Category Archives: Congregational Life

Six lies about money church leaders tell themselves

Here are six things church leaders often say about money that aren’t true. Strictly speaking, they aren’t lies, since often those leaders believe them to be true. They all get in the way of finding the resources you need to …

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Are you feeling left out? Three things for church leaders to remember

Sometimes pastors and church staff get left out: when the trustees meet and don’t tell you. When you walk into a room and people immediately get quiet. The classic parking lot meeting. What’s going on here? A triangle occurs when …

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What are your church’s hidden assets?

Do you know your church’s assets? I hope your congregation has a balance sheet, showing the assets and liabilities. But that’s not what I mean here. I spoke to a group at the Oregon Synod Assembly (ELCA) this weekend about …

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What does Easter have to do with money?

Many of us good church people subconsciously think of money as dirty. Clergy don’t want too much to do with it. They don’t want to talk about it too often. Christians often keep their life of faith separate from their …

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7 things pastors must not do in church finance

Here are seven things pastors must not do if they want to enhance their leadership in church money matters and overall. (See here for seven things they must do.) Do too much. Some pastors, especially in smaller churches, take on far …

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7 things pastors must do in church finance

Love dealing with money or hate it? It’s a vital part of the job for any pastor, no matter the size of your church. Here are seven things pastors must do to enhance their leadership in church money matters and …

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4 things ordinary church leaders can learn from the Pope

The pope is hot. When he makes the cover of Rolling Stone, you know something has changed. Clearly Francis is an unusual leader. But here are four things we can all learn from the way he has taken on the …

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7 bad reasons to give to your church

There are lots of good reasons to give to your church. (My last post gave seven). Here are seven not-so-good reasons. To “give your fair share.” It’s a mistake to think people should give equally. We’re called to give in …

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7 Things Your Church Needs to Hear You Say about Money

“Our pastor doesn’t like to talk about money, and we don’t like him to talk about money.” One lay leader said this to me after a recent presentation on churches and money. I’d spent the day saying it was critical …

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Are You Looking Up Enough?

Where are you looking? Up or down? A speaker I heard years ago recommended looking at the sky more. He said it helps give you perspective. Even when you are looking at a garbage dump, he suggested, if you frame …

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