New Context for Ministry: The Impact of the New Economy on Your Church

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With the attention to appropriate and telling details for which he is famous, Lyle Schaller begins this book by pointing out an overlapping set of changes that have taken place in American society and American churches in recent years.
First, to the traditional economic activities of gathering commodities and producing and selling goods and services, the economy has added the production and distribution of knowledge and the creation and sale of experiences. Second has been the ...

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Overview

With the attention to appropriate and telling details for which he is famous, Lyle Schaller begins this book by pointing out an overlapping set of changes that have taken place in American society and American churches in recent years.
First, to the traditional economic activities of gathering commodities and producing and selling goods and services, the economy has added the production and distribution of knowledge and the creation and sale of experiences. Second has been the rise of consumerism: an increase in the power of consumers at the expense of producers of goods and services. Third is the extraordinary number of individuals in North American society with considerable amounts of discretionary income.

What does this mean to you and your church? Simply this, says Schaller: old patterns of fund-raising and old assumptions about stewardship will no longer work.
Charitable giving today is based on a complex set of factors, including the growing opinion that it is the giver--rather than the receiving institution--that should have full and final control of how the gift is appropriated. In this informative guide to fund-raising in the new economy, Schaller helps the reader navigate through the difficulties and opportunities for churches in this new age of charitable giving.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780687065806
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2002
  • Pages: 340
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Lyle E. Schaller is the country's leading interpreter of congregational systems and their vitality. He is the author of dozens of books, including From Geography to Affinity, also published by Abingdon Press. He lives in Naperville, Illinois.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 13
Chapter 1 From Black Tuesday to Black Tuesday 21
From Radio to Television 23
The Expanded Role of Government 26
Create Your Own Future! 30
Predators and Innocent Victims 34
Tribes, Nations, Empires, and Movements 38
One Book or Two? 47
Chapter 2 When? 63
Chapter 3 The Great Debate 67
Who Should Control It? 68
The Ecclesiastical Version 72
What's the Issue Here? 73
Three Questions 76
What Is the Future of the Middlemen? 77
What Is Your Institutional Relationship? 78
Chapter 4 Values, Rules, and Denial 83
Whom Do You Trust? 85
The New Lines of Demarcation 86
How Large Is the Circle? 87
Liberal or Conservative? 88
Culture or Politics? 89
Is It Either/Or? 90
Sending Money or People? 94
Shepherds or Entrepreneurs? 94
Renew the Old or Create the New? 95
Defining Success 97
What Is the Problem? 99
Where Else Do We Encounter Denial? 101
Chapter 5 What Happened to the Dollar? 105
What Did the Tooth Fairies Teach Us? 113
How Much? 118
What Will the Dollar Buy? 121
Before or After Taxes? 123
"I Can Remember ..." 123
Chapter 6 Two New Economies 127
How Do We Isolate People? 130
Two Questions 134
Designing Tomorrow's Church 135
What Are the Options? 137
What Is the Fourth Alternative? 144
How Do We Renew Downtown? 144
What About Old First Church? 146
Children's Ministries 149
The New Fifth Economy 150
Who Will Manage Your Money? 152
Chapter 7 The New Face of Philanthropy 155
Why? 157
What's Number Two? 158
Buildings or Causes? 159
What Have They Learned? 160
What Does This Mean? 161
The Power of Performance 161
The Power of Relationships 163
The Power of Language 164
How Large Is the Pie? 164
The Birth of the Big Gorilla 166
How Many Pies Are on the Counter? 170
Why Is That Third Pie So Small? 171
Three BIG Public Policy Questions 172
How Much Is $200 Billion? 174
Chapter 8 How Many Income Streams? 177
The Old Ecclesiastical Economy 178
The Arrival of the Unified Budget 179
The Rise and Fall of Subsidies 182
That Big New Income Stream! 185
The User Fee Stream 186
How Many Streams? 187
How Many Streams for Your Church? 188
The Big Benefactor 189
Seven Questions 190
Chapter 9 How Competitive Is This New Ecclesiastical Marketplace? 193
A New Level of Competition 195
Consumerism and Higher Expectations 196
The Impact of Ecumenism 196
When Did People Stop Walking? 197
What Happened to Woolworths? 198
The Big Cutback 199
From Generalist to Specialist 200
From Teaching to Learning 202
The Impact of Marriage 202
The Competition for Time and Attention 203
Oppose or Endorse Change? 204
The Power of Tenure 205
Customer Service 207
Other Arenas of Competition 207
Chapter 10 The Impact on Congregations 213
What Are Your Assumptions? 213
Taxes to Pew Rents to Chickens to Tithes to an Endowment Fund? 215
High Cost or Low Cost? 226
How Costly Is Diversity? 228
How Do You Define Missions? 234
Why Give? 243
Who Is Looking After Grandma? 254
A Learning Center? 256
The Economy of Scale Myth 257
Another Fork in the Road 262
Stewardship Education or Raising Money? 264
What Is the Best System? 266
Chapter 11 The Impact on Denominational Systems 273
The Regional Judicatories 273
A National Perspective 282
Has That Time Arrived? 296
What Have We Learned? 302
What Are the Guidelines? 306
Chapter 12 The Impact on Parachurch Organizations 313
Five Advantages 313
The Deregulated Marketplace 315
What Are the Consequences? 316
Good News or Bad News? 318
Chapter 13 What Are the Consequences? 321
A Transfer of Influence 323
The Bar Has Been Raised! 324
Disappointment + Affluence = Litigation 326
The Fourth Economy 327
Federalism or Centralization? 327
What Will Tomorrow Bring? 330
Notes 335
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