Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

Formation and Education for the Life of the Church

Required and Suggested Readings

Course materials are the responsibility of the program participant and are not included in the program cost. Required and suggested readings for each course are listed below. Additional articles, reference materials or e-resources may be suggested by the individual seminar instructor and/or distributed at the sessions.


Required Readings

Seminar 1: Nurturing Generous Congregations & Organizations

Collins, J. (2005). Good to Great and the Social Sectors. Amazon

Seminar 2: Nurturing Generous Donors

Maimonides, M. "Laws Concerning Gifts to the Poor."

Seminar 3: Fundraising As Ministry

Nouwen, H. (2011). A Spirituality of Fundraising. Amazon
Robinson, Kerry A. (2014). Imagining Abundance: Fundraising, Philanthropy and a Spiritual Call to Service. Amazon

Seminar 4: Shaping a Theology of Money

Johnson, L. (2006). The Life of Faith and the Faithful Use of Possessions. PDF

Suggested Readings

Arrillage-Andreessen, L. (2011). Giving 2.0: Transform Your Giving and Our WorldAmazon

Conway, D. (2009). Advancing the Mission of the Church: Best Practices in Stewardship and Development for Catholic Organizations.  Amazon

Dorff, E. (2007). The Way Into Tikkum Olam: Repairing the World.Amazon

Heath, D. & Heath, C. (2010). Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard. Amazon

Heifetz, R., Grashow, A. & Linksy, M. (2009). The Practice of Adaptive Leadership: Tools and Tactics for Changing Your Organization and the World. Amazon

Jeavons, T. and Burch Basinger, R. (2000). Growing Givers' Hearts: Treating Fundraising As A Ministry. Amazon

Johnson, L. (2011). Sharing Possessions: What Faith Demands. Amazon

Kotter, J. (2012). Leading Change.  Amazon

Pohl, C. (2011). Living into Community: Cultivating Practices That Sustain Us. Amazon

Robinson, A. (2011). Stewardship for Vital Congregations. Amazon

Salamon, J. (2003). Rambam's Ladder: A Meditation on Generosity and Why It Is Necessary to Give. Amazon

Schervish, P. & Whitaker, K. (2010). Wealth and the Will of God: Discerning the Use of Riches in the Service of Ultimate Purpose. Amazon

Smith, C. & Davidson, H. (2014). The Paradox of Generosity: Giving We Receive, Grasping We Lose. Amazon

Tempel, E., Seiler, T., & Aldrich, E. (2010). Achieving Excellence in Fundraising.  Amazon

Vacek, E. (2010). "A Catholic Theology of Philanthropy." In D. Smith (Ed.), Religious Giving: For Love of God.  Amazon

Wheeler, S. (2010). "Freely Give: The Paradox of Obligatory Generosity in Christian Thought." In D. Smith (Ed.), Religious Giving: For Love of God.Amazon

Williams, K. (2013). Leading the Fundraising Charge: The Role of the Nonprofit Executive. Amazon

Witherington, B. (2012). Jesus and Money: A Guide for Times of Financial Crisis.  Amazon