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.


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  

The Troubled Future of the Methodists, living on hope

The United Methodists produced a remarkable report at its meetings in late May in Tampa that prophesied its decline and death in 15 years unless it took actions that, given the lethargy of denominations generally, is herculean in what is required to survive as a church body. The report came not ...
June 03, 2015   Ronald Keener

Why limited resources are not an excuse

Have you ever found yourself making excuses as to why your church can’t grow or be effective? As Craig Groeschel explains, having limited resources is actually an essential part of exponential innovation. Discover how to leverage limited resources to further your church’s mission. (Excerpted from the NACC conference in 2014.)
May 25, 2015  

Leading a Generous Church Book Review

Your church can grow generous disciples without chasing money.
May 05, 2015   David Bowman

Four principles to guide a wealthy Christian

Rose Greenhow, a Confederate spy during the Civil War, tried to evade capture and the loss of her fortune by sewing her gold into the seams of her dress. However, when the ship she boarded sank, the weight of the gold made it impossible for the life-preserver to support her. ...
December 16, 2014   Bob Russell
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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.