Stewardship

Last Tuesday night, Dwayne and I wanted a pizza.  We have “pizza” on speed dial and called to order a pepperoni pie.  There was no answer.  I called again, and the ringing went on and on and on.  Why?  Why wouldn’t the pizzeria pick up?  We thought, maybe they’re very…

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Dancing Trees and Singing Appliances

Last weekend Dwayne and I came home from a short trip on our motorcycles and found our guests sitting at the table under the umbrella on our deck, eating left over pizza topped with tuna fish, and drinking a bottle of white wine.  There were huge smiles on their faces as they…

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Increasing Streams of Revenue

Recently, a relative of mine started working a second job. Every morning, now, she gets up and begins a shift with a shipping company at 4:30 am. At 8:30 she can go to her “day job” as an assistant in a small family owned business. She doesn’t expect that this…

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Why More New Members Won’t Fix Church Budgets

Are congregations as we know them financially sustainable?  I have been pondering this question.  More and more I’m convinced that the model of building, program, and staff is NOT sustainable through tithing (e.g. the pledging of charitable contributions to the church) alone.  IF members were tithing 10% of income to…

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The Tithe a Tithe Challenge

  Clif Christopher, at the event in Manasquan this past April, said the leaders of the church need to be examples of great stewardship before the congregation will be one of great stewardship.  He was using this as one illustration of why the pastor needs to know what the members…

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How do you fund the work of a presbytery?

Yesterday was the first meeting of an “action team” looking at new or different ways to fund the work and ministry of the Presbytery of Monmouth.  For years the presbytery has been funded through a two-tiered approach, like our synod and general assembly, of per capita assessment and mission giving. …

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A Blanket and a Drawer

I was confined to bed rest during the last half of my pregnancy before my daughter, Kate, was born.  I was not sick, but I was in premature labor. Bed rest and medication every two hours kept the contractions at a minimum.  I could do anything I wanted as long…

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