Lessons from a Lutheran

Lessons from a Lutheran

Recently I was at a nationwide conference on giving and philanthropy. One of the panel discussions included the CEO of Mariott, Arne Sorenson, who was available to answer questions about his views on faith and giving. Sorenson is a good Lutheran. He shared that...
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...