Your Church—Machine or Garden?

by Patrick Johnson  |  October 4, 2018
>>>Be sure and watch this month's video clip below from Patrick Johnson on this blog topic.<<<Here’s an odd question—is your church more like a “machine” or is it more like a “garden”? Let me explain what I mean. GenerousChurch helps churches build and thrive within a culture of whole-life generosity. For 15 years, I’ve watched church leaders tackle their ... read full post  |  2 comments

Spotlighting Whole-Life Generosity in the Early Church

by Patrick Johnson  |  September 6, 2018
>>>Be sure and watch this month's video clip below from Patrick Johnson on this blog topic.<<<Have you ever thought about the radical generosity displayed in the early church? A recent message by Tim Keller really piqued my interest. He said that secular historians of that day wondered how Christianity was able to spread so rapidly across the Roman Empire. Their research led them to identify four ... read full post

Radical Generosity is Normal Christianity - A Vision for a Generous Church

by john-rinehart  |  August 17, 2018

(Editor's Note: Special thanks to John Rinehart for this excellent article describing the nature and vision for a generous church. We wanted to share it with our GenerousChurch friends and family.) By John Rinehart More will make you happier. This is what our world preaches. Bigger, better, faster, newer is apparently the path to happiness. But if you’ve ever traveled to a third world ... read full post

The Generosity Advantages in a Small Church

by Patrick Johnson  |  August 3, 2018
>>>Be sure and watch this month's video clip below from Patrick Johnson on this blog topic.<<<Over the last 20 years, the megachurch phenomenon has garnered much attention, and imitation, within the Christian community. And there’s a lot to be said for the advantages of a larger church. Great leaders, teachers, and outreach initiatives have sprung from large churches, and I have been influenced ... read full post

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
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