by GenerousChurch | December 3, 2013
In the philanthropy world and on non-profit blogs across the web, there is a ton of chatter right now about #GivingTuesday. There are endless suggestions on how to engage, where to give and what this day is about. #GivingTuesday is the buzz word of the moment and if I were a betting man, I would guess that it will top the Twitter Trends chart all day.
There is one question about #GivingTuesday that needs ... read full post
by anonymous | November 26, 2013
It’s Friday. Black Friday. Actually, it’s 10:00pm on Thanksgiving Thursday…but along with the rest of big business, we’ll call it close enough. It’s black outside, so it’s time to engage in the art of the hunt.
The stores have been prepping you for this moment all month. You’ve carefully ... read full post
by GenerousChurch | November 12, 2013
Don’t you love rationalizations? We all use them. When we’re looking for an excuse to do the things that we want to do, we’ll find one. Pastor Fred Luter once said, “If opportunity knocks, temptation leans on the doorbell.” In other words, temptation has a way of hanging around until we figure out how to feel okay about giving in.
by GenerousChurch | November 5, 2013
1. It can bring many griefs – “For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” 1 Timothy 6:10
2. It looks like a helpmate, but becomes a master - "No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You ... read full post
by John Richardson | October 15, 2013
For anyone having a small identity crisis, let me help you out. You are NOT God. You didn’t create the heavens and the earth. You didn’t lead the Israelites out of Egypt. You didn’t make salvation possible.
by GenerousChurch | October 1, 2013
The U.S. population woke up this morning to a government shutdown. Since Republicans and Democrats cannot agree on the way our money is spent, and since they have trouble sustaining adult-style conversations, the government is grinding to a (semi) halt.
For some pastors and church leaders, this may not feel like a big deal. After all, we still get up and head to the office regardless of the disputes in ... read full post
by John Richardson | September 24, 2013
It’s no secret. Churches in the Western world are addicted to money. We scarcely know how to minister/serve/operate/survive apart from it. Because we have taken so many of our financial cues from the culture around us, we have come dependent on ministry dollars. Our buildings cost as much (if not more) than any other non-profit organizations…so that we can attract more members. Our salaries are ... read full post | 6 comments
by GenerousChurch | September 3, 2013
We need to make something clear at the beginning of this post. We believe that the practice of generosity helps us become more like Jesus. It is an imitation of Him. It is a non-negotiable of being a disciple (one who learns from the ways of Jesus). That’s the heart of this article. We want to find ways to practice generosity on a daily basis for the purpose of growing as disciples of Jesus.
Enough ... read full post
by GenerousChurch | August 20, 2013
It’s an age-old question for pastors. “Should I pour myself into raising the offering so that we can invest in making disciples or should I pour myself into making disciples and hope that the offering goes up?”
As a young minister, I pastored a small, rural church where I was the only staff member. At times, being the sole minister in the church had its benefits. Staff meetings were ... read full post | 1 comments
by mark-macdonald | August 6, 2013
A few years ago I saw a funny cartoon in a magazine that showed a man sitting in his pastor’s office asking him, “Pastor, my wife and I want to know how much we need to financially give to the church to be in good steads?” The pastor looks at him and says, “Well that depends on how much you want to give and how much your wife wants to give (he says with a smile on his face).” We ... read full post
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