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Stewardship In African-American Churches

A New Paradigm

Melvin Amerson • September 2015

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"When the church embraces the responsibility of living as faith managers of God's vast resources [as Psalm 24:1 teaches], the community of faith will prosper."

So begins this practical and theological study of stewardship, both in the context of the African-American church tradition and beyond. After all, a systematic approach to stewardship undergirds the ministry and mission of the church universal.

A stewardship consultant, Amerson draws upon his experience to help churches

  • develop a theology of generosity;
  • define stewardship leadership roles;
  • celebrate the offering each week; and
  • establish endowment giving.

While recognizing still-relevant traditions, he also points to newer tactics and strategies convenient to both members and congregations—including electronic giving, contribution statements, and year-end giving.

A highlight of the book is Amerson's explanation of the development of a narrative budget/narrative spending plan. He also writes about stewardship education at multiple levels. This book is a solid resource for financial stewardship education.


Melvin Amerson is an ordained elder in the Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church and a stewardship consultant for the Texas Methodist Foundation. Known for his engaging and energetic presentations, Amerson leads training events across the country. Amerson lives in the Austin, Texas area.

ISBN: 978-0-88177-771-0

Kindle ISBN: 978-0-88177-772-7

EPub ISBN: 978-0-88177-773-4

Imprint: Discipleship Resources

Pub Date: 20150901

Trim Size: in (w) x in (h) x 0.291 in (d)

Page Count: 136

BISAC Categories: RELIGION / Christian Church / Administration

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Books by Melvin Amerson