Nov
15
2013

Finance Fridays: Preparing for Year End (part 3)

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Over the last three Fridays we have been discussing year end, and how churches need to be preparing for December 31 (six weeks!). Two weeks ago, we heard from Brad Leeper on year end giving, last week we spoke with Bill O’Connell about year end reporting and accountability, and today I am speaking with Jeremy Moore about budgeting for 2014. Jeremy Moore serves churches as Regional Director of the Evangelical Christian Credit Union. Over the […]

Nov
12
2013

Why YOU Need to Check Out The Nines TODAY!

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As you may know, today is Leadership Network’s annual conference called The Nines. In many ways, The Nines is like any other church leadership conference: great speakers, fantastic content, and practical ideas to put into use in you church context. What makes The Nines different is the fact that it is totally online, and everyone gets five minutes to share. That’s right, Rick Warren gets five minutes, Larry Osborne gets five minutes, and my friend […]

Nov
11
2013

It’s Not What You Know…

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Todd Henry’s Accidental Creative podcast hit me with a simple one liner, that brought a few things into focus for me last night. A simple line, that he probably didn’t think a whole lot about, tied together some of my recent thinking on disciple making: It’s not what you know, it’s what you do that matters. Way back in the day, during my undergrad career, we learned that there were five purposes of the local […]

Nov
8
2013

Finance Fridays: Preparing for Year End (part two)

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Today we continue a three part series on preparing for year end in the local church. Last week, we heard from Brad Leeper as he shared insight on year end giving (find part three here), today’s conversation is will Bill O’Connell, founder of Wisdom Over Wealth, a CPA ministry that helps churches handle their accounting responsibilities. During our conversation Bill shares three things that our churches need to be thinking about when it comes to reporting: […]

Nov
6
2013

Peter Greer & The Spiritual Danger of Doing Good

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Be warned: this might hurt a little. Peter Greer is the President and CEO of Hope International, a Christ centered microfinance organization, and the author of The Spiritual Danger of Doing Good. After serving around the world, doing incredible things for the Kingdom, Peter started to notice that his motivation was changing. Slightly, ever so slightly, Peter was becoming more excited about things like publicity and his own kingdom, rather than pursuing the Kingdom. This is the […]

Nov
4
2013

Our Most Important Metric

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I read a fascinating piece on Digital Trends yesterday that has me thinking about what we design things for. The article talks about Nurburgring, a world renowned racetrack, and how automobile manufacturers use the track to test high performance cars, leveraging that data for marketing purposes. While this sounds like a phenomenal idea at first, they may be a few unintended consequences with this strategy. Peter Braun, author of the article, sums it up beautifully in […]

Nov
1
2013

Finance Fridays: Preparing for Year End (part one)

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Today is November first, we currently have sixty days before the end of the year. With this in mind, I want to take the next three Fridays to discuss what churches need to focus on as year end approaches. To do this, I have asked several of my friends to help share their wisdom with the Church Thought community(click here for part two, part three). Today, I have asked my friend Brad Leeper to spend […]

Oct
30
2013

Conversations: Rick McKinley

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Let’s get something straight right from the start: this post might give the impression that I have a man crush on Rick McKinley. I do. Now that we have dealt with the obvious, let’s talk a little bit about the conversation that Todd and I recently had with Rick. Twelve years ago, Rick McKinley and a small group of people set out to plant a church in one of the most unchurched cities in America: Portland, […]

Oct
29
2013

Through Lines and Disciple Making

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Yesterday I introduced the idea of a through line, the big picture passion that allows us to fully engage in the more trivial parts of our daily endeavors. I shared the story of Curtis Martin, NFL Hall of Famer, and how he really didn’t care all that much for football. Today, I want to focus on a short section of Curtis’ induction speech: My pastor at the time was a guy by the name of Leroy […]

Oct
28
2013

Through Lines: Curtis Martin Didn’t Like Football

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Todd Henry has been talking a good bit about the concept of a through line lately. As Todd describes it, the through line is the why behind the things that you do. You may not love everything that you do, but there is a reason that you continue to do it every day. In a recent podcast he recounted the story of NFL Hall of Fame running back Curtis Martin, who shared in his enshrinement speech that he […]

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