Should Rick Warren have asked for money?

Recently Rick Warren asked his congregation to make up a $900,000 year end deficit. It caught national attention. I asked (through Twitter and Facebook) what people thought about it. It got some interesting responses. (Read them here). Then the news broke that Warren got way more than he asked for... 2.4 million dollars.  (Read it … Continue reading Should Rick Warren have asked for money?

Does a pastor need a seminary degree?

"If you're going to be a REAL pastor, you need to go to seminary." I have several close friends who are doing effective ministry that have been told this by ineffective ministers. This begs the question, "If seminary makes me like you, why the heck would I want to go?" 8) I've outlined my thoughts … Continue reading Does a pastor need a seminary degree?

Why do we do what we do? (Rindy Walton)

Rindy Walton is the Director of Family Life Ministries at Walls Down Church. Rindy does not have a ministry degree. She will be but is not yet a pastor. She has never planted a church or served on a church staff. Yet she gets it. I never do this, but today I'm breaking my streak. … Continue reading Why do we do what we do? (Rindy Walton)

Marketing the church as relevant is stupid

Two weekends ago our family decided not to go to church. We weren't sick, tired, or any other commonly accepted "excuse" for not going to church. We just didn't want to go. We spent the day playing and napping, and I got to piddle around the garage for a while, working on some projects. IT … Continue reading Marketing the church as relevant is stupid

Financial best practices for the church – Part 3

For the last three days Casey Graham has been sharing some important principles and practices of church finances. If you have missed either post, you will want to check them out: Part 1 & Part 2. And now, with the final post of this series. Ladies and Gentlemen... Casey Graham. This last post really FIRES … Continue reading Financial best practices for the church – Part 3

Financial best practices for the church – Part 2

Today Casey Graham is going to teach us about three key financial systems needed in the local church. You can check out Casey's organization at the ReThink Money website and his blog here. If you missed part one of this three part series you can check it out here. And now... Casey Graham. Most people … Continue reading Financial best practices for the church – Part 2

Financial best practices for the church – Part 1

Today we start a three-part guest blog series by my friend and financial mentor Casey Graham. Casey is the founder and President of Re-Think Money, an organization committed to changing people's lives one dollar at a time. And now my friend, Casey Graham. Let me start off by saying thank you to Paul Peterson for … Continue reading Financial best practices for the church – Part 1

Re-think money… church style

I'm so excited! For the next three days my friend and financial mentor, Casey Graham, will be writing a three part blog series! On Tuesday, Casey will discuss a holistic stewardship solution as opposed to what most churches do.. teach a money class every now and then! Casey will be talking about the importance of … Continue reading Re-think money… church style