My 5 for Friday (June 22, 2018)

How can a church’s capital campaign encourage spiritual health? What does the Bible say to the wealthy? And how can one grow in contentment?

These questions and more are answered in this week’s My 5 for Friday.

  1. Differences Between Growing & Declining Churches: Ministry Finances by Tony Morgan. In a series of looking at the differences between growing and declining churches, Tony Morgan points out data concerning ministry finances. Some of the findings might surprise you. Take a look at this post to see the financial reality for many growing and declining churches.
  2. Our Church Can’t Afford A Retirement Plan, What Should We Do? by Ben Homesley. Many churches would like to offer their staff retirement benefits, but the reality is they can’t afford it. Where should they start if they would like to build a retirement benefit for their staff? In this article, Ben Homesley from Vanderbloemen Search Group offers helpful options for churches in this position that’s worth looking at.
  3. Practicing the Discipline of Contentment by Rob Hurtgen. The Bible has a lot to say about contentment. In general, we know that we should be content, but we find ourselves asking “How?”. Here, Rob Hurtgen lays out four helpful steps to take in developing the discipline of contentment.
  4. 10 Things American Christians Must Do With Their Money by Jason Topp. Whether you think you’re wealthy or not, according to Global Rich List, you more than likely are. With that being said, God gives specific instructions to the wealthy that we need to take heed of. What are they? Check out this post to see the ten things wealthy Christians must do with their money.
  5. Why are Church Capital Campaigns Spiritually Important? from Generis. Giving to the church is more than just a financial transaction. It’s a mirror of the heart. Generis points out that “Wise pastors and church leaders show great savvy moving church giving attention from the business office to the pastoral side of shepherding.” Take a look at this post to see three reasons why it’s spiritually important to provide financial resources for the church.

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