The Story Behind Your Budget

The Story Behind Your Budget

An important question: what story does your budget tell? For decades one of the most successful fund-raising organizations in America has been the Salvation Army. I have given to it and I’ll bet you have too. Here is the thing. I have never seen a budget for the...
Making a List

Making a List

Every pastor needs a list. No, not a list of those who are naughty or nice. We will leave that to the big guy in the sleigh. Every pastor needs a list of things which a generous giver might like to accomplish.Several times in my ministry someone approached me and...
The Prayer of Sustainability

The Prayer of Sustainability

Come Sunday most of us will utter a prayer as we worship together. One of the lines goes like this: “Give us this day our daily bread.” Of course, this comes from The Lord’s Prayer.One doesn’t have to be a Bible scholar to imagine that Jesus is harkening us back to...
Power Transfer

Power Transfer

Sometimes I like to toast an English muffin in the morning. I slide the halves into the toaster, wait a minute and, voila, a warm tasty treat is enjoyed. But here is the thing: My toaster doesn’t have a small generating station inside of it, nor does it have a...
Gifts from a Life Well-Lived

Gifts from a Life Well-Lived

An important question: based on the history of your congregation, do you think it likely that everyone will one day come to die?Another important question: do you think people who give generously in life would want to stop being generous at their death?A third...