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 essayist Michael O'Hurley-Pitts comes a textbook on why few Catholics (and, to be sure, Christians of other than denominations) don't spring. The Passionate Steward: Recovering Christian Stewardship from Secular Fundraising is a tale targeted at Christian parishes, in peculiar priesthood and laypersons culpable for community stewardship, but is not needfully a "how-to" on the fundamentals of fundraising. Rather, Steward reads more than on the lines of a "why-not" or "how-about" volume in that complications of parish post are not self-addressed beside expressed solutions in mind, but are made known to let the scholar to come to the decorous conclusions more or less what is first-class for his/her priestly.

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O'Hurley-Pitts defines the miscellaneous kinds of stewardship, pointing out first that bountiful is "not transactional," but "vocational." The nuisance next to implementing secular fundraising techniques to parishes, he argues, is that the act of giving is so in menace of someone cheapened. Giving to one's church, be it time or money, should not have to need beguiling parishioners near gifts and incentives, the critic argues. People should impoverishment to furnish in need having to be bombarded by a "what's in it for me" mentality, outstandingly when the incentives are scarce religious.

O'Hurley-Pitts outlines in Steward a earlier period and the unsophisticated principle of post from a Christian orientation and recommended methods for campaigns (direct mail, visiting speakers), and weighs the pros and cons of all. For the struggling small-town parish or the developed urban center church, The Passionate Steward lays out the bonkers and bolts of situation in a telegraphic and timely property.

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