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When A Resource Surplus Is Normal

Let’s begin with an assumption. Every church should, as a norm, experience a continual surplus of resources. Financial shortage, stress, or cut backs should not be normal. Actually, the only time a church should experience a shortage of resources is during times of uncontrollable crisis like a devastating storm or significant economic downfall. A normal […]
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Money Sins of Jesus’ Disciples

I know this may be hard to fathom. It may even be hard to contemplate, but Jesus’ disciples did not always address the issue of money properly. Somehow just typing this makes me feel uncomfortable. Surely the people Jesus led the strongest certainly could not have been found to have failed with money that was […]
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Watch Your Generosity Language

Simply put, words are one of the most powerful leadership tools one can possess. They are free and there are a ton of them. On top of that, most leaders have been speaking words for decades. Thousands of them daily. You would think with such a high competency for speaking, mixed with a vast volume […]
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Most Generous Cities in America

A few years ago I remember reading a report about the most generous cities in America. It caught my interest because my home city of Birmingham, AL was ranked #3. Recently, I did some research to see how, not only my city, but others were doing. Much to my amazement I discovered multiple data points […]
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Generosity Begins in the Parking Lot

Originally on guestexperiencedesign.com I have been consistently attending weekend worship services for nearly 40 years. My personal experience extends beyond more state lines than I would like to count.  I feel like I have seen it all, though I am sure I haven’t. Never the less, I have been to church in a school, home, […]
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A Culture of Beggars Versus Choosers

Every church has culture. Your culture is undeniable. In fact, it is unstoppable! This is both good and bad news. If you have focused on developing a healthy culture, then you should be reaping some amazing benefits. However, if you have just allowed culture to happen, you may be experiencing some pain. To best understand […]
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Giving Can Make You Happy

Originally published in Facts & Trends Over the past few years I have read several research projects that directly link the experience of giving to the feeling of happiness. Some of these projects have been extremely impressive in depth and focus. For instance, one found that giving a material gift certainly elicits positive emotions in […]
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Generosity For Everyone

It doesn’t matter how old we are or how much we earn, we all can live generously in whatever stage we are in. But don’t just take my word for it, let’s look at a few examples in the Bible for inspiration. The boy with the fishes and loaves (John 6:1-14). While I am not […]
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