Payment from the Pews

In trying to help leaders do their work, we are often talking about how to work smarter, not harder. When it comes to leading a church, this can often be misleading. After all, much of ministry work is only possible through careful, difficult effort. Whether it's pastoral care or sermon prep, shortcuts or hacks would only lead to diminished work. [...]

How to Write an Appeal Letter for Summer Mission Trips

Don't put them to sleep. Here they come!  Support letters asking for prayer and/or financial support. For over 30 years I encouraged would-be missionaries to write them.  But now I am starting to receive them.  Heck! We all receive them...sometimes one a week.  They seem to come in endless supply from friends, family, and other relatives. Appeals for [...]

By |2019-03-01T14:32:13-06:00June 4th, 2018|Categories: Generosity|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Five Elegant Solutions to Grow Generosity

Some of you may know the acryonm KISS. I did not when it was first whispered in my ear by an unknown man about five minutes before my first sermon many years ago. He was a robed lay reader and was seated next to me. The church was filled with the good people of my first curacy in Arizona.  Ken [...]

Five Awkward Questions Your Church Needs to Answer (Part Five)

In the last few weeks we have been covering some awkward questions that often stymie leaders in congregations. Either no one thinks to ask the question or no one wants to bring it up. Here's what we've covered so far: Who Should Have Access to the Giving Records? How Much Should We Pay the Pastor? Should the Pastor Have a [...]

Five Awkward Questions Your Church Needs to Answer (Part Three)

The awkward questions are easy to ignore, but leaders can’t shy away from topics that have the potential to cripple ministry if left unaddressed. What goes unspoken can create divisions and spread distrust. Read Part Two If you haven’t caught up, here’s what we’ve discussed: In the first post, I asked the question about who should have access [...]

Ash Wednesday Excerpt: Giving Up

In Giving Up, I relate a moment from a particularly memorable Ash Wednesday. Other memories of this solemn service have been more somber, but none more soberly illustrates our 'selfie culture' or the need we have for this Lenten season that can draw us out of ourselves—if only we will let it. A few years ago, I led the Ash Wednesday [...]

The Gift of Lent

Lent begins with a necessary reminder: you are dust and to dust you shall return. In Ash Wednesday, we speak these difficult words so that we might resist the influential fictions that our daily lives impress upon us. The fiction that we are in control. That we can fix ourselves. That we were designed first and foremost to love and care [...]

It Ain’t Over…Yet

by David Roseberry I have been so grateful for the many people who have responded to the vision of Giving Up.  Several rectors have texted me and told me that the book made a difference in their thinking and in their planning for the last three months of the year. And, thankfully, in the way their church responded. One bishop [...]

Generous Resolutions

Our church year begins with Advent, but self-reflection and goal-setting are good for all of us and the turning of the calendar is as good a time as any to start. This year, why not resolve to be more generous? Lots more ideas here! As we argue in Giving Up, generosity is at the heart of the gospel. [...]

By |2019-01-08T17:27:07-06:00January 8th, 2018|Categories: For Pastors, Generosity|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Giving Even When You Receive

Last week, I talked about how to encourage generosity at the end of the year by making  Growing generosity is a part of your teaching ministry, and teachers need to be creative. We've talked about getting creative by making a Christmas Wish List for your church. It’s a way to engage the people directly with the needs of the church [...]

Make a Christmas Wish List for Your Church

We've talked a lot about increasing generosity at the end of the year. As we’ve posted elsewhere, the end of the year brings challenges. You’ve got this year’s budget gaps, next year’s budget planning, end-of-the-year appeal letters—it’s a lot. On top of that, Christmas is fast approaching. There are two temptations during seasons like this in ministry. Avoidance I’ve seen [...]

House Calls: A Pastor’s Guide to Talking to Donors

It's the time of year when church leaders are starting to see lots of red—and it isn't always early Christmas decorations! Lots of churches have deficits they need to close by year's end. I have been there many (MANY) times. Sometimes, these gaps are relatively small. All you need is to remember to 'double December' and take a breath. (If [...]

Is Fundraising Really That Hard? #GivingTuesday

In 2012, in response to so-called consumer holidays 'Black Friday' and 'Cyber Monday', New York's 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation partnered to create Giving Tuesday. This November 28, organizations, influencers, and individuals will reach out across their platforms to encourage people to give generously to worthy causes. As I wrote in Giving Up, when ministry leaders ask others [...]

LeaderWorks Update

Here’s a round-up of the latest news and resources from LeaderWorks: The Matthew 25 Initiative held its annual gathering last month. It was a remarkable time among amazing people who serve the lost and least. Read a little of my talk with them. Last year, I wrote a little bit about the liturgical calendar (and, of course, there's plenty of [...]

By |2019-01-10T16:52:24-06:00November 13th, 2017|Categories: For Pastors, Generosity|Tags: , , |0 Comments

What’s Wrong With My Letter?

Writing an Appeal Letter is about saying "will you" and then "thank you". A few years ago I had to do what every Rector or Sr. Pastor should do about this time of year: write a year-end appeal letter. (If you need convincing that you should, read here.) My church was in the red for the year. Again. I've [...]

Hack Next Year’s Budget

It is that time of year again. Budget time! As pastors, leaders, vestries, and boards are wringing their hands about the close of this year, plans for next year are being drawn up. Over the years I developed a few ‘hacks’ for church leaders. I’ve collected a few of these tips, tricks, and rules of thumb that have proven useful [...]

Giving Up Excerpt in Christianity Today

You can see the latest sneak peek at Giving Up: How Giving to God Renews Hearts, Changes Minds, and Empowers Ministry on CT Pastors. This excerpt reveals five big ideas that church leaders can use to jumpstart generosity in your church. Check out the whole book on Amazon.

By |2019-01-08T17:30:23-06:00October 10th, 2017|Categories: For Pastors, Generosity, Leadership|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Giving Up: More than Money

David Roseberry’s book, Giving Up, provides concrete ways to jumpstart financial giving in churches. His wisdom, gleaned from decades in ministry, gives church leaders applicable tools to do the work they need to do, which requires members of churches to be generous with their resources. So, yes, the book is about money, much as Jesus’ teachings were filled with advice [...]

By |2019-01-08T17:30:24-06:00October 3rd, 2017|Categories: For Pastors, Generosity, Leadership|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Sneak Peek: An Excerpt from Giving Up

Here's another sneak peek at my new book, Giving Up: How Giving to God Renews Hearts, Changes Minds, and Empowers Ministry, available now. This excerpt is from the second chapter, titled "The Hidden Virtue of the Early Church." I want to give the church corrective lenses to see that the ministry of Jesus, Paul, and the very first Christians was inextricably tied [...]

By |2019-01-08T17:27:20-06:00September 27th, 2017|Categories: For Pastors, Generosity|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

LeaderWorks Updates

It’s been a little while since we highlighted what’s happening over at LeaderWorks. Here’s a round-up of all the news and resources: Giving Up is coming soon! My book, Giving Up: How Giving to God Renews Hearts, Changes Minds, and Empowers Ministry will be available for pre-order on September 30. In the meantime, read more about the book (and see [...]

By |2019-01-10T16:53:11-06:00August 25th, 2017|Categories: For Pastors, Generosity|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Announcement: Giving Up is Coming Soon!

It’s Ready After years of gathering ideas, studying Scripture, preaching “The Money Talk”, collecting three decades worth of wisdom...and months of writing and re-writing, the book is finished.  We took our final pass at it with our red pens and now it lives with the publisher and then onto the printer...and then I you! It should be available for [...]

Barista, Priest, and Planter

Last week I posted some thoughts about the cost of church planting. I also included a You Tube video interview with Alex Wilgus, of the Greenhouse Movement.  Alex helped us see how the funding of a church plant can be 'raised' through deputation; praying for support and asking friends and family to consider giving to the work. Right after shooting [...]

By |2019-01-10T16:53:13-06:00August 1st, 2017|Categories: For Pastors, Generosity|Tags: , , |2 Comments

The First Question to Ask Before You Ask!

Note:  All my life I have had to ask for money...and in the back of my mind has been a reluctance.  A guilt. How could I?  I'm taking away from them! But Alex Wilgus clears this up in the first few minutes of this video below. Simple wisdom. One of the great challenges for the church planting is finding funds. [...]

Launching LeaderWorks!

I am so thankful that I am able, through LeaderWorks, to take over 3 decades worth of parish leadership experience, a few bits hard-won wisdom, and few more wounds, and share them with other churches and leaders. These first months have been a joy. LeaderWorks is up and running and I am thankful to have your support and prayers. Now I am [...]

By |2019-01-10T16:54:42-06:00December 26th, 2016|Categories: For Pastors, Generosity, Leadership|Tags: , , , |0 Comments
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