November 2019 Resource

The Ministry of Giving: Fund Your Vision by Developing Financial Leaders
The Ministry of Giving: Fund Your Vision by Developing Financial Leaders
Joel Mikell, Bill McMillan, and Kimberly Stewart
RSI Church Stewardship
Book Review By:
Melvin Amerson

Premise of the Book:
Pastors and congregations must develop and cultivate financial leaders with generosity capacity, as part of a ministry of giving, which aligns with discipleship.

What the Book Does:
The Ministry of Giving is a great resource for pastors who desire to develop financial leaders as part of a giving ministry. The authors are Capital Stewardship Fundraising professionals sharing from a perspective of discipling high-capacity givers. This book serves as a guide for clergy and persons who are responsible for creating a ministry or small group for high capacity givers, who desire to grow in discipleship, generosity and help expand a church’s ministry reach. Each chapter closes with key ideas and a set of key discussion questions.


One - Financial Leaders Are Part of God’s Funding Plan
Two - Ministry to Financial Leaders Is Not about Money
Three - Questions Church Leaders Have about Financial Leaders
Four - Understand the Mind of the Financial Leader
Five - What Financial Leaders Wish They Could Say to Their Pastor
Six - Challenges to Establishing a Giving Ministry
Seven - How to Identify Financial Leaders
Eight - What to Expect During Your First Meeting
Nine - When to Ask and What For
Ten - How to Sustain Your Ministry to Financial Leaders
Conclusion and Appendix

What are the Important Insights:

The authors of the book view fundraising/stewardship as a ministry of giving. Financial leaders are motivated by bold vision and strategic planning to expand ministry opportunities. Also, they like to be invited to use of their skills, training and expertise, in addition to their financial resources.

Possibilities as a resource for churches:
This resource is for pastors and congregations who want to create a ministry to intentionally engage and disciple financial leaders.

Melvin Amerson Area Representative

Rev. Melvin Amerson is a member of the Texas Annual Conference and serves as a Resource Specialist/Area Representative at TMF. His experience and passion lie in encouraging and developing generous, faithful leaders and congregations.

Melvin is the author of Celebrating the Offering, Fruit for Celebrating the Offering and Stewardship in African American Churches: A New Paradigm, as well as several articles covering topics from generosity, leadership and visioning. Currently, he serves as a board member of the Ecumenical Stewardship Center and is a nationally-recognized generosity consultant known for his engaging presentations.

Melvin obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi, a Master of Divinity degree concentrating in Christian education from Gammon Theological Seminary in Atlanta, Georgia, an Executive Leadership certificate from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York and a certificate in Professional Fundraising from Boston University.