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Designed to assist the smaller member church and bi-vocational church in managing their finances and growing their stewardship.


  • Gary Fenton, Senior Advancement Officer, Samford University.
  • Jim Swedenburg, state missionary, director of Cooperative Program and Stewardship Development, Alabama Baptist State Convention State Board of Missions.
  • Kevin Blackwell, Assistant to the President for Church Relations, Director of Samford’s Ministry Training Institute, Samford University.


Why we are to teach and preach about giving:

  • Biblical Rationale
  • Discipleship Rational

How we teach and encourage giving in a local church

  • Understanding the task or role of leadership in relationship to stewardship.
  • Telling people to give or teaching people to give.
  • How you teach is dependent upon your theology and the tradition of your local church.
  • Understanding why people give and why they do not give. Understanding why people give and why they do not give.

Creating an environment that supports stewardship.

  • The importance of having a church approved budget. Every person has a budget in their own mind and this can be dangerous unless there is one approved budget.
  • Building a simple and understandable budget.
  • Promoting the budget.
  • How building fund campaigns and mission campaigns are different from annual stewardship emphasis.
  • Reporting the church finances in ways that provide clarity, understanding, and accountability.


Free resources to get the job done.