Guidance on Stewardship of Donations

BY JOHN MONTAGUE

Over the past year, I have written several articles and blog posts encouraging Christians to think more carefully about stewardship when they make donations. (See here and here.) Unfortunately, my writing on this subject has occasionally been misunderstood. A few readers have also confessed to me that they do not understand the urgency of stewardship, that they do not see why it is so important.

For these reasons, I am going to make yet another attempt to explain why I think stewarding our donations carefully is important and why I think it is imperative that all Christians, even those who are only able to give a little, make an effort to investigate whether the organizations to which they give actually use their donations wisely. Continue reading “Guidance on Stewardship of Donations”

An Example to Explain How Keeping Organizations Accountable for Donations Works

BY JOHN MONTAGUE

What follows is a simple example that I hope will illustrate the good that can come from applying basic principles of stewardship to our decisions about what Christian organizations to support. I explain those basic principles of stewardship here. Although the example seems very simplified, the real world works in much the same way, albeit in a slower and more complicated manner. Continue reading “An Example to Explain How Keeping Organizations Accountable for Donations Works”

On Giving to Bob Weiner and Weiner Ministries

BY JOHN MONTAGUE

Last week, two friends from To An Unknown God asked me if I knew anything about Bob Weiner or his organization Weiner Ministries. Mr. Weiner has recently been in Berkeley and spoke at several local churches, where his charismatic and energetic presentation was followed by a request for donations to Weiner Ministries. He told his audience that $50 would pay to educate one individual in a foreign country to enter full-time ministry. My friends wanted to know: Should students donate to Weiner Ministries? Continue reading “On Giving to Bob Weiner and Weiner Ministries”

Holding Nonprofit CEOs Accountable for Greedy Salaries

BY JOHN MONTAGUE

The Chronicle of Philanthropy recently released its most recent survey of executive compensation at nonprofits. Last year, while unemployment was rising, giving was down, and many nonprofits were forced to conduct layoffs, salaries of nonprofit CEOs rose by 7 percent. Although nonprofit boards set compensation levels prospectively, it is nonetheless troubling that many of these executives chose to sacrifice staff and program goals while not voluntarily taking pay cuts themselves. Continue reading “Holding Nonprofit CEOs Accountable for Greedy Salaries”