Video: Ministry in the Aftermath of a Hurricane

Posted on October 27, 2018

Last January, John and Ashley Wallace joined us on our clergy orientation trip to Israel. It’s always wonderful to meet young clergy families who are dedicated to the work of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the work of the Church. None of us could have imagined how intense that work would become only 9…

4 Ways to Help 4 Different Generations Give Generously

Posted on October 17, 2018

Talking about generosity in the church is always a balancing act between faithful theological and pastoral instruction on the one hand and practical, applied communication on the other. You’ve got to look at the subject from 40,000 feet while keeping your boots firmly planted on the ground. In Giving Up, I’ve tried to walk this…

10 Ways to End the Year on a Generous Note at Your Church

Posted on October 15, 2018

On this blog, I try to provide tactical advice on growing generosity in the church. Every church leader knows that giving is especially vital as the year winds to a close. (To learn 3 things from your yearly church budget shortfall, click here.) The end may be nigh upon us, but there is no need…

Does Anyone Know Where Amanda Is?

Posted on October 13, 2018

The images are stark and scary, like something from an apocalyptic movie.  Devastation. Hurricane Michael has cost so many people so much: the loss of human life, material property, businesses, family homes, rentals, and even entire communities.  We must surely pray for them. But we can do more than prayer. We can help them recover.  Through…

A Prayer for Those in the Path of the Storm

Posted on October 10, 2018

As you’re probably well aware, the 2018 hurricane season has been quite active (in both the Atlantic and the Pacific). When faced with natural disasters, it can often be difficult to know what/how to pray. That’s why I’d like to share this “Hurricane Prayer” that I came across over at America: The Jesuit Review. Here’s…

Three Thoughts About That Church Budget Shortfall

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I regularly visit churches around the country and about this time of year, a new, semi-liturgical ceremony begins around the church budget. (I participated in it myself during my three decades in ministry. It became something totally normal for me; it’s only now that I’m in the pews most Sundays that I’ve realized how odd this…

The Zagginess of Holiness

Posted on September 10, 2018

When I was writing Giving Up, I discovered an unlikely source of insight in Zag: The Number One Strategy of High Performance Brands by Marty Neumeier. The foundational principle is that successful brands don’t follow the crowd—they don’t look at the leaders in the marketplace and try to latch on and say “Me too!” Instead,…

Build Your Generosity and Stewardship Emphasis This Fall

Posted on September 6, 2018

Pastors, it’s not too late to plan an emphasis on stewardship and generosity this fall. But it is almost too late. Leading a church in this area takes intentionality and courage. Some pastors have such an allergy to the topic of giving that they don’t bring it up until it’s too late. Waiting until the…

LeaderWorks Update with Pictures!!!

Posted on September 5, 2018

It has been about two years since I left my position at Christ Church to begin this new ministry to help other leaders do their work. Many people have asked me why I would do such a thing. My first answer is simple: A Call. I believe that I heard from God. I sensed that…