Can we talk about money?

‘Tis the season for stewardship! Questions concerning money are usually among a congregation’s top priorities, but no two churches’ money issues are exactly the same. A church with rich endowments may struggle to discern how to transform abundant financial resources into real…

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Budgets matter

The process of deciding a budget sets priorities for the year. Yet the process can be routine and boring. How can the conversations be livelier, more Spirit-inspired? “Let’s Talk About Resources” — part of Lake Institute on Faith & Giving’s “Shifting Ground”…

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Leadership in Scarcity

by Mark Miller-McLemore | My church was located across from an abandoned strip mall and the local “No-Tell Motel,” where drugs and sex were peddled. We worked closely with homeless people through a shelter program in our building. It was a place…

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Putting Your Money Where Your Mission Is

Some pundits see a silver lining in our recent economic troubles: Americans have finally kicked the habit of conspicuous consumption. I’ll believe it when I see it. Over the last couple of years, I have consulted with a number of…

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