Clergy are trained to preach, teach, and lead a congregation in spiritual matters. However, there is very little training for clergy when it comes to the “business” matters of the church-finances, debt reduction, fundraising, and building maintenance. The added and sometimes unexpected load for clergy can become cumbersome and extremely stressful. In addition, the decline of the church and the passing of key funders of churches leave many pastors with dying churches and few resources to do anything about it.
Author Rosario Picardo has been in this very position. As a pastor, Picardo launched a church in a movie theater with no people and very little financial support. He also revitalized a dying congregation in a deteriorating physical structure. Through trials and failures, innovation and entrepreneurial thinking, God provided, and Picardo learned new ways for reaching the least and lost, and for growing disciples. In Funding Ministry with Five Loaves and Two Fish, Picardo shares the lessons he’s learned with confidence that other leaders can do the same. He demonstrates how, step by faithful step.
—Lovett H. Weems Jr., Distinguished Professor of Church Leadership and Director, G. Douglass Lewis Center for Church Leadership, Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC
“Funding Ministry with Five Loaves and Two Fishes reminds us that God can take what we have and multiply it into abundantly more. Roz gives practical and powerful tips on how to fund and sustain innovative ministry. If you have felt ill equipped for the ‘business’ side of the church or are praying about how you can resource the vision God has given you, you need to read this book.”
—Jacob Armstrong, pastor, Providence Church, Mt. Juliet, TN; author of The New Adapters from Abingdon Press
“Paul said, ‘God loves a cheerful giver’ (2 Cor 9:7), but Picardo knows and shows in this goldmine of a resource how God accepts from grinches, grouches, and grumps. This book shouldn’t be missed or missing from the bookshelf of anyone who has anything to do with faith and finances, fund-raising and faith-raising.”
—Leonard Sweet, best-selling author, professor (Drew University, Tabor College, George Fox University)
“Picardo offers the unique combination of solid financial wisdom and barrier-breaking innovation. Exactly what the church needs now.”
—J. Clif Christopher, President, Horizons Stewardship Company; author of The Church Money Manual, Not Your Parents’ Offering Plate, and Rich Church, Poor Church, all from Abingdon Press