"It's not what you have. It's what you do with what you have." That's a message pastor and author Andy Stanley has been emphasizing for the past several years in an effort to help his congregation live richly by cultivating a generous lifestyle. It's also the subtitle of his new book, How to Be Rich, which released nationwide Dec. 31.
Stanley, founder and senior pastor of North Point Ministries near Atlanta, Ga., first introduced this giving and service initiative in Fall 2007 when he launched a sermon series titled "How to Be Rich." Although there was some skepticism about how the series might be received, he is quick to explain that the focus was never about trying to get people's money. "Be Rich has always been about challenging others by saying, 'You have already been blessed with much more than you need, so make it a priority to give to those in need.'"