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. As an experienced 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 Amersons 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 offers a great gift to the church,"" writes one reviewer. ""His experience, insight, and knowledge will help move the church beyond the neglect this topic sometimes receives. Read it!