July 16, 2012

How the Economy is Helping the Church

Finances & the EconomyHow the Economy is Helping the Church

We have just experienced (and are still recovering from) what economists are referring to as the worst economic crisis of our lifetime. It has affected every family, business, community, and church. Across the country the loss of jobs, personal income, real estate values, and personal portfolios have been the norm. For many cities, the local church has lost members, leaders, donors, and now exists in shrinking communities. Even high capacity churches continue to move forward, yet the numeric and financial growth pace is much slower.

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May 16, 2012

Called to a Spiritual Journey, Part 4

journey_bwStewardship is not just about a capital project or specific campaign, it really is a Daily Journey of being engaged in the vision of personal and societal transformation.

In the New Testament, it is seen so clearly in 2 Corinthians 8-9. There is a cause for a large offering to meet a need among God’s people. So God continues to follow his pattern of seeking to engage his people in his mission through his leaders. This results in the Corinthian Church, which was poor, suffering, and riddled with conflict at times to willingly, joyfully, and completely surrender their resources to the greater cause. Read More

May 7, 2012

Called to a Spiritual Journey, Part 3

journey_bwIn the end, the Stewardship and Leadership journey is really about the The Visionary Journey.

Ezra contains a great story of the people of God waiting for the call to return to their land and fulfill his vision. Only they are going to need a series of miracles, help from outside sources, and a ton of endurance. God does his work as usual, calling his people to a journey. He engages the resources of outside governments and paves the way for his spiritual work. As the willing people return to their homeland and begin construction, they are met with tremendous opposition. This causes them to quit on the plan for a long period of time. Read More

April 30, 2012

Called to a Spiritual Journey, Part 2

journey_bwThe Leadership Journey can be clearly seen in the construction of Solomon’s Temple in 1 Chronicles 28.

God has clearly spoke to his leader David about the permanent structure to be built so God’s people can meet with him and reveal him to their world. Only David is not to complete the construction, his son Solomon will have that privilege. This will call David to share the vision with Solomon and for Solomon to lead the people, not simply to be excited about it, but to actually own it. This ownership will result in more engaged leaders and people in the redemptive mission of God. Read More

April 22, 2012

Called to a Spiritual Journey, Part 1

journey_bwThe Stewardship Journey for God’s people can trace its history back to the initial construction of the first place they would meet to worship Him.

The priority of the creation connecting with their creator in worship is clearly evident in Exodus 31. It is the story of God engaging skilled laborers who are supported by the resources and time of his people to prepare the Tabernacle or Tent of Meeting, a sort of portable church, if you will. These details are preceded by a plan of the resources needed and design directives for the facility (Ex. 25ff). Once this facility is commissioned to begin construction, Moses, their spiritual leader, leaves the people and removes himself to gain the next spiritual vision. Read More