Our Complicated History With Church Money

Many pastors tell me they hate fundraising. I think there’s a legitimate reason for that. You see, the call of the pastor is to cast, carry, and shepherd the vision of the church. Meanwhile, it seems that the call of the fundraiser is to merely collect funds when resources are low. It can then be […]

Why the Tithing Message Is Short-Sighted

I believe in tithing, sort of. Now, let me explain. There is a good bit of debate as to many aspects of tithing. First of all, not all pastors believe the Old Testament law of tithing – donating 10% of personal income – still applies today to modern believers. Next, studies have shown that many […]

Episode 88: The Most Important Giving Stats that No One Is Measuring

In this episode of the Generosity Podcast, Rob Dupree and Michael Baker are joined by Meagan Brown, former pastor of stewardship. During their conversation, they discuss important statistical trends in giving. Best Quotes “Numbers tell a story and they mean something to God.” “Numbers help us look at things through a navigational lens of where […]

8 Tips To Collect A Virtual Offering 24/7

I cut my teeth on ministry back in the 1980’s and the offering was way different decades ago. There were no handheld digital devices and the church had yet to experience several public financial scandals that would prove to have lasting effects on how the church would receive generosity.  When I began my first vocational […]

Episode 87: Is Pastoring a Sustainable Ministry?

In this episode of the Generosity Podcast, Rob Dupree and Michael Baker are joined by Matt Henslee, Pastor of Mayhill Baptist Church in New Mexico. During their conversation, they discuss the sustainability of pastoring, especially in the church, for years to come. Best Quotes “Small churches care about the mission of God and care about […]

3 Steps to Grow a Generous Staff Team

Every pastor I meet desires his church to grow in generosity. Who wouldn’t desire more resources to accomplish more vision? But what is the secret? How do I take steps in the right direction, experiencing a generosity overflow without talking about money all the time? Here is what we know about generous churches, they are […]

Episode 52: Talking About Money Without Wearing Out Your Welcome

Note: As we wrap up 2020, we will be revisiting our most popular podcasts of the year. This week we are revisiting our conversation with Gary Montgomery. In this episode of the Generosity Podcast, Todd McMichen is joined by Gary Montgomery, Executive Director of Compass-Kentucky. During their conversation, they discuss the tension of needing resources […]

Six Steps to Getting Million Dollar Ready

Every pastor dreams of what it would be like to receive a financial gift that would transform the future of the church. For many large institutions a legacy gift or transformative gift is considered to be $1,000,000 or more. A study conducted by Indiana University, Lily School of Philanthropy, focused its attention not on motivations […]