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

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

Fighting Against Snapchat Disciples

by GenerousChurch  |  December 8, 2015

School-aged boys in Jesus’s day (back in the old days) were known and even expected to memorize the entire Jewish Bible (the Tanakh or the Old Testament). If they wanted to be chosen to follow any of the leading Rabbis, they would have to demonstrate this incredible ability. I – on the other hand – often have trouble remembering how old I am and the last four digits of my social security number. ... read full post

Praying for a Good Time

by GenerousChurch  |  November 11, 2015

I don’t know that any of this will make sense. But, if it’s going to have chance, you’ll have to read this quote slowly and carefully.

“We tend to use prayer as a last resort, but God wants it to be our first line of defense. We pray when there's nothing else we can do, but God wants us to pray before we do anything at all.

Most of us would prefer, however, to spend our time ... read full post

A Primer for Servant Living

by GenerousChurch  |  October 6, 2015

“There is nothing more beautiful than someone who goes out of their way to make life beautiful for others.” ― Mandy Hale


There are beautiful life moments that happen around us all of the time.

- A doctor doesn’t charge a patient who can’t afford insurance.

- ... read full post

The Art of Biblical Hospitality

by GenerousChurch  |  September 23, 2015

As children, we often heard the warning, “Don’t talk to strangers.” We were taught about stranger danger and the dreaded consequences of getting too close to those we didn’t know. And as a parent, I taught my children the same things. “If someone stops their car and tries to talk to you, come in and get me immediately!” “Don’t ever get into the car with someone that ... read full post

Ashley Madison and the Way of Generosity

by GenerousChurch  |  August 26, 2015

Over the past few days, we’ve started to see “the list.” Chances are, you’ve already looked or you’ve been curious. After all, it’s a soap opera that’s come into all of our lives. We want to know who has fallen and some are tempted to spread the word … even cloaking our gossip in the language of prayer. “Please pray for Bill, Mike, Amy and their families, ... read full post

Using Generosity as a Gateway to Discipleship

by GenerousChurch  |  August 11, 2015

Terrace Lake Community Church is on a mission to make disciples. This young, innovative church in Columbus, Indiana has seen steady growth over the last few years, including baptizing 24 new believers last year alone. But, as their mission statement clearly reflects, loving people into God’s family is not the end goal for Terrace Lake. They want to unleash disciples who look like Jesus in their daily ... read full post

The Joy of Sacrificing for the Future

by GenerousChurch  |  July 28, 2015

South Florida is known for a lot of things…swamps, beaches, Disney World and retirees. But Idlewild Baptist Church is doing its part to make South Florida known for increasing levels of generosity.

Case in point. A man in the church (who wishes to remain anonymous) dropped out of school after the eighth grade to go to work. His prospects for landing a dream job at that point were pretty low. In ... read full post

Capturing the Hearts and Imaginations of our Children

by GenerousChurch  |  May 20, 2015

Five-year-old Josiah Duncan of Prattville, Alabama was recently taken aback when he saw a homeless man come into the local Waffle House. Naturally, he did what five-year-old kids do…stare and start asking his mom questions.

All of us who have children have been in similar situations. We tell them not to stare, because it’s rude. We ask them to speak quietly, because their questions might be ... read full post

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