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Further Reading

For more information on Appreciative Inquiry, Facilities Planning, or Generosity & Stewardship, please explore the following resources.  The Unitarian Univeralist Association Bookstore carries many more Fundraising & Stewardship resources that you may find helpful.

Appreciative Inquiry

  • Memories, Hopes, and Conversations: Appreciative Inquiry and Congregational Change, by Mark L. Branson, Herndon, VA, The Alban Institute, 2004.
    By focusing on memories of the congregation at its best, members are able to construct “provocative proposals” to help shape the church’s future.
  • Appreciative Inquiry Handbook, by David L. Cooperrider, Diana Whitney, and Jacqueline M. Stavros; Brunswick, OH, Crown Custom Publishing, 2005.
    The handbook contains everything needed to launch any kind of Appreciative Inquiry (AI) initiative.
  • The Thin Book of Appreciative Inquiry, by Sue Annis Hammond, Bend, OR, Thin Book Publishing Company, 2002.
    Unlike a cookbook approach to change, Appreciative Inquiry is a thought process. The book is written in simple language and includes references on where to go for more in-depth study.
  • The Power of Appreciative Inquiry: A Practical Guide to Positive Change, by Diana Whitney and Amanda Trosten-Bloom, San Francisco, Barrett-Koehler Communications, 2003.
    The authors believe Appreciative Inquiry shows that if you want to transform a situation, a relationship, an organization, or a community, focusing on strengths is more effective than focusing on problems.

Facilities Planning

  • Building for Effective Mission: A Complete Guide for Congregations on Bricks and Mortar Issues, by Kennon L. Callahan, San Francisco, Jossey-Bass, 1997.
    This book describes buildings that further a chosen mission; evaluating possible sites for location, mission potential, property characteristics, and financial considerations.
  • First Impressions: How to Present an Inviting Church Facility, by Robert A. Lee, Nashville, TN, Abingdon Press, 1993.
    Lee presents information to evaluate the needs of existing and future members. He details how to determine whether the environment is inviting to congregants.

Generosity & Stewardship

  • Giving and Stewardship in an Effective Church: A Guide for Every Member, by Kennon L. Callahan, San Francisco, Jossey-Bass, 1990.
    This complete guide to giving and stewardship sheds light on solid financial resources, one of the twelve keys to building an effective church.
  • Graceful Living: Your Faith, Values, and Money in Changing Times, by Laura Dunham, New York, RCA Distribution, 2002.
    The book’s focus is faith-based financial decision making that challenges the consumer culture.
  • Plain Talk about Churches and Money, by Dean R. Hoge, Patrick McNamara, and Charles Zech, Bethesda, MD, The Alban Institute, 1997.
    Tackles resistance, fears, and difficulties concerning money issues.
  • The Soul of Money: Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Life, by Lynne Twist, New York, W. W. Norton, 2003.
    Twist shows us that examining our attitudes toward money—earning it, spending it, and giving it away—can offer surprising insight into our lives, our values, and the essence of prosperity.

For more information contact congstewardship@uua.org.

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Last updated on Thursday, June 5, 2014.

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