Reducing tithe when money is tight

Once a month I conduct mentoring retreats for pastors we call “A Time of Refreshing.” Its intent is to provide a time of encouragement and renewal for ministers. Participants occasionally email me seeking counsel on ministry issues.

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7 traits of churches with increasing per-member giving

One of the key metrics of financial giving in a church is per-member donations. The important question for congregations to consider is—what is the average giving by each member (or attendee)? Since overall weekly giving is often masked by fluctuations in attendance and membership, the most effective measure is to ...
January 28, 2016   Thom Rainer

5 unhealthy leadership structures

Is there a hint of these five unhealthy leadership forms in your church? Jim Barber shows you what to look for. (Jim Barber teaching at the Society for Church Consulting Training Summit in 2014.)
January 25, 2016  

7 characteristics of policy governance

Moving from the board making all the decisions to allowing staff ownership in the process is a challenge. Jim Barber gives insight to ease this transition. (Jim Barber teaching at the Society for Church Consulting Training Summit in 2014.)
January 18, 2016  

Trust economics: Finding balance between board and staff

How do you build trust between a church staff and board? Jim Barber addresses this concern from his experience consulting with churches across the country. (Jim Barber teaching at the Society for Church Consulting Training Summit in 2014.)
January 12, 2016  

Who makes the decisions?

Has your church staff or lay leaders ever experienced stress from the decision-making process at your church? Jim Barber shares about the frustration between a church staff and board when it comes to decision-making. (Jim Barber teaching at the Society for Church Consulting Training Summit in 2014.)
January 06, 2016  

6 trends for 2016 and beyond

I am not a prophet, neither am I the son of one. But I have watched several trends over the last decade which I expect will accelerate in 2016 and assume greater significance in the last half of the current decade. 1. Accelerating closure of churches that would be museums ...
January 04, 2016   Bud Brown

Book review: Has your church done an audit lately?

No one ever says, “I wish I could be on the church audit committee.” Yet auditors play essential role in congregational life. Financial accountability is a critical role in ministry, and it can help people follow appropriate procedures when they know they will be held accountable In addition, people are ...
December 15, 2015   Margaret Marcuson

Church, how boring can it get?

Pretty boring as it turns out. "Rubber-stamped," some have called it.   It’s regrettable that many people in ministry can’t figure out how to keep their fires of creativity burning or even get them started. Does your leadership value imagination? In position descriptions for churches, I see the same statements repeated ...
November 22, 2015   Doug Lawrence

9 proven ways to keep money flowing THROUGH your church

Churches aren’t about hoarding money. They are about flow-through integrity in handling God’s resources. Flow-through? Yes, if one gives a church money, whether as a tithe on a regular basis or because they acquire a passion for some program or project, their expectation is that the church will use the money ...
October 21, 2015   Doug Lawrence

For whose benefit are you building?

Before embarking on a building project, I think ministry and church leadership should ask themselves some hard questions. Gone are the days of “if you build it they will come.” I think I’ve heard all the arguments and reasons that people should support a building or capital project. We usually ...
October 16, 2015   Dave Blundell

How to avoid a ministry disaster

The group of leaders finally reached their goal. The down payment for the new building had been raised and they were ready to sign the loan papers. Dreams of the new facility danced in each board member's mind. Waiting in the vice president's outer office to sign the papers, everyone ...
September 09, 2015   Jeff Klick

Find the starting point in order to make changes

Jim Barber discusses important questions to ask when approaching a transition in church governance. Discover what obstacles you may face depending on your church's background. (Jim Barber teaching at the Society for Church Consulting Training Summit in 2014.)
September 04, 2015  

What is governance?

Jim Barber breaks down the definition of governance and explains the elements tied to church leadership structure. (Jim Barber teaching at the Society for Church Consulting Training Summit in 2014.)
August 25, 2015  

3 snapshots of unhealthy churches

Can we spend money on new carpet? Jim Barber shares real stories from churches he consulted and the passion for taking them toward next steps in leadership structure. (Jim Barber teaching at the Society for Church Consulting Training Summit in 2014.)
August 17, 2015  
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Church giving is a critical part of Christian discipleship. Financial concerns, budgeting, tithing, and offerings are all important parts of church life.

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