What’s THE Most Important Stewardship Job Ever?

It’s not the person who collects the money, counts the money or deposits the money. It’s not the person who heads up the annual campaign or chooses a stewardship theme.   It’s not the person who tallies or takes the spiritual gifts inventory, or who pledges their...

Why Churches are Poor

At a recent clergy retreat I attended, we prayed a prayer that went something like this:  “O Lord, keep us far from the riches of the world.”  Each of us was sincere in our prayers. Later it occurred to me that God is indeed answering that prayer!  Many churches find...

How the Church Gets Happiness Right and Wrong

What makes for happiness?  The Beatitudes capture Jesus’ apocalyptic teaching on happiness or blessedness.  Blessed or happy are the poor in spirit, those who mourn, those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, the merciful, the pure in heart, the meek, the...

When People Push Back on Your Vision

Inspiration has finally hit.  You’ve prayed.  You’ve listened to your congregation.  You’ve surveyed the community.  Now, guided by the Holy Spirit, in consultation with trusted leaders, you have crafted a bold, inspiring, kingdom-oriented vision.   You’ve tested your...

Mixed Messages about Money

A friend related the following story to me. “Before I left for church on Sunday, I realized it was the week to make a contribution to the church.  I hadn’t been there all month and it was time to pay my tithe. I wrote the check out ahead of time, showed up...