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God’s Five Investment Funds

“Your congregation can invest in eternity by using their money for God’s purposes. It is secure. It is risk free. It comes with guaranteed interest. It yields dividends forever,” writes Rick Warren in this column on What are they? What do you think? (Photo © rangizzz –

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Characteristics of an Effective Purpose Statement

What’s your church all about? Most churches have the same basic goals, but which they emphasize and how they achieve them varies. Does your church have a statement that expresses its purpose in words that are succinct and inspirational? Saddleback Church’s Rick Warren offers some good advice.  (Photo by Sultry, used by Creative Commons license.… Read more»

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8 Reasons Why Believers Give to Your Church

If you want your church to grow, you must learn how to motivate believers to invest their resources into the kingdom for ministry and for facilities, says “Purpose-Driven Pastor” Rick Warren. It is a key responsibility of leadership. See whether Warren’s eight reasons ring true for your church. (Photo by Lisafx, via

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Testimony of a Generosity Jedi

Most things take desire, time and practice to do well, and even more desire, more time and more practice to master. The same holds true for living with generosity. Good stewardship starts with desire and requires discipline and practice. But how can we cultivate the desire for people to live generously, when the whole proposition is counter-cultural? (Photo by Phillip West (who specializes in paper folding), used by Creative Commons license. Thanks!)

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Forget Church Growth, Aim for Church Health

Rick Warren writes: “The church is a Body, not a business – an organism, not an organization. Since the church is a living organism, it’s natural for it to grow if it’s healthy. What then is the secret of church health?” Warren has some good ideas.  (Photo by Joshua Smith, used by Creative Commons license.… Read more»