Ministry Matters

Financial Mistakes Your Church Can’t Afford to Make

Last time we talked about reasons to rent versus buy your facilities. One reason to rent is to avoid incurring debt that could force you to curtail core ministry. Turns out that tendency is more common than it should be. A few years ago, as we were emerging from the Great Recession, ChurchLeaders published Top 10 Financial Mistakes Churches Make. “Acquiring Unmanageable Debt,” was one practice that proved to be unwise when the economy shifted. A more recent article, 10 Mistakes Churches Make with Money, includes the same error. Apparently, some have been slow to learn that lesson. [read more]

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Build or Buy: Is One of these Really Your Best Option?

Owning your own home has been the desire of many American families for generations. But if ever there was a time for your heart to get ahead of our head, this is it. You want that home so badly that you either fail to see key factors that should be considered or you ignore clear signs that this isn’t the right choice for you today. This dynamic has also been in play at many churches and other ministries. [read more]

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What do global missions thought leaders really think?

In a recent survey by Missio Nexus, more than 160 CEOs of global missions organizations shared their insights on the state of missions worldwide—both personally and organizationally. Missio Nexus compiled the results and created this Missiographic from the full report, providing a snapshot of what’s going on behind the scenes in missions around the globe. [read more]

Category: Missionary Minded

Why Is People’s Motivation for Giving Important?

It’s a long-standing tension in Christian circles: What motivates people to be generous? Is it duty? Discipline? Response to God’s generosity? A recent study by Barna Group reveals some helpful insights into the question of why people give. For church and ministry leaders, these insights amount to a call to discipleship, helping people better understand who they are in Christ and why giving is vital to their life in him. [read more]

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Stewardship: Should Your Church Switch to Solar for Electricity?

Solar panels. You see them on homes and businesses all over the place. But what about churches? What about your church? Would it be a good stewardship decision to switch to solar electricity? Well, there’s no quick answer to this question. It’ll take a team of people to do the homework necessary to come up with that answer. But where do you start? [read more]

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Is your church set up to receive card donations or purchases?

My children have attended daycare over the years. They’ve also participated in activities like sports and dance. To my disappointment, each of these services and opportunities costs money! Yes, I understand that those who provide services to my family need to be paid. It’s just that every month when I get a bill, it’s painful to spend that money. [read more]

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