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Why Best Practices Fail

Most church leaders are on a continual search for “best practices.” We want the simple, straight-forward, plug-and-play solution to move the ball ahead. So, we pursue blogs, attend conferences, read books, and ask our pastor friends what they are doing that works so well. These “best practices” are brought to our teams and distributed for […]

Talk About Giving So People Won’t Tune You Out

Money is one of the most prominent life topics, so why are church leaders so shy to broach the subject? Just peruse the internet for the biggest headlines and you will discover topics like the economy, government waste, Wall Street roller coaster, countless articles on how to earn money quick and easy, or how to feel better about […]

Church Budgeting: Pain or Pleasure

(Previously seen on FactsandTrends.net) The church budgeting process does not rank high on the list of the most motivating and inspiring experiences in a minister’s life. Pastors will line up to deliver a message, shepherd the hurting, pray for the wayward, and lead the body forward. However, if a pastor lays awake at night dreaming […]

When A Cash Flow Surplus May Not Be Good

I should probably start by making it clear that a baseline for me is for churches to experience a minimum of 10% surplus in revenue every year with 50% of the income arriving through digital channels. When a church is moving towards 20% surplus and 80% being received digitally, it gets real fun! However, I […]

Vision for a Stewardship Ministry

Stewardship ministries are quickly popping up across the country. Recently, I was at an event dedicated to the craft of stewardship with over 100 staff coordinators and volunteers. It was an exciting experience to see so many pioneers in the room. Stewardship ministries have several challenges to gaining lift. First, there are very few models. […]

The Best Money Conversation

Recently I had the privilege of launching a Generosity Culture session with a pastor who is leading one of the most successful churches in his state. Over the years they have grown from a few hundred to thousands of people generating millions of annual income. You would think that this kind of numeric success would […]