"Afire With God" book signing Feb. 9

February 01, 2008

“It’s like the wheels on the car of discipleship. You can have a great-looking car, but if it doesn’t go anywhere …”


That’s how Betsy Schwarzentraub defines stewardship – and she’s something of an expert. Besides being Director of Stewardship for the California-Nevada Annual Conference, she’s author of the book, Afire With God: Becoming Spirited Stewards, hailed as the best stewardship resource now out for use in the local church.


“I really wanted to get a fresh approach out among the churches,” Schwarzentraub says, “and as I have gone around to real churches across the country and worked with them, it seemed that a written resource would be helpful for people to study in small groups in the church, or for local church leaders to get a wider understanding of stewardship, so that it’s not just a front word for ‘give us your money.’”


Cameron Park Foothills UMC will host a book signing party for Afire With God: Becoming Spirited Stewards on Saturday, February 9 from 2 to 6 p.m. You are invited to talk with Betsy (shown at left), enjoy refreshments and conversations, and get your own autographed copy of Afire With God, just out in its second edition.


Betsy’s passion for stewardship began with a new job, back in 1974.


“I was invited to become the Director of Stewardship for a District Council on Ministries, a long time back and I said, ‘Yes,’ and then said [to myself], ‘What is stewardship, anyway?’ so I started looking in the Bible, and got hooked!


“It has to do with relationships, how we care for others in the church, our use of time and talents, and use of personal financial managements – as well as all aspects of how we give, financially.”


Schwarzentraub says she hopes readers of Afire With God will become exactly that.


“I hope people will re-fire their passion for being part of God’s activity – and that’s really what stewardship is about, being part of God’s activity with all of who we are and what we have: the evidence of our lives, of whatever we actually do with the Good News.”




Cameron Park Foothills UMC is located at 3301 Green Valley Road (off Cameron Park Road at Highway 50) in Rescue, California. For additional information about the February 9 book signing call Emily Harris at (916) 941-0481 or the Foothills UMC office at (530) 677-4910. Download event poster here.

Here’s what some Christian leaders have to say about Afire With God:


“This book is full of excellent stewardship theology followed by practical, concrete exercises. It would be an excellent resource for your library and stewardship educational group.” Rev. Stephen W. Johnson, Executive Director, Ecumenical Stewardship Center


“I found it open, warm and inviting ... You get disciples instead of bill payers. ... Betsy helps move the church into a culture of living as steward rather than giving as steward. I highly recommend it to every church leader who is tired of the same old ways of doing stewardship and is ready to move into a culture of being stewards.” Rev. Donald Joiner, Director of the Office of Operations and Fund Development for the General Board of Discipleship, and Director of the Planned Giving Resource Center for The United Methodist Church


Afire With God is an influential stewardship tool for the time we live in now. I was motivated from this reading. As a Christ follower, I don’t want to just monitor giving rituals and traditions. I want to fully live out my calling and stewardship/giving experience with God. ... This is a book for every board member, trustee, elder, and leader in Christian service. Don’t just read it; buy a box load and give one to everyone you know in your church leadership.” Rev. Dr. Scott Preissler, Eklund Professor of Stewardship and Director, Center for Biblical Stewardship, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary