A simple reflection from somebody who knows a thing or two about quarantine.
I keep thinking of you. The afternoon doldrums take over my thoughts, and there you are. The reaches of the night find me restless, so I pray for you. I pray for your family. I pray for new mercies and for shalom.
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Let’s not beat around the bush. It doesn’t cost anything to say church mission is a priority. Talk is cheap; and frankly, mission-talk preaches really well.
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I have a nerdy dream to write, sing and produce a hit song about the heart of the matter when it comes to stewardship. Once it goes platinum, everyone will know what stewardship is really about. Sing it with me!
Budget shortfalls are like death and taxes… you can count on them. Okay, maybe they’re not
exactly the same level of doom, but for many churches, deficits feel tragically inevitable!
If your church has a plan to close its budget gap, I’d love to hear about it! Even more, I’d love to help share it with other churches – so let me know!
But sans any plans, here are a few potential strategies off the top of my head…
“When it comes to discipleship we say, “Pray, fast, read and worship to grow in faith, obedience and fellowship with God.” My question is, “Why not include giving?”
A young pastor recently said to me, “Two-thirds of our church’s members are 65 years and older. What I want to know is this… Once they’re gone, where is all their wealth going?”
Whoa! Now there’s a question that doesn’t get asked every day!
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Who doesn’t like a little swag? “Ooh, a foam can cooler,” you squeal — except you don’t actually use them.
We call giving “a privilege” or “a responsibility” or “an aspiration.”
But the not-so-subtle message we send to our members says it’s a duty. That’s right, the same rationale we use for getting a root canal gets applied to giving.
What if we could change the narrative from “gotta” to “get to” give?