A church in a depressed, Rust Belt town has raised more than $4 million to help people in Sudan. This remarkable project began when the Rev. Mike Slaughter challenged his congregants to turn away from consumer culture and spend their money to help people in need.
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A Jesuit priest advises a Protestant minister how to talk about money. We need a culture of giving, transparency, and an invitation to freedom.
How does a pastor even begin a conversation about money without making people feel like the church just wants theirs?
If we open ourselves up to God and the Holy Spirit to show us new and creative ways to be church in hard economic times, we will be surprised not by scarcity but by abundance, says the CFO of the American Baptist Home Mission Societies.
Riverside, a church community in Spring Branch, Texas, meets for worship at the Emerald Rainbow Family Fun Center, with its ‘20,000 ginormous square feet of fun and parties.’ That’s because the group choses not to own any buildings.
It’s wise to listen before you lean. So one pastor listened to bankers on the IAF’s proposal, and left thinking it’s wrong-headed.
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