The Difference Between a Giving Wave and Overflow

by Patrick Johnson  |  July 3, 2018
>>>Be sure and watch this month's video clip from Patrick Johnson below on this blog topic.<<<Here’s something that I bet you, as a church leader, have had to contend with. I know we at GenerousChurch see it all the time. In an effort to raise the generosity level within a local church family, leaders tend to gravitate toward short-term tactics and strategies that, quite frankly, find their ... read full post

The Roadblock Between Scarcity and Abundance

by Patrick Johnson  |  June 5, 2018
The Roadblock Between Scarcity and Abundance By Patrick JohnsonAs a church leader, if you knew a primary reason that kept people—including yourself—from being more generous, you'd want to share it with them, right? Of course you would. Well, let me share with you something I recently rediscovered.As we work with church leaders to unleash generous disciples, we at GenerousChurch often run across some ... read full post

Keep Company with Jesus

by Patrick Johnson  |  May 8, 2018
Keep Company with Jesus By Patrick JohnsonPause for a moment. Breathe. Reflect.Recall what it is like to sit with Jesus—to have Him speak life and health to your soul. Have you been with Him lately, listening? What did He say to your heart?At GenerousChurch, I've observed that people who practice whole-life generosity listen to Jesus. As a pastor, you are a leader. You are obedient, faithful, compassionate, and ... read full post

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
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