The Reluctant Steward: A Report and Commentary on The Stewardship and Development Study

Citation: 
Conway, Daniel, Anita Rook, and Daniel A.Schipp. The Reluctant Steward: A Report and Commentary on The Stewardship and Development Study. Indianapolis, IN and St. Meinrad, IN: Christian Theological Seminary and Saint Meinrad Seminary, 1992.
Abstract: 

This collaborative report, produced jointly by Saint Meinrad Seminary and Christian Theological Seminary, addresses the lack of preparation, knowledge, and leadership exhibited by many ministers in the financial management of their churches or parishes. The researchers found that seminaries throughout the U.S. and Canada tended to reinforce a strict separation between the spiritual (theological/pastoral) dimension of church leadership and the material (administrative/financial) dimension. This lack of preparation for the practical side of ministry reinforced the ambivalence and sense of inadequacy that clergy sometimes feel concerning the financial management of their churches. The authors advocate renewed attention to the theology and practice of Christian stewardship, i.e., to what it means to be a "good steward" of the church's human, physical, and financial resources. Contributors to the report include Robert Lynn (a new understanding of stewardship), Thomas Murphy (stewardship and discipleship), Thomas Savage, S.J. (reflective conversations about stewardship), Paul Schulte (a researcher's perspective on apparent inconsistencies), and James Waits (stewardship in theological curricula). (SM)

87