No army ever took a position when those carrying the flags were at the back! When it comes to money talk church leaders, lay and ordained, must lead from the front. The opening and closing chapters of Beyond the Collection Plate frame the practical actions in the other chapters. The first chapter asks why we must talk money; the last chapter provocatively suggests that if church leaders don't start the conversation then it may never happen. That can be tough, no question; but it is necessary. The final chapter suggests three metaphors, pictures that help define the leadership task when it comes to the stewardship of money.