How Much Debt is Safe?

April 4, 2017 | Posted by Art Scherer

How much debt is safe for a congregation? Are there alternatives to borrowing? Should we have a campaign to reduce our debt? These are just some of the questions congregations ask as they consider taking on or reducing debt. Both the Bible and sound financial practice caution against abuse and misuse of debt, but there […]

 

Stewardship Really Begins by Receiving

March 27, 2017 | Posted by Karl Galik

The stereotypical understanding of “stewardship” describes a process of giving, encourages generosity and seeks to inspire sacrificial giving. In my seven years in stewardship consulting, I’ve come to see “stewardship” and “generous giving” as a likely a second dynamic to “receiving” (yes, receiving). The grace to receive, the acceptance of God’s Gifts in whatever sacrificial […]

 

For the Plastic Bags and Reluctant Leaders

February 28, 2017 | Posted by Emilie Finke

My church is in a brand spankin’ new season. In our defense, as a six-year-old church, there’s a lot of seasons we haven’t experienced. That being said, in the past year, we’ve said goodbye to multiple interns, a worship leader, and a pastor. God is moving and doing incredible things and every move and goodbye […]

 

Know Your People

February 2, 2017 | Posted by Randy Raasch

It was an honest comment, but one that really hit me. A member of our staff said, “The way things work around here is that you are given a responsibility and then left alone.” Some people would take this as a compliment. This was not meant to be a compliment. The inference was that I […]

 

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 […]

 

A New Start For the New Year

January 5, 2017 | Posted by Art Scherer

Way back in 1994, Peter Drucker wrote a piece for the old Net Fax network on “Jumping the Sigmoid Curve.” Drucker pointed out that one of the most useful tools in understanding the natural life cycle of a product, an organization, a church or even a relationship is the sigmoid or S curve. The secret […]