Category Archives: Money

Money and Your Ministry online course, with Israel Galindo

by Israel Galindo (Guest post today by Israel Galindo, my co-teacher for the Columbia Theological Seminary online course on Money and Your Ministry, coming in October.) I’m looking forward to co-teaching the online course Money and Your Ministry with Margaret Marcuson, …

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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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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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10 tips for pastors and treasurers to help your relationship

Be curious about each other. Find out more about how the other thinks about money. Tell each other a little about your family and money.  Every one learns about money in the family they grow up in. You’ll understand each …

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10 tips for church treasurers

1. It’s not all up to you. Yes, the position of treasurer is important. Yet the responsibility for carrying the church belongs to the leadership and the membership. You don’t need to lose sleep. 2. Share the anxiety. If you …

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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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What does Holy Week have to do with money?

This year, Holy Week and money are closely related for me. I’m on a quest for spiritual and emotional freedom in my relationship with money, freedom from fear and for possibility. I know I’m not the only one who struggles …

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6 things I learned from my father about money

We all learn how to relate to money in the families we grow up in. They not only teach us who we are, they teach us what money means. Some of those lessons are helpful, some are less so. But …

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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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