Giving Generously: Resourcing Local Ministry
This book is written to be useful so that churches will grow strong and healthy. It is also to help ministers and church leaders know practical steps to raise money for ministry and create a unified, joyful congregation in the...
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This book is written to be useful so that churches will grow strong and healthy. It is also to help ministers and church leaders know practical steps to raise money for ministry and create a unified, joyful congregation in the process. Rod Irvine describes four foundational principles in Chapter 1. The rest of the book then expands on those principles. While it is intended to be extremely practical, good practice in ministry must also be based on a solid foundation.Principle 1 explains the crucial role of the minister (chapter 2). Principle 2 is devoted to vision because money follows vision (chapter 3). Principle 3 lays the theological foundation for generosity and raising money. I have tried to integrate a theology of money under the practical heading of generosity (chapters 4-6). The theology is set out in this way so it can be preached and communicated easily. Principle 4 is the most practical section, explaining how to ask a congregation to support the ministry financially (chapters 7-16).
After training as a high school science teacher, Rod Irvine completed a doctorate in physics at the University of Queensland. He then studied for the Anglican ministry at Moore College Sydney and was ordained in Brisbane. For twenty years he was senior minister at Figtree Anglican Church in Wollongong, Australia. To further his leadership and help address the increasing organisational complexity of the church, he completed an MBA from the University of Wollongong. He has been married to Helen since 1971 and they have five adult children and (currently) eight grandchildren. Rod is now retired and living in Brisbane, where he spends his time researching leadership, mentoring and writing.