In the church world, the importance of giving can never be underestimated. It is hard for a church to accomplish its mission and goals if giving is not where it needs to be. Every pastor has worked on a church budget before and has probably spent hours with a finance committee deciding what to cut… Continue Reading »
Knowing where your congregation’s interests lie is an important part of the generosity equation. When you’re asking them to volunteer their time, contribute money or take part in community outreach programs, you’ll get a greater and more committed response when you ask them to do something they enjoy. Learning the activities and hobbies that are… Continue Reading »
Giving is crucial to the survival and growth of any church today. This is often not the easiest subject for a pastor to address to his or her membership, but it is one that needs prayerful and spirit-led guidance in the right timing of the message. In today’s economic culture, the average church member is… Continue Reading »
We all know pastors are gripped with an extreme fear when it comes to preaching sermons about money. They’re not afraid because they are talking about money; they’re afraid because church members usually highly dislike sermons where they feel like the pastor is trying to get them to give more, or even greater, give at… Continue Reading »
I like new experiences, and I like to share new experiences with those I care about. So, if I find cool a new technology or a great new restaurant, I talk about them and invite others to try them out with me. So naturally, when I first came to Christ and realized how awesome and… Continue Reading »
Lesley Baker shared these great tips for getting ready for the conference last year, and they’re just as relevant now with the Ideas to Impact Conference just 9 weeks away. We have revised the post to include important information for this years conference. The 2013 Ideas to Impact Conference registration is in full swing. If you’re attending the conference… Continue Reading »
Spending some time with Dave Ramsey will get you thinking about debt and credit.
Dave’s stance on giving is impressive—and taking the class has helped me understand another reason it’s so popular with churches.
Two years ago, when I was a reporter for a daily newspaper, I was talking to a man who works as a financial adviser for a nonprofit agency. He had retired early and now worked as a volunteer, helping people get their financial house in order. He knew a lot about economics, and he cheerfully told me that the recession was over.
“But when will it feel like it’s over?” I asked.
Confidently, he told me that it would no longer feel like a recession by the end of summer 2010.
I’m still waiting.