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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

Seeing the Generosity of Jesus More Clearly: The Process

by Patrick Johnson  |  June 7, 2017
Back in 2003, I gave my life to spreading the message of biblical generosity through a conviction. This conviction has faithfully driven me over the last 10 years in my work, and it will not let me go. I come back to it whenever I feel I've lost my way. Randy Alcorn sums up this conviction when he writes: "Stare at Jesus long enough and you will become a giver. Give long enough and you will become more like Christ." ... read full post

Infographic – 9 Resets to Grow a Generous Church

June 7, 2017
Generosity Reset Infographic To build an authentic culture of generosity in our churches, we must understand the challenges and mindsets, realize how we need to change as leaders, and commit to model that Jesus gave us in His life and Word. In the infographic below, we provide a quick glance at these issues and offer help to move from fundraising to disciple-making in the local church. Please also share your thoughts ... read full post

Watch the Kindrid Webinar on "Overspent to Overflow"

May 16, 2017
In case you missed Patrick Johnson's appearance on the Kindrid Smart Giving Webinar Series on "Overspent to Overflow - unleashing generous disciples in a me-first culture", you can watch the conversation on the Kindrid website. As a special offer, Kindrid wants to introduce you their giving platform. Developed out of a deep partnership with Life.Church, Kindrid equips churches with text, online, and in-app giving all ... read full post

The Power of One Good Idea

by Patrick Johnson  |  May 10, 2017
In his book, The Divine Conspiracy, Dallas Willard lays out a case for the power of ideas to impact the world over long periods of time - "...But world as well as individual events ride upon the waters of an ideational sea. The killing fields of Cambodia come from philosophical discussions in Paris." Willard lays out a compelling case that ideas, rather than self-interest, gradually shape individuals and entire ... read full post

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
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