Guess what book the Vestry, Visioning Task Force and the Stewardship Commission are all reading this summer! You might be surprised but it is called Holy Currencies by Eric Law. Sound like a relaxing beach read? Well maybe not, but it is a very important book for our congregation to read and implement in the coming year. Why? Because Eric Law helps us to find a way as a parish to be not only sustainable financially but at the same time be truly missional; that is, able to effectively fulfill our mission and vision while paying the bills.
Often we think of money as being the most important currency for a church. Our yearly stewardship campaigns focus on pledges and income. However, author Eric Law helps us to understand that there are actually 6 currencies which are available and as good and faithful stewards, we need to use all of them. So what are these currencies and why are they important?
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We see many Episcopal churches running into financial trouble or not growing because of a lack of awareness of all six of these currencies and how they can be exchanged to advance vital ministries and God’s Kingdom purposes through us. It is the flowing of these currencies that gives them value. It is the dynamic exchanges of these currencies that circulates and regenerates resources making a ministry such as ours sustainable and missional.
Want to know more about these holy currencies and how they can make a major difference for us as believers and as a parish? Then I would encourage you to join the summer reading and get a copy of Holy Currencies by Eric Law. It is highly readable and extremely practical and challenging. You can get your copy easily through Amazon in Kindle form or as a print copy. So stay tuned for much more about these dynamic currencies in the coming months.