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An Open Letter to Pastors from Noah

An Open Letter to Pastors from Noah

Article Type: Pastor to Pastor

A simple reflection from somebody who knows a thing or two about quarantine.

Dear pastor,

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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My Nerdy (Stewardship) Dream

My Nerdy (Stewardship) Dream

Article Type: Pastor to Pastor

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!

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Trouble Meeting Your Budget? Try Pew Rentals!

Trouble Meeting Your Budget? Try Pew Rentals!

Article Type: Pastor to Pastor

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…

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Where Is Their Wealth Going?

Where Is Their Wealth Going?

Article Type: Pastor to Pastor

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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Does Jesus Want Me to Buy My Friends?

Does Jesus Want Me to Buy My Friends?

Article Type: Pastor to Pastor

“Come again, Jesus? You’re pushing swag? To influence people? A bit unseemly, wouldn’t you say?

“I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.” (Luke 16:9, NIV)

Who doesn’t like a little swag? “Ooh, a foam can cooler,” you squeal — except you don’t actually use them.

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Three Ways to Turn Giving Into Ministry

Three Ways to Turn Giving Into Ministry

Article Type: Pastor to Pastor

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?

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