What Motivates People to Give?

February 13, 2014 | Posted by John Kieschnick

Have you ever heard someone say, “The Gospel is the only motivation a pastor should use to move people to give”? If you have, I am 99.99% certain the comment was made by a pastor. I heard it more than once during my 37+ years of pastoral ministry. Obviously, God’s grace in Jesus Christ should be […]


How to Evaluate Your Pastor and Staff

February 6, 2014 | Posted by Art Scherer

When I was District President, I would frequently get calls from congregational leaders asking for help in evaluating their pastor. Often, but not always, that would be a sign of conflict that demanded conflict resolution rather than help with evaluation. And when evaluation was done, it was often done in retrospect against standards and goals […]


The Temptation to Avoid Talking about Money

January 23, 2014 | Posted by Karl Galik

“It’s all the church talks about – money, money, money!” These words, and all of their variations in tone and volume, can be license to subtly, passively pass by the money references in preaching and teaching. It’s one of our culture’s last taboos, isn’t it? From MTV to HBO, it’s easy enough to find pretty […]