4 Ideas to Guide Your Church Budget

It’s budget time at our church. Like most churches at this time of the year, our committees and staff members are working hard to figure out how best to use our tithes and offerings as we plan for the coming year. It’s uncomfortable to talk about money and...

Dave Ramsey and the Watering Down of Stewardship

I stumbled into Christian stewardship quite by accident. It was not on my list of interests or career choices, but following God is not like mapping out the shortest route on your GPS. As a child I learned to tithe from my father. It was never a legalistic type of...

It’s Not Just What You Give to Church but Why

What is every pastor’s least favorite sermon topic? If I had to guess what most would list, it would be tithing. It is an oft-avoided topic in many pulpits, perhaps due to a feeling that it will appear to be fundraising for their own salary rather than a call to...

What Happens When Our Tithe Neglects the Poor?

Quite often Malachi 3:8-10 will be invoked in a sermon series on stewardship. It makes for a powerful message due to its strong accusation in verses 8-9. “Will anyone rob God? Yet you are robbing me!” the prophet declares on God’s behalf. “But...

Will Postmoderns Support the Church?

People who love the church — in some semblance of the way we have come to know it in the past 100 years — have cause for concern about how long that model will be sustainable. Attendance is generally down, for one thing, as postmoderns and younger...