Tweaking the System

January 6, 2017 | Posted by Will Hanke

Growing up with both of my grandpas as pastors, I sometimes just follow their lead on what to do at church. I watched as the church I grew up in had to add positions to fill needs, and look for answers to problems that weren’t covered in seminary classes. Creative ways were found to improve […]


Four Great Ways to Discourage Generosity

May 12, 2016 | Posted by John Kieschnick

I grew up in a very modest home, born in 1942 in the dining room of a teacherage in central Texas. Air conditioning amounted to opening the windows on all sides of the house and praying for a little breeze. Baths were in a washtub on the porch, and it didn’t help that I was […]


How to Encourage Generosity

April 14, 2016 | Posted by John Kieschnick

When Rick Warren founded Saddleback Community Church in 1980, he walked the neighborhood and asked people what “bugged” them the most about the church. He said one of the top reasons given was the church’s focus on money. So, he determined he wasn’t going to preach or teach much about money. Not too many years […]


Some Myths and Truths about Giving

March 18, 2016 | Posted by John Kieschnick

Have you ever heard anyone say, “All Macy’s wants is my money.” Probably not. How about this statement? “All Sears wants is my money.” You likely haven’t heard that comment either. But here’s one you have heard: “All the Church wants is my money.” What a myth! While it is true that the Lord of […]


The Words of Jesus on Giving

January 21, 2016 | Posted by John Kieschnick

As part of my devotional time this morning I used “Today’s Light” which helps me read through the Bible at least once every two years. Together with the suggested readings from Genesis and Psalms were these words from Proverbs 3:9-10, “Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce, then […]


A Suggestion for Sending 2015 Giving Statemen...

December 23, 2015 | Posted by John Kieschnick

Since 2016 is only about a week away, I would like to make a suggestion to pastors and other church leaders who have a hand in sending out 2015 giving statements. The easiest thing is to drop the contribution statement into an envelope and send it on its way.  I would like to encourage you […]