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Several years ago I attended a national meeting on church giving and stewardship. Hundreds of people attended the three-day conference, including pastors, church financial officers, judicatory officials, and even some bishops. Stewardship campaigns were reviewed, programs were dissected, results were heralded (or bemoaned), and discussions were held on what works and doesn't work in the ongoing struggle to raise money for the churches' coffers. In the hotel foyer, dozens of "secular" financial organizations had set up booths to advertise their fund-raising expertise. What was starkly missing from this entire scene was any discussion of why people give money to their church, and what that act of giving means to them.
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