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When I started raising resources for ministry and asked people to pledge over the next twelve months, I had no idea what to expect. Would everybody sign a commitment card? Would nobody sign a commitment card? Would people be angry? Would they leave? Would the commitments hold up through the year? Would they taper off? Could we plan ahead on the basis of the commitments? Chapter 12 discusses such issues.
This book is a personal journey. When I began ministry as an Anglican curate, I very soon found myself preaching on money. My Rector had been very bold and daring and had hired me without and real money in the kitty. So I very soon found myself ‘singing for my supper’. I really had no idea what to do and remember looking up joke books about churches and money. The congregation was a small in size but big in heart and they gave sufficient funds to support my position.
Some years later I was the leader (Rector) of a church, Figtree Anglican. I found that in a very few months they had an annual Gift Day for extra money for ministry projects and I was to lead it!!!! I hadn’t learned all that much in the intervening years so again it was swallow hard, pray fervently and have a go! The book tells of my learning curve in raising resources for ministry and growing a happy healthy congregation.
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