Celebrating the Offering

Celebrating the Offering

by Melvin Amerson, James Amerson
Clergy & Laity Discipleship Stewardship

In a culture where it's easy to think of ourselves as self-made, we need a reminder that all blessings have been given to us by a generous God.

In many congregations, the offering happens without much forethought. We may even consider it a crass interruption to the spiritual flow of worship. But it's actually an important, biblical part of the service. It gives us a chance to focus on giving thanks and giving back to the God who has so generously given to us.

If you're looking to revitalize the spirit of generosity in your congregation, you'll find simple and effective ways to incorporate the offering into the deepest fibers of your worship experience.

"Most Christians grow in generosity as they grow spiritually," write the authors. "Churches grow in generosity when stewardship is preached, taught, embraced, and celebrated. For the celebration to occur, a process of transformation needs to take place."

The Amerson brothers address concerns and misunderstandings about the practice. Through biblical precedents, prayers, litanies, and examples, they demonstrate how to reshape the offertory into an authentic celebration involving all members of all ages.

As noted preacher Zan Holmes says in the Foreword, "[The authors'] insights and practice convey a deep understanding of this often misunderstood and maligned component of our lives as followers of Christ: simply put, our faith informs the way we live, including how we spend our money. Celebrating the Offering brings our faith closer and closer to the center of our lives…[where the offering] becomes a natural expression of who we are as Christians."

Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-88177-526-6
Publisher: The Upper Room
Imprint: Discipleship Resources
Publication Date: 02/01/2008
Pages: 112
Dimensions: 8.0000 x 5.0000

Melvin Amerson is an ordained elder in the Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church and a stewardship consultant for the Texas Methodist Foundation. Known for his engaging and energetic presentations, Amerson leads training events across the country. Amerson lives in the Austin, Texas area.

James Amerson is a pastor in the Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, serving Simpson United Methodist Church in Austin. He is also an elder in the Southwest Texas Annual Conference.


Melvin and James Amerson bring together their passion for stewardship and their local church experience as consultants and pastors to deliver a straightforward, insightful, and persuasive text on our crucial need to celebrate the offering as an act of worship, as demonstrated in biblical tradition and church history. For pastors and lay leaders alike, this book will deepen your understanding, as well as equip you with practical ideas for energizing your congregation with a spirit of worshipful generosity.
--Dr. Frank A. Thomas, Senior Pastor, Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church, Memphis, Tennessee and editor of *The African-American Pulpit**

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