraisers when the focus is on what God is doing and challenging one another to get on board with how He is moving. The chapters bring benchmarks for spiritual maturity and I highly recommend it to pastors, denom execs, church board, parachurch leaders and people who simply want to grow in this area.
Stewardship or Philanthropy? Jun 14, 2008
Wes Wilmer's call for a revolution in generosity brilliantly engages twenty two thought-leaders as contributing authors who successfully challenge readers to re-think every aspect of stewardship. Their contributions can be grouped into three core areas: 1.) the role of individual Christians as stewards of all that is God's ; 2.) the role of the church in teaching Christians to be generous stewards; and 3.) the role of Christian nonprofit organizations that solicit charitable donations. All three groups of readers are challenged to raise the bar in regard to their Biblical responsibilities. There are many thought-provoking gems tucked away in this work, not obvious based on the chapter titles. But each of these nuggets could be the basis for complete books, and are sure to challenge your thinking. A thorough reader will: * Ponder the profound impact of the mind shift from stewardship to philanthropy driven by Andrew Carnegie. * Learn about the personal path to generosity, and consider where your journey has taken you on that path. * Consider the implications of today's pastors as "reluctant stewards" of the church's human, physical and financial resources," * Focus on "generous compassionate, loving concern for those in greater need than ourselves," as the benchmark more challenging than legalistic mandates to give away certain percentages of income. * Understand the challenges of discipling the wealthy who often find it necessary to discern the motives of those who seek relationships. * Recognize the destructive outcomes of manipulation in fundraising appeals. * Find the appropriate role of governance balanced by faith as a break-through strategy. Revolution in Generosity: the title implies a promise of things to come. The content certainly deserves consideration and creates great opportunities for small group studies, of donors, church staff, and Christian nonprofit staff and boards. Hats off to Wes Wilmer and all of the contributing authors and sponsors for the Herculean effort to assemble this comprehensive reference.