There’s no shortage of church buildings in America. I know this may not be true of every city, but I am surprised when I drive around my community at how many unique gathering places are present for Christians. A lot of resources have been given to construct these physical buildings, but how many of them are relevant to the community around them?
In Adam Smith’s book, An Inquiry Into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, he begins the first chapter of book one with the subject of the division of labor. It’s easy to see how excited Smith is about this concept as he calls it the ‘greatest improvement in the productive powers of labour.’
My son returned to the United States recently from living four years on the mission field. Needless to say, he came home to mom and dad’s house with a depleted bank account and a temporary job. Fortunately, he is a young, single man with no obligations other than himself. Other missionaries return home with families to consider.
A reader recently requested that we provide an article that addresses the following question: “I have volunteered to do the financial books for my church. Could you maybe address some tips or suggestions on the best way to do this?”
If you haven’t noticed by now, church websites have been popping up all over the internet. Some are good…some are not so good. Whether you have a church of 3,000 or 300, a website is a great tool for showing others about the church and connecting with new visitors. The best part is that a […]
“When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple courts he found people selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple courts, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables.” (John 2:13-15 NIV) What does this mean for us today? Why did Jesus drive them out?
During the Christmas season, our awareness of the needs of others is heightened. Many Christians and churches look for opportunities to “adopt” children or families in need and provide Christmas gifts for them. But we don’t always think about how the way we give can actually hurt the family we’re trying to bless.
Have you ever wondered why full-time pastors, ministers and missionaries depend so much on your support? Have you ever wondered if that model was even biblical? I have.
October is Clergy Appreciation Month – an opportunity for churches and church members to say thanks and show appreciation to their pastor (or pastoral staff) for the work they do as the spiritual shepherd(s) of their church. Here are some fantastic ideas!
I attended a missions conference at a very large church in the Orlando area six years ago and was struck by a machine sitting in the lobby. At first, I thought it looked like an ATM. But it wasn’t. After a closer look, I discovered that this curious machine was a giving kiosk.
Church leaders are burdened with being good stewards of God’s money and managing church resources is every bit as challenging as any other organization. The economic downturn has taken its toll on churches all across America and they are looking for ways to cut spending while attempting to maintain their mission and charitable work . . .
“Why do pastors always talk about money at church?” It’s a question I’m asked every now and then when someone finds out I’m a pastor.
Churches exist to develop people in the Christian faith and to spread the message of the Gospel. While the Word of God is free, often times spreading the good news is not and it takes money to do so. So why don’t all Christians support their church?