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 […]


The Pros and Cons of Electronic Giving

October 15, 2015 | Posted by Art Scherer

I’m old enough to remember the days of a cash-based society when my parents were paid in cash on a weekly basis in their “weekly pay envelope.” My parents and others in their generation did not start out with credit cards or even checking accounts. They had shoeboxes for weekly bills and savings accounts for […]


Stories of Changed Lives

September 28, 2015 | Posted by John Kieschnick

The older I get, the more intrigued I am by the power of stories. It was wonderful to hear my mother tell stories about her childhood and my dad share his experiences of leaving home at age 14 and seeing electric lights for the first time as he traveled by train to Concordia, Illinois. Perhaps […]


Changing “The Way We Do Things”

August 20, 2015 | Posted by Art Scherer

Every congregation has a “culture,” which might be defined simply as “The way we do things around here.” Your congregational culture is the default setting for all you do in ministry and for specific areas of ministry such as stewardship, evangelism, education. It is like the default font on your word processor. You may change […]


God Is…

August 17, 2015 | Posted by Randy Raasch

How would you complete the title of this article, ‘God is…?’ For me it depends where I am in life. When I am confronted by my sin and shortcomings, God is forgiving. When I am obstinate and stubborn, God is patient. When I am lonely, God is near. When I am frightened, God is comfort. […]