Jan
20
2012

Finance Fridays: Cash Flow in the New Year

budget

It’s late January, and if you’re like me, a few of your New Year’s resolutions are off to a great start while others have already fallen by the wayside.  Over the last few months, it would seem that the most common New Year’s resolution from the churches that I been working with has been to improve cash flow. At first glance this might seem like a selfish goal, but you are not improving your cash […]

Jan
19
2012

Are You Hacking Branches or Striking Roots

roots

Long Island’s mild winter has been a good thing for my family and our garden.  We have been enjoying fresh kale at least once a week with our dinners (creamed kale, sauteed kale, kale with garlic and mushrooms, and on and on).  I am a little concerned that the kale we froze over the winter isn’t going to get used any time soon.  The mild weather has also enabled me to put off cleaning up […]

Jan
18
2012

Inside of the Cup: The Parable of the 7 Eleven

dirty cup

Matthew 23 has always been a challenging chunk of scripture for me.  The passage talks a good bit about hypocrisy, and talks about making our actions and our words line up.  Towards the end of the chapter, Jesus dives into the woes, and there are two that always stand out to me: 25 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they […]

Jan
17
2012

Zig Ziglar on Leadership: How Much Does it Cost?

Zig Ziglar

Over the past two days we have been reflecting on Zig Ziglar’s teaching on a recent podcast titled The Real Reason They Don’t Buy (link will open iTunes).  On Monday we looked at whether we believe in what we calling people to, yesterday we spoke a little bit about our need to wait until things are perfect.    Today I want to share what is probably the most profound line in the whole podcast: People buy what they […]

Jan
16
2012

50, 100, & 200 Years From Now

mlk

Two hundred years ago slavery was considered to be an acceptable institution. One hundred years ago women were not considered to be competent to vote. Fifty years ago discrimination based on skin color was considered to be a way of life. The church played a major role in ending each of these injustices.  The church also played a role in keeping them in place. Fifty, one hundred, and two hundred years from now what injustices […]

Jan
13
2012

Finance Fridays: Audit Alternatives

audit

Every year around this time I tend to get inundated with friends in church leadership asking about how to go about having their financials audited.  I’ve asked Bill O’Connell from Wisdom Over Wealth to share a little bit about how churches can best handle the audit process.  Bill has over thirty years experience as a CPA, and has spent many of them helping churches wrestle through how to handle their finances.  Here is what Bill has to say about […]

Jan
12
2012

Zig Ziglar on Leadership: Waiting for Perfection

Zig Ziglar

Yesterday I began a short series on what Zig Ziglar can teach church leaders.  The series is based off of a podcast that I listened to over my Christmas break, and one which I really believe can impact the way that we approach leadership in our church.  Now, keep in mind that Zig generally speaks to sales professionals, not pastors, and while I am NOT encouraging you to become a salesman for Jesus, I do […]

Jan
11
2012

When Churches Try to Be Cool

fitting in

I love watching trends in the church.  I really love the fact that part of my job depends on my ability to see what is going on in local churches across the country, learn from them, and help make churches stronger.  Earlier this week Geoff Surratt shared the first of five trends that concern him in the church, and I think he might be on to something. Geoff’s first concerning trend is what he is […]

Jan
10
2012

Zig Ziglar on Leadership: Do YOU Believe?

Zig Ziglar

I am a fan of Zig Ziglar. A regular in my rotation of podcasts, Zig’s Inspiring Words of Encouragement, is something that I generally look forward to hearing because the man understands people.  While driving back from Baltimore a few weeks ago I was blown away by one of these podcasts… in fact, I have listened to it so much since that drive, I think Theresa has it memorized. The podcast was titled “Why They […]

Jan
9
2012

Why Is This News or, Who Won’t You Serve?

front page news

Out of Ur recently shared a video of an ABC news piece dealing with the relationship between the evangelical community in Portland, Oregon, and Portland’s openly gay mayor, Sam Adams.  I thought the piece was well done and it deeply resonates with me and how I believe the church needs to be functioning in the years to come. While church planting in Baltimore we commonly worked with a broad range of groups on common ground […]

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