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Fall 2012


The theme for Fall 2012 is “Resource Development.”

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Major Lessons From a Minor Prophet

After 31 years in the stewardship arena I have an observation — almost everything I need to know about fundraising I learned in the Bible. There are more verses dedicated to stewardship in the Holy writ than love and prayer combined. But none more pointed than the second shortest book in the Old Testament, a major lesson from the minor prophet, Haggai. These 38 verses contain a stewardship message of rebuke, challenge, and comfort.

What could a book written 2,500 years ago...

The Engine That Can

Ministry, at its core, is based on service — helping those in need and bringing people closer to the gospel of Christ. It is truly God’s work, and I marvel at the grace that exists in the hearts of people throughout the world who serve in ministry, providing their talents, time, and money to further the kingdom of Christ. The challenge in 1 John puts it clearly, "If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God...

A Learning Journey

God has an amazing sense of humor and timing. In early 2008 I began to feel unsettled in my job as a design manager for a large corporation. I had always enjoyed my job, but something was not quite the same. Through a series of conversations, prayers, and reading, it was affirmed to me that I was being called to serve in Christian ministries or nonprofits. Now, when was the last time you saw a design management position open in one of those sectors? This was going to be a step of faith.

Transformed Thinking

When I attended the Christian Leadership Alliance (CLA) national conference in San Diego in April 2010, I had exactly five days of experience in my position as Vice President for Advancement for Oak Hills Christian College. I also had exactly five days of experience in development. Though I lacked development experience, I did have a lifelong connection to Oak Hills Christian College — literally a lifetime. My father was working at Oak Hills when I was born. I also had a passion for ...

A Steward's Journey

When I was a kid, I was young, naive, and wary of anything having to do with management. From a young age, it was instilled in me that managers, budget meetings, and committees were concepts associated with all that is wrong in this world. Around the dinner table each night, my dad would sit down and vent his frustrations about company politics, long meetings, and power-hungry managers. I remember thinking, Good thing I’m going into ministry and won...

You're Not on Your Own

Getting Naked. I can’t help but chuckle as I think of you reading this opening. I’m sure your reaction is likely the same as mine when I saw that book title as part of the online learning resource development coursework for CLA. I realized there would be books to read as part of the CLA Credentialed Christian Nonprofit Leader program, and I was hoping that some would be familiar to me. Some were, like ...

A Steward's Legacy

Ray Lyne was named a lifetime CLA consul during the 2012 CLA National Conference. Being named consul is CLA’s highest honor. It recognizes exemplary leadership in the field of Christian nonprofit leadership, including substantial assistance to the work of CLA. Lyne — president and chairman of Lifestyle Giving Inc. based in Irvine, Calif. — has spent 45 years in the design of personal estate and giving plans. He was a part of the Christian Stewardship Association (CSA) fro...

Becoming a Steward Leader

CLA’s newest book is entitled Becoming a Steward Leader: Fundamentally Change the Way You Think, Lead and Live (Christian Leadership Alliance, 2012). That is a bold title, but we believe that the insights contained in this text can indeed have a major, lifelong, transformative impact on your journey as a leader.

This book is edited by Mark L. Vincent and Joseph Krivickas. It is the second in a series on Christian leadership being p...

Book Discussion: Igniting a Life of Generosity

Outcomes editor-in-chief W. Scott Brown recently interviewed author Chris McDaniel about his devotional Igniting a Life of Generosity (ECFApress, 2011).

McDaniel is the chief business development officer for DELTA Ministries International, an interdenominational evangelical organization that supports U.S. and international local churches by specializing in short-term and mid-term missions. In this...

Book Discussion: The Third Conversion

Outcomes editor-in-chief W. Scott Brown recently interviewed Dr. R. Scott Rodin on his book The Third Conversion (Kingdom Life Publishing, 2011).

Rodin has been in not-for-profit leadership and consulting for 25 years. Today he serves as Partner for Strategic Alliances for Artios Partners. Rodin has served as counsel to more than 100 organizations across America, as well as in Canada and Great Britain, including colleges, seminaries, sch...