How to Keep from Running a Deficit in Your Church
Mar04

How to Keep from Running a Deficit in Your Church

So, how’s your church budget doing this year? It’s March now, which means it’s also a good time to look at church finances. You can probably already tell what kind of start the church is off too. Granted, January and February are not strong months for offerings, historically. However, you can take this into account and make some adjustments if you need to. If you’re off to a better year than anticipated, praise...

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Who is Most Generous?

Recently, the Chronicle of Philanthropy published it’s study on charitable giving. As is often the case, data beats stereotypes when it comes to generosity. Here are some quotes from their study: “Religion has a big influence on giving patterns. Regions of the country that are deeply religious are more generous than those that are not. Two of the top nine states—Utah and Idaho—have high numbers of Mormon residents, who...

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Is Generosity a Sign of Spiritual Maturity?
Apr12

Is Generosity a Sign of Spiritual Maturity?

And now, for our controversial post of the week The subject of money is inappropriately taboo in some churches. Preachers feel awkward talking about it, Christians feel awkward listening to it, and often the result is a lack of teaching on this vital aspect of discipleship. Jesus obviously speaks of it often. He says our heart will be where our treasure is and that we can’t serve both God and money. He praises the widow for her...

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Biblical Economics – Generosity Isn’t Just for the Rich
Nov13

Biblical Economics – Generosity Isn’t Just for the Rich

Generosity isn’t just for the rich. Preachers who encourage those who have less not to give do a a great disservice to the Kingdom. Of course God commands those who are rich to radical generosity. He does the same for those who have less. Generosity is the call of every Christian, and God uses it to transform every Christian. Sacrificial generosity is that which is most pleasing to God. Jesus said as much in the story of the...

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Downsizing our Giving

The Barna Group has released a new study of the impact of recent economic events on giving and other behaviors. Click here to read the report. In summary, it says people have dramatically downsized their giving throughout the recent economic events–in some cases regardless of any real economic impact to them personally. In their interpretation of the study, David Kinnaman writes: “It is true that many Americans are living on...

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