When Changes Happen

When Changes Happen

For three years Adrienne has been giving $60 each week to her church family. We are thankful for such people. Then one day we discover that Adrienne left us a check for $1,000. How would your church respond? First of all, you should respond. If that means the...
Birds and Budgets

Birds and Budgets

Richard Schnase, in his book Practicing Extravagant Generosity, tells of watching a hawk one day as it carried a stick to build its nest. He reflected that, in truth, a bird never builds a nest for itself, only for its young. All the work, worry, and watching is for...
A Giving Snapshot

A Giving Snapshot

According to the statistics for 2015 at the Philanthropy Roundtable, this is a snapshot for giving in the United States:Various research tells us the average United Methodist member gives around 2.5-3.0 percent of annual income or around $1800-$2400 each year.The next...
The Gift That Keeps on Giving

The Gift That Keeps on Giving

A question: Would you like to continue making your church pledge after you die? Don’t laugh. That is a question myself, and other pastors, have asked folks. Let’s use this example: A beautiful soul named Emily has been giving the church $2,000 per year for several...
Barely Enough

Barely Enough

One thing we know about churches is they barely have enough money. If they are declining churches they barely have enough money. If they are strong thriving churches they barely have enough money.  In both cases the needs are larger than the budgets. I have pastored...