Delighted Generosity: Our Father's Heart

by Patrick Johnson  |  April 9, 2018
Do you remember what it feels like to give a child an unexpected gift? I love recalling when I've been sidelined by my love for my children…a meaningful "way-past-my-bedtime" phone call with one in college or a "dad's-gone nuts-and-mom-may-kill-him" giant sticky ice cream cone before dinner are gifts that delight me. Sometimes our giving wells up from a fountain of love. Out of the overflow, we can't resist ... read full post  |  2 comments

The Cycle of Contagious Generosity

by Patrick Johnson  |  March 7, 2018
Budget committees, fundraising goals, and stewardship campaigns are probably not the top three reasons you got into ministry. But they're real, right? Because money issues often drive ministry decisions, we try to make sense of them with a linear paradigm of "x + y = z". This annual giving + that mortgage = a new buildingThis financial small group study + that number of attendees = a few hundred motivated giversThis ... read full post  |  1 comments

Maybe Money Really Does Grow on Trees

by Patrick Johnson  |  February 8, 2018
The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost. - J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring What if you were 98 years old? Consider the year 1919 and imagine your town. Was it even recognizable? Were there paved roads and a town center, or is your community a recent entity? Now, imagine returning to 1919 as an adult and conversing with someone your own age. Words like "television," ... read full post  |  2 comments

Initiating Paradigm-Shifting Discipleship

by Patrick Johnson  |  January 9, 2018
"What Just Happened?" - Initiating Paradigm-Shifting Discipleship By Patrick Johnson Do you ever want to break the mold? To shake it up so that the people sitting in the seats of your church sense a spiritual tremor and ask, "What just happened?" That's our vision for generosity at GenerousChurch. We want to equip church leaders like you to unleash generous disciples. The Reality of Jesus' Earthly Discipleship I ... read full post

Discovering A New Big Idea

by Patrick Johnson  |  December 13, 2017
Discovering A New Big Idea By Patrick Johnson Compelling Strategy. Maximized Leverage. Bold Vision. Effective Mission. These big ideas are an integral part of church life. In fact, it's likely that you've talked about one or more of them as a part of your church's vital conversations even in the past month. And, all of these ideas share a common denominator: they necessitate fundraising. Are you planning a new ... read full post

Giving Might Be the Most Neglected and Least Modeled Spiritual Gift in the Western Church

by Randy Alcorn  |  November 15, 2017
Below is an excerpt from the new edition of Randy Alcorn's book, The Treasure Principle, which I've tweaked a little for the purposes of this blog. I hope you enjoy it. PJ In Romans 12, Paul lists seven spiritual gifts, including prophecy, serving, teaching, mercy, and giving. I'm convinced that of all these gifts, giving is the one least thought about and talked about in the Western church, and perhaps in the ... read full post

How to Reset the Industrial Vision of Ministry

by Patrick Johnson  |  October 17, 2017
From across the country, I've been hearing one central theme voiced by leaders in churches—"I am tired of fundraising." Good leaders know that there is a better way—a way that is more biblical and follows the heart of God versus one that is more businesslike and follows the ways of man. Dangers of an Industrial Vision I believe an "industrial vision of ministry" built on the wisdom of this world is ... read full post

How the Culture of Generosity Is Changing

by Patrick Johnson  |  September 12, 2017
Do you ever have those sweet moments of gratefulness when God confirms that He is expanding and growing His Church? I had one of those moments recently, and I have to share it with you. In August, I spent two days in the Kansas City, MO area conducting back-to-back interviews with church leaders who had spent anywhere from 7 months to 3 years intentionally integrating whole-life generosity into their churches. It ... read full post

What’s Your Game Plan? Personal and Cultural Balance in Ministry

by Scott Ridout  |  August 16, 2017
A Note from Patrick Johnson: This excellent article from my friend, Scott Ridout, fits perfectly into the mission and message of GenerousChurch. It highlights the importance of ministry balance and communication as we all seek to have overflowing lives of generosity. I hope that it's encouraging to you as we launch into a busy Fall season What's Your Game Plan? Personal and Cultural Balance in Ministry The call ... read full post

The Heart Antidote to Soft Prosperity

by Patrick Johnson  |  July 11, 2017
In her book Blessed, Kate Bowler unpacks the history of the prosperity gospel over the last 100 years. She points out that over the last 15 years, due in part to the public implosions of prosperity advocates (think Tammy Faye and Jim Bakker), the prosperity gospel has morphed to become more socially acceptable. Kate calls this "soft prosperity." Soft Prosperity Defined Soft prosperity is a mixture of ... read full post  |  2 comments
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