You Have to Ask – 5 Steps to Asking for Money

Content is written by Rev. Micah James, CCA Recently I was having a conversation about stewardship, fundraising, and finances with a colleague in ministry. As usual, the conversation turned to budgets and the 1st quarter. “How is your church doing?”, my colleague asked. “Fine,” I replied. As it is with most conversations between ministers, we don’t … Read more

Scalable ministry

Content was posted to Facebook on 3.22.2017 by Rev. Mike Hunter Scalable ministry. Often when I consult and invite churches to dream big I get this pushback: we’re not big enough, we don’t have those kinds of funds, we don’t have enough (they usually have a well-developed list-volunteers, etc.) They’ve stopped before they’ve started. And … Read more

Follow Up: How One Pastor Guides Above the Noise

Content is written by Rev. Micah James, CCA Earlier this week, I shared a chat with Mark MacDonald inspiring and encouraging us to talk above the noise. In God’s beautiful timing, as I was pondering this topic and considering how a community might communicate this attitude, my friend Rev. Dr. Katie Hays posted a pastoral letter to … Read more

Talking Above the Noise – Chat with Mark MacDonald

Content is written by Rev. Micah James, CCA In her book, Less Clutter. Less Noise, Kem Meyer prophetically claims that “a person needs to be reachable before they’re teachable.” In this age of constant communication and even more noise, I wanted to know how churches could communicate better. I also wanted to see how churches could … Read more

Pumpkins, Pies, and Poinsettias.. OH MY

REMEMBER:  Please refer to your local CPA and/or Attorney before major action. Take this information to inform yourself and your church setting so that accurate, legal and responsible action is taken. It seems as soon as the calendar turns to October 1st, the fundraiser flyers triple in my mailbox. From pumpkins, to pie, and to … Read more

Gates that Open Both Ways: Healthy Friendships between Clergy & Laity

Content by Rev. Mike Hunter, CCA In recent days a good read crossed my Facebook account about the unique relationships regarding the ethics of clergy and the churches they serve.  I posted a link.  That article speaks from the perspective of former clergy still dabbling in the lives of the churches they left, for weddings … Read more