Episode 63: What Does Extravagant Generosity Look Like for Your City?

In this episode of the Generosity Podcast, Todd McMichen is joined by David Dykes, lead pastor of Green Acres Baptist Church in Tyler, TX. During their conversation they discuss how the church should be known as the most generous organization in the city. Best Quotes “We challenge our members to go into the community and […]

Rating Your Church’s Debt

Church debt can be a polarizing topic. Some are staunchly against it, viewing it as sin. While others are ok to engage some debt even though they would rather not. It feels necessary and practical. I have seen debt bind, divide, and kill a church. I have also seen it propel a ministry forward with […]

Vlog: When Is Church Debt Okay?

How do I know when it’s okay for my church to engage in debt? Some of you are cringing at the thought of even engaging in church debt. We all want to be debt free, but that’s not always the opportunity. Consider these questions: Is your current debt at 1x your annual income or less? […]

5 Digital Giving Moments Every Sunday

Leading a powerful digital giving response is both science and art. After watching hours of online services here are some best practices that church leaders need to consider. You want to provide multiple touches with repeated communication to be successful. Be mindful that you have no idea how many distractions you may be battling on […]

7 Keys to a Strong Offering Time During an Online Service

I’m inspired by how the local church is responding to this new COVID-19 ministry season. At first it was unsettling as we walked through the reaction stage two weeks ago. Pastor after pastor was going live and communicating a brand new plan as changes were being forced upon us in uncontrollable ways. Then we moved […]

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 […]

Deficit Thinking Is A Generosity Killer

Have you ever noticed how financial fear creeps into our leadership decisions? It even portrays itself as wise, sound, and prudent. We feel that protecting our resources and people are some of the highest callings of pastoral ministry. Yet, I have seen generosity potential limited again and again. Here is what deficit thinking often sounds […]

Vlog: Soul Generosity

If I wanted to begin a healthy stewardship and generosity culture in my church, I wouldn’t talk about money. I would want to introduce the topic as an attribute of discipleship. We call that Soul Generosity. God is an unbelievably generous God that is there for us and receives us over and over again. And […]