- New Consecration Sunday (a stewardship program), by Herb Miller
- Treasures of the Transformed Life, by Dr. John Ed Mathison
- Enough: Discovering Joy through Simplicity and Generosity, by Adam Hamilton
- Financial Peace University (www.daveramsey.com)
- Crown Financial Ministries (www.crown.org)
- New Focus Financial Coaching (www.newfocus.org)
- Love INC (www.loveinc.org)
- Inner City Christian Federation (www.iccf.org; serves only West Michigan)
Books and Magazines
- Not Your Parents' Offering Plate, by J. Clif Christopher
- Giving magazine; includes annual stewardship emphasis insert and resources (stewardshipresources.org; published by the Ecumenical Stewardship Center)
- The Treasure Principle Bible Study: Unlocking the Secret of Joyful Giving, by Randy Alcorn
- Freed-Up Financial Living curriculum (Willow Creek Association)
- Whose Offering Plate Is It?, by J. Clif Christopher
- Haggai & Friends: Sixty-six Perspectives on Stewardship, by Patrick McLaughlin
- dfree: Breaking Free from Financial Slavery, by DeForest B. Soaries Jr.
- The RCA is partnering with ECFA to provide ChurchEXCEL, free resources on church finance, governance, and gift administration.
- Online Stewardship Survey for Churches (barnabasfoundation.com; cost: $7 per respondent; $300 plus travel costs for consultation)
- Spiritual Gifts Inventory, by Larry Gilbert (Team Ministry)
- Grace Period (www.graceperiod.org; an alternative to high interest payday loans) Can your church start a similar program in your neighborhood?
The RCA is a member of the Barnabas Foundation. This membership gives RCA churches and organizations access to quality stewardship education resources, development programs and, from time to time, church conferences and events.
The Barnabas Foundation approaches its work with churches from a Christian perspective based on two key principles:
- Stewardship is a way of life.
- Living generously is an expression of God's love.
Stewardship of our resources recognizes and reflects God's ownership of all things. Since stewardship development and education is a core value of the Barnabas Foundation, they serve as a catalyst for churches to develop good stewards based on God's ownership of everything, our role as his managers, and our desire to use all the gifts he has given us to honor him.