We can always afford to be generous

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How and why Christians give is definitely changing, that's certain.  How can churches and denominations respond? I've summarized a lot of my research into an easy-to-read article in the Canadian Mennonite.  It's the story of Peach Blossom church, a composite of many congregations I've met in my travels.  Do we treat our donors like horses or like cows?  Should we say thank-you in church?

http://www.canadianmennonite.org/stories/we-can-always-afford-be-generous

I needed to leave out a lot of material - the full article is on my About page - link below.

Data on Canadian Christian giving trends is scarce; it's hard for my Mennonite self to say this, but this longer paper is really a goldmine if you're interested the state of Christian giving in Canada.

Whom do you trust?

Happy reading!  Do be in touch if you'd like to chat more!

Three things a church can be thankful for, even in tough times

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We're reminded to be thankful in all circumstances.  But sometimes our circumstances can seem overwhelming! I offer this short reminder of three things a church can always be grateful for:

God. God doesn't change.  God is faithful today, next Tuesday, next week and next year.

Worship. Our congregation can gather to worship.  It's easy to take this for granted.  Even without a building, strategies, programs or goals, we can worship.

Hope. We have hope.  God is faithful, we can worship and we are not alone.  We have hope.

There's lots more that we might add to this list.  I'm sure you can think of some already, I've intentionally left some glaring omissions!  I hope you find encouragement in whatever circumstances you find yourself in.

Peace

Lori