From Scarcity to Abundance

A Complete Guide to Parish Stewardship

David M. Ponting

Mar/2006, 240 Pages, PAPERBACK, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2

ISBN-13: 9780819222480



This handbook presents a one-stop, “all-in-one” practical resource for parish stewardship practitioners. In a relaxed informal style, the author demystifies the financial stewardship process and helps clergy, stewardship committees, and parish wardens reclaim the ministry of stewardship. It’s also an excellent introduction to stewardship for leaders seminarians. Ponting uses a theological framework to tie together the complete landscape of parish financial stewardship. He incorporates personal money management, nurturing a culture of stewardship, working with limited volunteer availability, year-round stewardship programs, and using effective tools and techniques such as narrative budgets. He also provides practical guidance for planned giving programs, capital campaigns, and completing an audit of the state of stewardship ministry in a parish. From Scarcity to Abundance will help facilitate productive stewardship planning and prioritizing so that your efforts will bear fruit that will last.

David Ponting is director of stewardship and financial development for the Anglican Diocese of Niagara since 1999. Following a successful business career with mutinationa companies, he was ordained a priest in 1996. He has implemented a diocesan-wide planned giving program and spearheaded a successful capital campaign in the Diocese of Niagara, while preaching and consutling in parishes and other Canadian dioceses.

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