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

The First Step to a Refreshed, Overflowing Life

by Patrick Johnson  |  March 14, 2017
Think of the most generous person you know. In your mind's eye picture their face. What do you see? Meet Catherine I want you to meet one of the most generous people I know — Catherine. In Catherine's face, I see joy, delight, excitement and authenticity. Catherine works in a bakery. In the pre-dawn hours every morning you'll find her kneading bread, all the while faithfully mixing in prayers for her customers. ... read full post  |  1 comments

How do I lead my church to be more generous?

by GenerousChurch  |  May 25, 2016

In the life of every congregation, there are occasional “accelerants” that can advance the mission of the church rapidly and well beyond the typical speed of ministry. These accelerants are often described with words like:

Ignite Thrust Fast-forward Double-time Advance Stimulate Hasten Quicken

For example, throughout the history of the Church, church planting has been considered an ... read full post

What if my Generosity is Misused?

by John Richardson  |  April 21, 2016

A young mother came to our church needing assistance. She had four kids by two different men, and her current husband was abusing the entire family—physically and emotionally. Through some personal connections, she found our church, and we found her a new place to live. Not only did she have a chance to start over, but we also found her a job at a partnering church’s child development center.

Over ... read full post

To Have and to Hold...or Give

by GenerousChurch  |  April 7, 2016

“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” – George Bernard Shaw

What do you do when you don’t see eye-to-eye with your spouse about giving?

If this is the biggest struggle you have in your marriage, pat yourself on the back and take the rest of the day off. You have my permission. You may want to check with your spouse (and boss) ... read full post

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