One of my main research areas these days has to do with crowdfunding and congregations. Today, over at the Center for Stewardship Leaders website I’ve posted “Crowdfunding Your Congregation” that presents some brief ideas concerning the possibilities (and realities) of crowdfunding for congregations and non-profits. Today I’ve also released a 20-page guide booklet entitled “Crowdfunding for Congregations and […]
Sarah Kendzior, a St. Louis-based writer and journalist tweeted some truth this week. She connected appeals on GoFundMe to America’s social problems: GoFundMe is US’s truest news source. GoFundMe for funerals of suicide and homicide victims. GoFundMe for medicine. GoFundMe, all is broken. — Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) April 25, 2016 I’m currently working on a […]
Each Advent, as we prepare again for Christ’s birth and return, it is good to examine what exactly we’re celebrating. Christ’s vision of God’s economy was very different from the one that we’ve created today in which 80 people hold about the same amount of wealth as 3.6 billion people, or half of the world’s population.
One of the interesting outcomes of living simply is appreciating stuff more. For most of us, things have fairly little value because we think of them as expendable, multiple, replaceable. But for those who are part of the movement, the few items they own take on increased significance—increased, at least, in the sense of personal reflection and appreciation. If one only owns 100 things, these things must take on a different significance than the thousands of things most Americans own.
I wasn’t sure what to think, so I invited my class to debate the wisdom of using Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University curriculum in congregations. Here’s how my mind changed.