October 14, 2014
If you could only receive one gift from God – only one gift ever – what would you choose?
That question is probably akin to the old “how many angels can dance on the head of a needle” problem. If you pursue it with any seriousness, it could land you in the mad house. There are thousands of potential answers and millions of resulting scenarios that come with those answers.
by John Richardson | September 17, 2014
I have a confession. When some of you hear this confession, you may lose all respect for me. (Chances are, you don’t know me and have very little respect for me anyway.) For others that read this confession, this will immediately make us kindred spirits.
I still watch – and thoroughly enjoy – Seinfeld.
by GenerousChurch | September 3, 2014
Will you take a quick journey with me?
Will you stroll with me through the world of passionate people? We all have things that drive us, but I want us to peek into the lives of a few extraordinary individuals. I think we can learn something from them.
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
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