by GenerousChurch | August 13, 2014
In the early 1980’s, Bill Cosby employed one simple phrase to verbalize the attitude of everyone who has ever been a parent. According to Cosby, his father “established” their relationship by saying, “I brought you in this world and I’ll take you out. And it don’t make no difference to me because I’ll make another one that looks just like you.”
That phrase has ... read full post
by John Richardson | July 24, 2014
Your church size has huge implications.
Church leaders often define their career worth in terms of people in the pews. It always seems to surface within the first two or three minutes of conversations among pastors.
How’s attendance been recently? How many did you have at your Easter service?
by John Richardson | July 8, 2014
If the Great Depression taught our grandparents anything, it taught them to be disciplined and cautious with their money. They learned – by necessity – to live on what they had and save the extra that they generated. If the tractor broke, you didn’t buy a new one…you fixed the broken one. Products like vinegar and baking soda took on multiple uses as both cooking and cleaning items. Our ... read full post
by jeff-christopherson | June 27, 2014
**Note: This blog post is an excerpt from Jeff Christopherson's book Kingdom Matrix. If you have not read the book, you need to. You can find it here.
What does "Christian" mean? We know that it means "Little Christ." We know that it was originally dished-out as an insult. Look at those people; they're acting like that radical Jesus guy who got what he had coming. Little Christs. Walking around like a ... read full post
by GenerousChurch | June 12, 2014
Churches spanning all denominations, worship styles and theological convictions are absolutely unified in one aspect of ministry. Even though the 300,000 churches in the U.S. are all unique, we hold one thing in common. We need more volunteers.
Children’s ministers routinely stand behind pulpits and plead for more teachers and nursery workers to come forward. Pastors knock on doors and have coffee ... read full post
by GenerousChurch | May 27, 2014
When you hear the word “generosity,” what comes to mind? Finances? If that’s your first thought, you are not alone. Generosity and money are intimately connected. But, what happens when you unleash generosity from the confines of money?
Let me give you a simple example of what this looks like in some churches.
Highland Colony decided to expand generosity beyond the money ... read full post
by John Richardson | May 13, 2014
A couple of years ago, one of our girls came home with a troubling look on her face. She was flushed and downcast. Her typically joyful seven-year-old attitude was gone.
“Daddy, my throat started hurting at lunch time and it’s still hurting.” My wife and I knew that strep throat was going around, but we tried to remain optimistic.
“Let’s get some medicine and maybe ... read full post
by gordon-and-mark-macdonald | May 13, 2014
**Note: This article originally appeared in Leadership Journal's Spring 2013 "Money" edition and can be seen at http://www.christianitytoday.com/le/2013/spring/transforming-scrooge.html?start=1
During the last Christmas season I reacquainted myself with Charles Dickens's Ebenezer Scrooge, one of the nastiest, mean-spirited old men in English literature. He's found, of course, in A Christmas Carol ... read full post
by John Richardson | April 16, 2014
What is the greatest act of generosity in the history of the world?
There are a lot of potential answers that come to mind. And to be fair, a few other articles have already taken a stab this subject. For example, after the horrific 2012 movie theater shooting in Colorado, the Huffington Post ran an article called, “21 Acts of Kindness that will Make You Believe in the Human Race.” A separate ... read full post
by GenerousChurch | March 26, 2014
Do you remember Gehazi? He’s one Bible character that doesn’t get a lot of Sunday School time. But, you probably remember the role that he plays in Scripture. Gehazi was Elisha’s servant. He was blind. The only problem was…he didn’t realize he was blind.
In 2 Kings 6, the king of Aram became enraged at Elisha because, through the direction of God, he ... read full post
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