Walking with Jesus in a Refreshed, Overflowing Life

by Patrick Johnson  |  April 11, 2017
In last month's article I introduced you to Catherine, one of the most generous people I know. Catherine has an extraordinary heart of generosity fueled by her love for Jesus Christ and others. The Whole-life Generosity Cycle As Jesus showed us, this kind of generosity is rooted in our relationship with God and flows from His presence within us. Like a fountain bubbling up from within us, we are refreshed, and that ... read full post

The First Step to a Refreshed, Overflowing Life

by Patrick Johnson  |  March 14, 2017
Think of the most generous person you know. In your mind's eye picture their face. What do you see? Meet Catherine I want you to meet one of the most generous people I know — Catherine. In Catherine's face, I see joy, delight, excitement and authenticity. Catherine works in a bakery. In the pre-dawn hours every morning you'll find her kneading bread, all the while faithfully mixing in prayers for her customers. ... read full post  |  1 comments

How do I lead my church to be more generous?

by GenerousChurch  |  May 25, 2016

In the life of every congregation, there are occasional “accelerants” that can advance the mission of the church rapidly and well beyond the typical speed of ministry. These accelerants are often described with words like:

Ignite Thrust Fast-forward Double-time Advance Stimulate Hasten Quicken

For example, throughout the history of the Church, church planting has been considered an ... read full post

What if my Generosity is Misused?

by John Richardson  |  April 21, 2016

A young mother came to our church needing assistance. She had four kids by two different men, and her current husband was abusing the entire family—physically and emotionally. Through some personal connections, she found our church, and we found her a new place to live. Not only did she have a chance to start over, but we also found her a job at a partnering church’s child development center.

Over ... read full post

To Have and to Hold...or Give

by GenerousChurch  |  April 7, 2016

“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” – George Bernard Shaw

What do you do when you don’t see eye-to-eye with your spouse about giving?

If this is the biggest struggle you have in your marriage, pat yourself on the back and take the rest of the day off. You have my permission. You may want to check with your spouse (and boss) ... read full post

4 Breakthroughs for Unleashing Generous Disciples (Part 5 of 5)

by John Richardson  |  March 15, 2016


“Be fruitful and multiply.”

I once got into an argument with a medical doctor over that phrase. It was the eighth month of my wife’s second pregnancy. Because she had a C-section with our first child and knew that we would have to endure C-sections with each successive child, we determined to limit our risks and have her tubes tied after the second ... read full post

4 Breakthroughs for Unleashing Generous Disciples (pt 4)

by John Richardson  |  March 2, 2016


Imagine living in a third world country where ½ of the children die every year due to disease. Imagine the grief of a parent who has lost multiple children and doesn’t know why the gods keep letting their children get sick. How incredible would it be for those parents to hear a foreign relief worker say, “Your children don’t have to get sick. ... read full post

4 Breakthroughs for Unleashing Generous Disciples (pt 3)

by John Richardson  |  February 4, 2016


As we stepped into the Cycle of Generosity with our last post, we acknowledged that while the Humanistic Cycle begins with “Earning,” God’s way of doing things begins with “Welcoming.” In other words, the Cycle of Generosity begins with grace, not works.

The problem is … it’s not uncommon for our thinking to grind ... read full post

4 Breakthroughs for Unleashing Generous Disciples (pt 2)

by John Richardson  |  February 4, 2016


I recently read an article called “The 50 Greatest Breakthroughs Since the Wheel.” After reading the title, I started running through possibilities in my mind and was pretty sure that the In-N-Out burger would be in the top 25. Much to my dismay, the burger wasn’t on the list, but the assembly line did make the cut (theoretically leading to the ... read full post

4 Breakthroughs for Unleashing Generous Disciples (pt 1 of 5)

by John Richardson  |  January 21, 2016


Some of the truly transformational moments in life come through incredible circumstances (like a car wreck or the loss of something precious to us) or radical decisions (“I’m going to ‘cut off’ my left hand so it won’t cause me to sin any longer”). And many times when we consider making life changes, we think in terms of these instantaneous, ... read full post

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