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The Upside-Down Kingdom of God

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.

There you have it. I have not learned my lesson over the years and still love ... read full post  |  1 comments

Walking with Extraordinarily Passionate People

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.

If there were such a thing as a Hall of Fame for the passionate and driven, these people’s portraits would line the walkways. Their hearts are ... read full post  |  1 comments

We Don't Believe in the Lordship of Jesus

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

small church, BIG IMPACT

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?

Although these sometimes feel like “in your face” questions, I don’t think ... read full post  |  2 comments

Cautious, Disciplined Givers Dominate the Church

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

The Little Christ Movement (how Christianity became Christianity)

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

Revolutionizing the Way We Recruit Volunteers

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

What is Holistic Generosity?

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

Stop Medicating Your Church

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

Transforming Scrooge

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

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