J. Clif Christopher, Not Your Parents’ Offering Plate : A New Vision for Financial Stewardship, Call Number 254.8 Chr 2005, offers some practical tips for church fund raising. Christopher emphasizes that people give to non-profit organizations because of “(1) belief in the mission of the institution, (2) a high regard for staff leadership, and (3) the fiscal responsibility of the institution.” Christopher at p.13. The author then applies these principles specifically to church fund-raising. Not all of Christopher’s ideas are applicable to an Episcopal congregation, but he offers some perceptive insights into the pastor/rector’s role as a fund raiser.
Another practical book on church administration is Neal McBride, How to lead small groups, Call Number 254 Mcb 1990. McBride begins with the Scriptural authority for small groups, which goes back to both Jesus and the Old Testament. Thus, small groups are not exclusively a corporate management tool. Having established a long tradition of small groups, McBride offers some advice on how to manage and lead small groups for church activities in the modern world.
A number of new books are in the collection, especially regarding Navajo and Native American spirituality.
We have also received some generous donations of works in theology and church history from retired clergy.