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

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 […]

By |2020-10-08T15:41:55-05:00September 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 […]
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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

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

How to Write A Year End Appeal Letter

As a ‘lame duck’ rector of the church I’d pastored for decades, I had an unusual experience writing my last year-end appeal letter. I had announced my resignation six months earlier. The entire congregation was waiting for some good news from the Search Committee.

And we had a significant financial need. HUGE! […]

By |2019-01-10T16:55:05-06:00November 17th, 2016|Categories: For Pastors, Generosity, Pastoral Ministry|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Should you Write an Appeal Letter

It is starting to happen on most afternoons now. I innocently walk to my mailbox hoping for a few letters or a favorite magazine.  I open the mailbox door, and it all starts to overflow into my arms and onto the street. Catalogs. More catalogs. Credit card offers. Direct mail solicitations. And of course, daily appeals for money and support […]

By |2019-01-10T16:55:07-06:00November 15th, 2016|Categories: For Pastors, Generosity, Leadership|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

The Stewardship Digest: Everything in One Place

I decided to gather these ‘greatest hits’ in a single Stewardship digest. These posts distill some of the most practical applications of the issues raised in Giving Up. Here they are…up-to-date.

  1. Stewardship, Giving, & the Third Rail

    Even though money and giving empowers and enables so much good to happen,  many church leaders don’t feel comfortable talking about […]

By |2019-01-10T16:55:19-06:00October 11th, 2016|Categories: For Pastors, Generosity, Pastoral Ministry|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Meet Ben Gill: The Church’s Best Stewardship Leader

Just Posted this at LeaderWorks:

Ben Gill is THE man when it comes to Stewardship, Capital Campaigns, and raising money for Kingdom work. The impact of his company Resource Services, Inc. is incalculable. They helped us (at Christ Church) raise the millions of dollars needed for the acquisition and expansion of our campus. And after each campaign […]

By |2019-01-10T16:55:22-06:00October 6th, 2016|Categories: For Pastors, Generosity|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Stewardship for the Last 100 Days of the Year

Over at LeaderWorks, I have written a few posts on stewardship over the last month. The Digest is here.  But this last post will pull everything together in a sample ‘Stewardship Emphasis Program’ for your church this Fall.

It is not too late to do something specific and practical. So here are ten things to make happen between […]

By |2019-01-10T16:55:28-06:00September 1st, 2016|Categories: For Pastors, Generosity|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

LeaderWorks Digest

Over at LeaderWorks, I have been working on a series on Stewardship. Some of the posts have been featured here. But here they all are for your convenience.  I will add one more in the next week to help leaders think about this Fall and a Stewardship effort.

But start reading here:

  1. Stewardship, Giving, and the Third Rail. For some […]
By |2019-01-10T16:55:34-06:00August 18th, 2016|Categories: For Pastors, Generosity|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Almost Anonymous: Giving is Never Really Secret (Updated!!)

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Anonymous (not his real name) will remain unknown to everyone who reads this account…but I can promise he is real and this story is true.

A few years ago Anonymous was moved by a random email from a bishop within the ACNA.  This man was at a particularly prayerful and important time in his […]

By |2019-03-08T14:46:13-06:00March 29th, 2016|Categories: For Pastors, Generosity|Tags: , , |0 Comments