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 […]

Giving Heroes In Genesis

I get so inspired when I think about how the Bible leads with the generosity story right from the very beginning. It doesn’t arrive after the law or when the Temple needs to be built. The Bible just starts with it from the very first family. Here are a few giving heroes that can inspire […]

How to Inspire a Giving Spirit in Your Church

Giving is one of the most important disciplines in the life of the local church. It is important for discipleship because it increases an individual’s faith and usefulness. Generosity is important for families because kids raised in generous homes are more likely to live generously as adults. Finally, giving is critical to carry on the […]

Podcast: Episode 3- The Power of Telling a Great Generosity Story, Brad Formsma

In this episode of the Generosity Podcast, Todd McMichen is joined by Brad Formsma, author and founder of I Like Giving. During their conversation, they discuss how to inspire generosity. Best Quotes “We started with capturing short giving stories that showed the generous life from so many different perspectives, and the world responded.” “We know […]

Podcast: Episode 2- Is It Generosity, Stewardship, Fund Raising or Discipleship?

In this episode of the Generosity Podcast, Todd McMichen is joined by Gunnar Johnson, longtime Stewardship Pastor at Gateway Church in Dallas, TX, author, and speaker. Gunnar is the founder of Learn Generosity and currently serves as the Executive VP at MortarStone. During their conversation, they discuss when churches should consider starting a stewardship ministry. […]

Chasing Wrong Financial Goals

If I were to think through some of the more common personal financial objectives repeated in the church, I am pretty confident of a couple that would rank high on the list. Meaning that, if I were to list the most common financial goals that are often repeated across the nation in financial small groups, […]

Avoiding the Cash Flow Crisis

Vision proceeds at the speed of resources. Think about that for a moment. Here are some statements commonly heard in church planning sessions: “If only we had the resources, we could (fill in the blank).” Or, “We would do more, but the money just isn’t there.” Or, “We can’t. I wish we could, but cash […]