Pastors and lay leaders now have a clear, easy-to-use guidebook for church finances with “Church Finances for Missional Leaders: Best Practices for Faithful Stewardship,” by Bonnie Ives Marden. This important resource was recently released by the Publishing Office of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM), the leadership development agency of The United Methodist Church (UMC).
In “Church Finances for Missional Leaders,” Marden offers a step-by-step process of managing the budget and financial well-being for local churches of all sizes. The book can help pastors, treasurers, trustees, and finance and stewardship chairs and committees. It includes guidelines, tools and reproducible worksheets to help readers navigate the typical financial demands of operating a church. It’s a comprehensive approach, and reviewers are already pointing to it as a must-have item for every church leader.
“Bonnie Marden clarifies the confusing language of financial stewardship, then elegantly lays out pathways of understanding and practice. Run, don’t walk, to get your copy,” writes Rebekah Simon-Peter, developer of “Dream Like Jesus” and “Creating a Culture of Renewal.”
Marden is a leadership consultant and financial stewardship practitioner. A facilitator of stewardship education through multiple United Methodist Foundations, she also served as the Imagine No Malaria campaign coordinator for the UMC’s New England Annual Conference.