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Pastors: don’t do these 7 things when getting ready for Christmas

  There’s only a little over a week left before Christmas Eve. Here are some “don’ts” to keep in mind through these remaining days. Don’t neglect to take at least five minutes a day for yourself. Light a candle. Read …

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Three reasons to love asking people to give

Is your church preparing for your stewardship campaign? Remember this: When you provide leadership in stewardship at church, you do essential work. You help people connect their money and their faith. Both money and faith are part of everyday life, …

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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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How your extended family can help your ministry

I’ve learned a lot for ministry from my extended family. Earlier this month I had the privilege of officiating at my aunt’s memorial service. There are eleven cousins on that side of the family, and nine of us were there. …

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Are you trying to make people grow?

“Don’t pull the saplings to make them grow.” A few weeks ago, Rev. Judith Sutterlin spoke at my church, First Baptist Church of Portland and mentioned this Chinese proverb. She learned it in her ministry teaching in a seminary in …

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Leading without pressuring others to change

“This was all about changing without seeming to change. It’s about steadily and insistently improving without seeming to exert pressure or anxiety to do so.” I wrote recently about Imperfect Harmony: Finding Happiness Singing with Others, by Stacy Horn. This …

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Rev. Margaret Lewis, MBA, on practicing year-round church stewardship

Rev. Margaret Lewis, MBA, had great ideas for developing year-round stewardship in your church in my teleconference interview yesterday. Here are some of Maggie’s suggestions:   Look for ways to do stewardship year-round that don’t necessarily involve asking for money. …

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Talking about Church Stewardship All Year Long

What if churches engaged in a practice of year-round stewardship education and promotion? A little emphasis year round, rather than a  few weeks once a year can help people grow in faith as they relate to their resources—and help develop …

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A visual reminder of the power of balance in a system

Allyn Harris Dault, a former student of mine at Central Seminary, posted this video on Facebook (with an ironic thanks to me for helping him learn about the challenge of changing self in a system). I’ve watched it about 5 …

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8 Habits for Leaders

My teleconference guest this month is Ed Bacon, author of 8 Habits of Love. I’ve interviewed him several times before, and I always learn something that I keep thinking about for years after. I enjoyed his book (see my review …

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