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The Generosity Practices of Christian Sand Castle Builders

by Patrick Johnson  |  April 9, 2019
>>>Be sure and watch this month's video clip below from Patrick Johnson on this blog topic.<<< In Matthew Chapter 7, Jesus said that when we hear His words but don't put them into practice, it's like we're building our houses on sand. As someone who studies generosity practices, I can tell you that among western Christians, particularly in churches in the United States, I see a lot of expert ... read full post

The Greatest Threat to Western Christianity

by Patrick Johnson  |  March 1, 2019
>>>Be sure and watch this month's video clip below from Patrick Johnson on this blog topic.<<<I’ve been reading a book by Australian pastor Mark Sayers, and this question is asked: What's the greatest threat to Christianity in the West today? Mark’s answer to the question is surprising. Instead of “institutionalization,” which is a common lament in church growth circles, he says ... read full post

The Best Strategy for Creating Generous Tithers

by Patrick Johnson  |  February 15, 2019
>>>Be sure and watch this month's video clip below from Patrick Johnson on this blog topic.<<< Often I get this question from pastors: “What would happen if everybody in my church just tithed?” I understand the motivation behind that question. If everyone tithed, we would have more money to do ministry and impact the Kingdom. But I think a more appropriate question to ask is, “What ... read full post

Three Ways to Combat Greed in Our Affluent Culture

by Patrick Johnson  |  January 7, 2019
>>>Be sure and watch this month's video clip below from Patrick Johnson on this blog topic.<<< In a recent GenerousChurch Webinar I spoke about the confluence of two big ideas and their relevance in our lives today. The first idea is this: Pastor Tim Keller says that Jesus talked about greed and materialism much more often than other types of sin. And when you survey the book of Luke, it’s easy ... read full post

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

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
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