The Passionate Steward: Recovering Christian Stewardship from Secular Fundraising by Michael O'Hurley-Pitts

St. Brigid Press, 0973137800, $19.99

Books have been published explaining why Catholics can't sing, why Catholics pray the Rosary, and why Catholics don't (and/or shouldn't) have women in the priesthood. From St. Brigid Press and critic Michael O'Hurley-Pitts comes a baby book on why some Catholics (and, to be sure, Christians of some other denominations) don't administer. The Passionate Steward: Recovering Christian Stewardship from Secular Fundraising is a photograph album targeted at Christian parishes, in faddy clergy and laypersons at fault for community stewardship, but is not needfully a "how-to" on the fundamentals of fundraising. Rather, Steward reads more along the lines of a "why-not" or "how-about" volume in that difficulties of community situation are not addressed with clear-cut solutions in mind, but are unprotected to permit the reader to travel to the becoming conclusions nearly what is unsurpassed for his/her christian church.

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O'Hurley-Pitts defines the a range of kinds of stewardship, pointing out best that big is "not transactional," but "vocational." The hassle next to implementing laic fundraising techniques to parishes, he argues, is that the act of liberal is in that way in difficulty of human being cheapened. Giving to one's church, be it instance or money, should not have to ask enticing parishioners next to gifts and incentives, the writer argues. People should deprivation to administer minus having to be bombarded by a "what's in it for me" mentality, particularly when the incentives are scarcely numinous.

O'Hurley-Pitts outlines in Steward a times of yore and the unfinished basics of office from a Christian position and suggested methods for campaigns (direct mail, visiting speakers), and weighs the pros and cons of each. For the troubled small-town community or the developed city church, The Passionate Steward lays out the around the bend and bolts of billet in a laconic and timely comportment.

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