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Published on April 15th, 2016 | by ABCUSA


Judson Press Title Helps Churches Fund the Vision

VALLEY FORGE, PA (4/15/16)—Judson Press, the publishing arm of American Baptist Home Mission Societies, releases a giver-centered guide to growing generosity in churches. Beyond Stewardship: A Church Guide to Generous Giving Campaigns brings the extensive fundraising experience of authors John Zehring and Kate Jagger to bear in this practical resource for Christian churches and their leaders.

Beyond Stewardship applies the best principles of fundraising to the annual giving or stewardship campaign in local congregations. Emphasizing the individual givers and the act of giving as integral to spiritual life, this book goes beyond typical stewardship models to celebrate the generosity already demonstrated by church members and to invite further giving based on that generous past.

Zehring and Jagger use a collaborative paradigm that engages leadership across the church’s life. They offer four interlocking strategies for a successful annual giving campaign: concentric circles of commitment, personal visits, public witness, and direct mail. Churches that employ these strategies will grow the spirit of generosity and raise a community of givers.

Includes an appendix full of practical tools and resources, plus a bonus section about special purpose campaigns!

To order Judson Press resources, visit or call 800-458-3766.

About the Authors: 
John Zehring is a retired pastor with more than 20 years of experience in parish ministry, serving United Church of Christ congregations in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Maine. He has also served in higher education, primarily in development and institutional advancement. He is author of nineteen books, including You Can Run a Capital Campaign: A Step-by-Step Guide for Church Leaders (1989), and speaks nationally on church fundraising and the training of volunteers. John was founding editor of Seminary Development News, a publication for seminary presidents, vice presidents, and trustees (Association of Theological Schools, funded by the Lilly Endowment).

Kate Jagger is an experienced fundraiser, chairing multiple annual giving campaigns for churches, schools, and community organizations. Previously, Kate worked in the publishing industry with Penguin Putnam Publishing in New York City.

Founded in 1824, Judson Press is a publishing ministry of the American Baptist Home Mission Societies, American Baptist Churches USA. It is committed to producing Christ-centered leadership resources for the transformation of individuals, congregations, communities, and cultures.

American Baptist Home Mission Societies—the domestic mission arm of American Baptist Churches USA—ministers as the caring heart and serving hands of Jesus Christ across the United States and Puerto Rico through a multitude of initiatives that focus on discipleship, community, and justice.

American Baptist Churches USA is one of the most diverse Christian denominations today, with over 5,200 local congregations comprised of 1.3 million members, across the United States and Puerto Rico, all engaged in God’s mission around the world.

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