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Apr
13
2012

Finance Fridays: When Opportunity Presents Itself

opportunity

Palm Sunday found me back in the infamous Hereford Zone, the part of Northern Baltimore County that I grew up in.  We were in town to celebrate my nephew’s fourth birthday, and while we were in town we worshiped with a local church. When we entered the building that morning, we had no idea what we were getting ourselves into.  Walking through the lobby as the second service was preparing to begin, we noticed a […]

Mar
30
2012

Finance Fridays: The Church Plant’s Back Office

Paperwork Help

Today I am excited to introduce Josh Henry, managing partner of The Church Business Guys.  Josh and his team have a whole suite of services aimed at making the lives of  pastors easier.  I asked Josh to talk a little bit about a church plant’s back office, and some of the things that a church planter needs to think about from a business perspective when getting their church started. Welcome to the world of church […]

Mar
23
2012

Finance Fridays: Church Plant Fundraising (part 2)

small group

As part of the church planting series that we have been walking through, we have broken up church plant fund raising into two parts.  Last week, I wrote about the idea of fundraising, today Jon Sturdevant will share a little bit about how to raise funds for the church you are planting. You’re ready to plant.  You’ve got a vision for your ministry, a mission to fulfill, a calling, support from your mentors, and all the money you need […]

Mar
16
2012

Finance Fridays: Church Plant Fundraising (pt. 1)

small group

As part of the church planting series that we have been walking through, I would like to break the idea of fundraising into two sections.  Today, I want to talk a little bit about the idea of fundraising… next week, Jon Sturdevant will share a little bit about how to raise funds for the church you are planting. Church planters, myself included, have an odd relationship with fundraising.  Our practical sides recognize the importance of […]

Mar
9
2012

Finance Fridays: Church Planter Salaries

paycheck

As I spend time helping church planters get their churches up and running our conversations always end up including a conversation about salaries.  This can be a rather contentious subject since most times church planters are raising their own salaries, and fundraising is hard work.  What makes it even more complicated is the fact that there really is no standard salary for church planters.  With the cost of living of each context being slightly different, […]

Mar
2
2012

Finance Fridays: Church Planting Generosity

Church Planting

Growing your church starts with watering the core.   Early on there will be a few key people who are influencing you, guiding you, serving as mentors, providing advice and feedback, cheering you on, and (most importantly) reaching new people.  It is important to thank them for their generosity with their time, influence, and resources.  Everything that you will accomplish through your new ministry is a result of generosity: from the grace given by God […]

Feb
24
2012

Finance Fridays: Taxes and the Housing Allowance

taxes

With tax day rapidly approaching, I asked Bill O’Connell from Wisdom Over Wealth to share some of his wisdom on what pastors need to be thinking about come tax time.  Bill’s team does great work, helping pastors all over country with their tax questions, and I am grateful for his wisdom today. It is sometimes viewed as a badge of honor. After years of study, much heartache, and a life-changing commitment to Jesus, a clergyman […]

Feb
17
2012

Finance Fridays: Saying Thank You

thank you

I first learned the power of a hand written note while serving as a youth pastor in New Jersey.  Each year I would buy a stack of Christmas cards, and send them to all my students.  Instead of just signing my name, I would personalize each one with something that I appreciated about them, an inside joke that only the two of us got, or celebrating a significant event of the past year.  Because writing […]

Feb
10
2012

Finance Fridays: How Many Cattle?

cows on a hill

Two weeks ago Jon shared his thoughts on how churches use their vision and financial situations in their decision making processes.  Since that time I have been soaking a good bit his thoughts, and I have had a bunch of conversations that bring me back to a lot of what he shared. Over these last two weeks I feel like I have had more conversations than normal about church finances which involve the phrases “but […]

Feb
3
2012

Finance Fridays: Story Telling & Picture Painting

coffee meeting

While planting a church in Baltimore I had a love-hate relationship with partnership development (a friendlier sounding way of saying fundraising).  The truth is that fundraising for a church plant can be a bit of a grind: long hours, lots and lots of miles on the truck (just ask Dan Nichols), and if you are not a hyper-extrovert it will make you weary. But, this process can also be amazing. There are few things as exhilarating […]

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