(Part 1) Pathways to Generosity

Does your congregation struggle to explain, model or implement a “culture of generosity?” Many find that all of the talk about...

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Not All Thank Yous Are Created Equal: Your Approach Matters

This isn’t the first time I’ve written about the value of saying thank you. I talk frequently about the importance of sharing stories...

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Are You Building Trust with Your Givers?

The concept of stewardship is more than preparing numbers from your balance sheet or reporting how many kids have been served this year....

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Normalizing Conversations About Money Through Small Groups

Many pastors feel uneasy about bringing up the topic of money. You might get brave enough to talk about it during November as part of an...

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The Offering as Worship in our Electronic Age

How do you handle the offering invitation in this electronic age? Is it a worshipful expression of our love and gratitude for God?...

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Imperfect Allies

The great theologian Dave Chappelle introduced a concept that made me laugh out loud when he spoke about imperfect allies. In his most...

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A Holistic Look at Stewardship: Why Money Isn’t the Only Thing We Steward

I often find myself speaking about financial stewardship in churches, synod leadership events, and other faith-related gatherings. In these...

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Church Members Need More Giving Options

Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 2...

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Stewardship: Where’s the Love?

The hearts-and-flowers, warm-fuzzy-feeling Valentine’s Day that we experience is vastly different than the festivals connected with these...

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20 Ideas for How to Do Ministry with Zero Dollars

The work of building stewardship in our lives, in our ministries and in our churches means different things to different people. Some...

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