Can Ministers and Churches Afford Each Other?

I had the opportunity to attend the Economics of Ministry Summit at Central Baptist Theological Seminary (CBTS) in Shawnee, Kansas, “where all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the students are above average” (to paraphrase...

How Your Church Can Remain Financially Viable

If there is one recurring theme to the conversations I have regularly with clergy, lay leaders and denominational employees, it is viability. In a myriad of ways, people are asking viability questions about ministry, congregational life, finances, staff models,...

Imams Trained to Adapt Islamic Finance to U.S. Economy

(RNS) Abdullah Nana, an imam at the Islamic Center of Mill Valley, Calif., just north of San Francisco, has a distinct advantage over many of his fellow imams in the United States. It’s not fluency in Arabic or training in Islamic jurisprudence. It’s his bachelor’s...

Author Says Amish Thrift Makes Sense by Saving Cents

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (RNS) The old Lorilee Craker would have picked up a couple of $16 children’s shirts without a second thought, ordered a $20 pizza without checking what’s in the fridge, and sent out her bills a few days late. The Amish-makeover Lorilee peruses...

How Churches Can Survive the Economic Downturn

Charitable giving to religious organizations was flat in 2010, equaling the amount given the previous year. By contrast, charitable giving to all causes was up 3.8 percent as reported by Giving USA Foundation. “If (all charitable) giving continues to grow at...