The Troubled Future of the Methodists, living on hope

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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...

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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

Four strategies for the acquisition of new church members

While there is no way to put a pricetag on a soul, church members have value. Sadly, prophet and profit can be confused, leading to either mismanagement of true wealth or unwise practices that would bankrupt most businesses. In the current environment, we need to be as savvy as serpents ...
November 03, 2014   Phil Wood

Report: Leadership Network/Vanderbloemen Group‘s new salary survey

For church pastors wanting to maximize their incomes, it may be of no surprise that they should attach themselves to a large church. A new survey reports that, “Our big finding is that for large churches, church size overwhelmingly influences salary.”
September 09, 2014   Ronald Keener

Money and Your Ministry Book Review

Balance the Books While Keeping Your Balance
August 12, 2014   David Bowman

Help your people relate to money all year long

Stewardship is about far more than one or two Sundays a year. It is not simply supporting the budget. Rather, it is a ministry to help people learn about their relationship to money, and to other ways they can give. Encouraging financial giving to the ministry of the church is ...
June 20, 2014   Margaret Marcuson

Eight common money questions pastors ask

Because my background lends itself to such interaction, I have informally counseled hundreds of ministers about financial matters. In addition to a business degree with a double major in finance and economics, I served as a corporate banker before answering God’s call to vocational ministry. I have been a pastor, ...
February 27, 2014   Thom Rainer

Christian CEOs: Don’t settle for giving money

Leadership Principle #48:  The best kind of corporate giving is when it’s part of your strategic model and not simply an investment in positive PR.    “They asked only that we would remember the poor, which I made every effort to do.”  – Gal. 2:10In 1789, young William Wilberforce forfeited ...
February 03, 2014   Tom Harper

Four secrets for enjoying your stewardship campaign

Are you in the middle of your annual stewardship campaign? Are you having a good time? Sometimes budget woes, a history of conflict about money, or a pastor’s reluctance to ask people to give can make this time of year a little grim. Or the busyness of the fall start-up ...
October 23, 2013   Margaret Marcuson
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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.