There’s one area of teaching that has always scared me. Money. Giving. Ker-ching.
What if there are different reasons to give, some which resonate more with some people than others, and some of which fit our leadership style and our church’s stage of life?
Giving is a biblical mark of spiritual maturity, and teaching on it is my pastoral duty. I’m just trying to be honest about why I find that hard.
Today was just an ordinary day in many ways – the usual work of a pastor, some ho-hum, and some more unusual, some essential and some more trivial. But it occurs to me that in the course of today I gave something away at least ten times.
If there’s something wrong with the shirt I’ve bought, I take back to the shop. If the mechanic hasn’t fixed the car, I take it back to the garage. I’m a customer, I have paid, and I expect the level of service. That model of thinking is so prevalent in a consumer society, that people
Good question. True question. A small church with around twenty members is in a depressed part of town. Money is tight all round – the pastor is paid for by a generous denomination, weekly giving is around £25, and they have around £1000 in the bank. Most of the members are not tax payers. Years