You can’t judge a book by its cover so please have a look inside. The first chapter lays down the four foundational principles that govern wise, godly, raising of money in your church. Once you have grasped the four principles and are able to apply them, you are on your way to creating a well-resourced generous congregation.

 Rod Irvine is a retired Anglican clergyman who spent 20 years as Rector of a wonderful Anglican church at Figtree in Wollongong. When he went there he had very little idea of how to lead a parish ministry and had to learn on the job. How to raise resources and encourage generous giving was one of many things he needed to learn. This book is about that journey.



     This book is about Raising Resources for Local Church Ministry. But it contains much more because raising money involves leadership, vision, prayer and healthy ministry. If you are a local church minister or elder who desires your church to be healthy and fruitful, this book is for you. It contains a wealth of material that will help your church be one where the congregation gives generously and loves doing it.

     This section contains a range of articles and tips about raising resources and leading ministry in the local church . I have been privileged to give a number of seminars on the topic and am asked many questions about putting the ideas into practice. I use this section to answer questions, to emphasise ideas from the book and to engage with new material. In talking with others I am constantly learning and wish to share that information.

    about the book

    This book is called ‘Giving Generously: Resourcing Local Church Ministry. The title combines two important features. The first is generosity. This is a constant theme in the bible. God commands his people to use money wisely, to avoid money’s temptations and to use wealth to promote ministry and bless others. Thus a book on giving money in churches needs deep biblical roots. This book seeks to rest on those foundations.

     Secondly, churches actually need to raise money for ministry. This involves asking the congregation for support. This can be a daunting prospect. Both ministers and congregations hope the funding problem will go away. Congregations hope that ministers ask for money sensitively, generally only when necessary. But most ministers are not trained for resourcing the local church. Ministers hope that the treasurer will do it. However treasurers can be good at keeping the accounts but don’t want to be ‘fund raisers’.

     So in practice nobody takes much responsibility. Churches limp along until there is a financial crisis and then have a desperation appeal or cut costs or sell valuable assets. The aim of this book is to show that raising resources for ministry is not fundraising. Rather it is an exciting opportunity to grow disciples by raising faith, casting vision and creating vital, healthy ministry.  

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    About Rod Irvine

    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. During his time at Figtree the general offertory increased seven fold. In addition several million dollars were raised for a new auditorium and other ministry projects.
    He has been married to Helen since 1971 and they enjoy spending time with five adult children and their families, including ten grandchildren. Rod is now retired and living in Brisbane, where he researches leadership, coaches emerging leaders, reads widely, plays internet chess and loves walking with Helen.



    Raising money for ministry isn’t about ‘fund raising’, cake stalls lamington drives or fetes. It is about raising peoples’ faith and hope in Christ, casting an engaging vision for your church and asking confidently and graciously. Almost as soon as I became a minister of a church I was confronted with the need to resource the ministry but I had no idea what to do. After many years I stumbled across helpful ideas. Have a look inside to get a taste. .