Paying the Pastor: How to Figure Out Compensation for Clergy

Posted on October 24, 2019
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As the Evergreen Project continues to create, collect, and curate the best resources for a thriving church, the issue of clergy compensation is unavoidable. About a year ago, I wrote an article about this topic as part of a series on Awkward Church Questions. That means it is time to look at this issue again…

How Much Should We Pay the Pastor? (Awkward Church Questions, pt. 2)

Posted on November 13, 2018
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These are the awkward questions during any board or Vestry meeting. You can feel a quiet come over the room. Everyone is hoping the subject will pass. But there are five awkward questions that your church needs to be able to discuss. Previously, we tackled the question of access to giving records. Hopefully, I’ve given…

4 Ways to Help 4 Different Generations Give Generously

Posted on October 17, 2018
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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
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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…

Three Thoughts About That Church Budget Shortfall

Posted on October 10, 2018
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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…

Build Your Generosity and Stewardship Emphasis This Fall

Posted on September 6, 2018
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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…

Scared to Talk about Stewardship? Read this Series

Posted on September 2, 2018
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Pastors and church leaders, if you’re scared or anxious about bringing up the topic of stewardship and giving with your churches, I’d like to draw your attention to the following series by David Roseberry of LeaderWorks. Stewardship, Giving, and the Third Rail Stewardship is extremely important, yet often extremely uncomfortable to talk about in the…

Funny You Said That: Stewardship and Humor (Giving, Part 3)

Posted on August 31, 2018
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From LeaderWorks: helping leaders do their work. Normally, you wouldn’t find a blog post on humor mentioned in a series on Stewardship, Giving, and Generosity. The topic of stewardship and giving is not an easy one to speak about. It makes some people feel very uncomfortable. Both speaker and listener share long moments of angst when…