Marko has really been on form with his posting recently. Highlights include the hilarious Butt Scan story, and the Closest Book Meme which works as follows:

The rules are:
1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next four sentences on your blog, along with these instructions.
5. Don’t you dare dig for that “cool” or “intellectual” book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest!

The nearest book on my desk was Youth Ministry Management Tools, that I have borrowed from my friend Steve. Page 123 and the fifth sentence following is:

“That’s the only way you’ll ever get a handle on the ministry finances.

First six months:

  • After understanding, observing, and personally monitoring the budget for at least six months, you can delegate to a staff person or trusted (experienced) volunteer some of the routine procedures. Request weekly or monthly reports from your volunteer so you can monitor any major income or expense (perhaps more than $25 or $100, depending on the size and scope of your ministry).
  • Reevaluate the budget and adjust it according to your ministry needs.”

Helpful book, and one that I am hoping to be able to implement some of its thoughts and suggestions in the next few months.

Married to the amazing Sarah and raising Jakey, Daniel, Amelia, Josh & Jonah in our blended family. Passionate for Jesus, social work & sport.

0 thoughts on “Books I have read: 50 Reasons to Buy Fair Trade”

  1. Nice right up. I’ve also read the book and thought that it was stretching it to get to 50. However, it is undeniable that Fairtrade has done more to eradicate poverty and create sustainable development than any other movement or trade practice. Unfortunately, fair trade businesses are facing the same economic troubles that businesses in the North are facing as a result of the credit crunch – seemingly vibrant fair trade businesses are starting to fail because they do not have access to the credit financing that they need. If you would like to learn more about how you or your church group can support fair trade, please visit the Shared Interest website – Shared Interest is the world’s only 100% fair trade lender.

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