"Social scientist Patrick McNamara tells the stories of 11 mainline congregations where stewardship us the animating force that has transformed them into vital centers for mission. Church leaders who question whether stewardship education us worthwhile will be encouraged and inspired by these accounts of promising practices". -- inside front cover.
Contents: Foreword / M. Douglas Meeks -- Acknowledgements -- Introduction -- Combining Tolerance with a Very Clear Focus: Acton Congregational Church, Acton, Massachusetts -- What People Give Indicates Their Spiritual Health: St. Paul United Church of Christ, Columbia, Illinois -- Programs for Children and Youth Attract New Families: Woodmont Christian Church, Nashville, Tennessee -- God Has Called Us to Be Partners in Ministry: Christian Church of Arlington Heights, Illinois -- We're a Seven Day-a-Week Church: First Institutional Baptist Church, Phoenix, Arizona -- Building Stewardship Amid Yankee Frugality: All Saints Episcopal Church, Wolfeboro, New Hampshire -- Stewardship of the World, Not Just of Our Money: All Saints (Episcopal), Pasadena, California -- Spiritual Gifts: Finding How You're Wired Deep Down: Northkirk Presbyterian Church, Alta Loma, California -- Our Night Shelter Gives Help Tonight, Hope Tomorrow: First Presbyterian Church, Fort Worth, Texas -- Lifting Up a Vision for the Congregation: Faith Lutheran Church, Tempe, Arizona -- Like a Golf Swing: As We Lose Ourselves, We Connect: Desert Cross Lutheran Church, Tempe, Arizona -- Stewardship: Meeting the Long-Term Challenge -- Appendix: Interview Guide for Initial Conversation with Pastor -- Notes.
The eleven congregations examined include two Episcopal churches.