The most vital question confronting the church in North America at the turn of the century is whether it can, in the face of the myriad distractions of modern society, remember who it is, what it is called to do, and, especially, whose it is. In this volume Ronald Vallet explores the biblical basis for stewardship, with major emphasis on God's promises and commands, to help congregations become the households of God that he intends them to be.
Vallet also discusses several church-related issues that affect the life and practices of congregations today. He deals with fantasies and fears about money in the congregation, shows the central role that authentic worship plays in focusing congregations on God, examines the proper roles of pastors and laity, and considers the prevailing concepts and practices of modern culture that can entangle today's churches. Vallet's work provides an insightful map for churches as they confront the confusing crossroads of life in our world.
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About the Author
Ronald E. Vallet is also the author of 'Steward Living in Covenant' (2001) and coauthor of 'The Mainline Church's Funding Crisis'.
Table of Contents
An Overview of the Faith's Horizons Series
Foreword, by Walter Brueggemann
Introduction: Forgetting or Remembering?
- A Biblical Base for Stewardship
- Fantasies and Fears About Money in the Congregation
- Past and Prevailing Concepts and Practices of Church Giving in North America
- The Church Caught in Modernity: A Household of Amnesia
- Characteristics and Rules of the Household of God
- Life and Work of the Congregation as a Household of God
- Worship in the Household of God
- Roles of the Pastor and Laity
- The Household of God: A Living Household
A Sermon: "Jesus: An Alternative to Bread, Circuses, and Political Power"
A Sermon: "Economic Dimensions of the Lord's Prayer"
Index of Scripture References