Best Financial Year Ever

Have you ever dreamed what it would be like for your church to have its best financial year ever? I know dreaming about finances typically does not rank high on too many pastors lists. When you think of church finances “nightmare” might be the more appropriate word. Now, your finances may not be in bad […]

Giving Can Make You Happy

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 the depth and focus. For instance, one found that giving a material gift certainly elicits positive emotions in the receiver of the gift. […]

Vlog: The Generosity Crisis, Part 2

Now that we know what we learned about generosity in, The Generosity Crisis, Part 1, how does the church respond? Most people don’t show up to church with cash or a checkbook prepared for offering. They also aren’t attending church as frequently as they did in the past. By addressing these three opportunities you can […]

Podcast Episode 42: How Financial Freedom Empowers Ministry

In this episode of the Generosity Podcast, Todd McMichen is joined by Gunnar Johnson, former Stewardship Pastor, author, and President of Learn Generosity. During their conversation, they discuss the power of freedom affecting church ministry. Best Quotes “The ideal position for someone is out of debt, living with margin, having a good savings, but also […]

Born to Be Generous

You can’t stop generosity! It is natural, normal, and wired into the existence of every human being. So why are we so nervous about it at church? Give these thoughts some significant time to brew and see if they do not inspire, affirm, and empower a new direction. God is a generous God. He is […]

Vlog: The Generosity Crisis, Part 1

In 1974, 51% of all charitable contributions went to the local church. In 2014, just 33% of all charitable contributions went to the local church. Charitable giving is up across the country in all areas, except in the local church. But this generosity crisis is not a money problem, it’s a discipleship problem.

Eye Opening Facts From Barna on Church Planting Finances

In 2016 the Barna Group along with Thrivent Financial released a report entitled “Church Start-Ups and Money.” Generosity by LifeWay is actively involved in speaking, training, and supporting the work of church planters. Their financial challenges are front and center to us. Here are some of the more intriguing findings in the report. To be […]

Discipling High Capacity Givers

As a pastor, I have consistently provided small group opportunities to help Christians struggling with debt. It has been a high priority to put them on the path to financial freedom with the application of biblical principles in money management.  In recent years, I’ve noticed a lack of these kind of discipleship opportunities for believers […]