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 playwright Michael O'Hurley-Pitts comes a pamphlet on why several Catholics (and, to be sure, Christians of some other denominations) don't provide. The Passionate Steward: Recovering Christian Stewardship from Secular Fundraising is a narrative targeted at Christian parishes, in faddy priesthood and laypersons to blame for parish stewardship, but is not necessarily a "how-to" on the abc of fundraising. Rather, Steward reads more on the lines of a "why-not" or "how-about" journal in that technical hitches of parish situation are not self-addressed near explicit solutions in mind, but are open to permit the scholar to travel to the comme il faut conclusions around what is best for his/her cathedral.

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O'Hurley-Pitts defines the multiple kinds of stewardship, pointing out foremost that generous is "not transactional," but "vocational." The challenge beside implementing profane fundraising techniques to parishes, he argues, is that the act of bighearted is by this means in status of man cheapened. Giving to one's church, be it incident or money, should not have to call for alluring parishioners with gifts and incentives, the author argues. People should privation to spring in need having to be bombarded by a "what's in it for me" mentality, more than ever when the incentives are only just magical.

O'Hurley-Pitts outlines in Steward a times of yore and the fundamental essentials of berth from a Christian orientation and advisable methods for campaigns (direct mail, impermanent speakers), and weighs the pros and cons of respectively. For the struggling small-town community or the brought about metropolis church, The Passionate Steward lays out the loco and bolts of situation in a terse and punctual posture.

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