Missionary Musings

A Question of Timing

About this time every year, churches call and ask, "Is it too late to start a capital stewardship campaign?" The answer is, it depends! We joke that most of our answers are, it depends! That is because there are so many variables that go into campaign planning. As I write...


Before You Can Start, You Have to Get It Out of Committee!

Don’t let a committee kill your dream of expanding your ministry! I cannot tell you the number of times I have talked to a pastor with a dream of expanding his ministry, only to have a committee kill that dream with questions, hesitations, and roadblocks. Committees are designed to enhance...


Navigating Through Icebergs

An Open Letter to SBC Leadership In the fall of 2019, I began discussions with leaders of the Executive Committee about building a stewardship platform for SBC churches. Then Covid hit, and then controversy came, followed by resignations, and all that talk was shelved. Last April, I was invited to speak...


An Easy Formula to Evaluate Your Church’s Growth (or Decline)

Is your church growing or declining? How would you know? We found a great article posted on the BP Toolbox site by Thom Rainer. We subscribe to the theory that if Rainer writes it, we need to read it. The following post, reposted here with permission, gives us a great...


What Happens When We Blame Others for Ministry Difficulties

Chuck Lawless, in a recent post on BP Toolbox, brought up the topic of blaming others for ministry difficulties. It is our experience, and studies show this, that the Senior Pastor must be highly engaged and involved in building a culture of generosity. So, pastor, the path to financial security...


An Interview with Dr. Ronnie Floyd

One of our goals at the Stewardship Journal is to bring you thoughts and writings from various outside sources. In coming issues, you will find posts from Thom Rainer, Chuck Lawless, and many others. In this edition, our focus has been on pastoral leadership with regard to stewardship. One area...


The Seasonal Giving Strategy

Whether we like it or not, three-day weekends are built into our calendars. This is a major reason why churches must have a seasonal giving strategy. The following post, written primarily about an Easter offering, none the less contains valuable information about seasonal giving strategies including three-day weekends. It is...


Common Mistakes to Avoid

One of the easiest ways to increase giving over the summer is through an effective online strategy. I use online giving options heavily in my summer plans. Below is a recent post I wrote for my sponsor: https://www.onlinegiving.org/. We are weeks away from summer, which is traditionally one of the...


7 Reasons to Make Summer Giving Plans

As we continue this Journal about summer giving plans, we bring you a previously posted article by Mark Brooks. Originally, it was published before Easter. We have changed the first sentence to reflect that we are now post-Easter. You can find the original post linked at the bottom of the...


5 Reasons Pastors Should Attend Summer Camp

Easter is over, and it's time to think summer, as in summer camp! The Journal will soon turn to summer issues, but we think it is good stewardship for a pastor to attend summer camp. We say the Amen to Kyle Cravens piece below, originally posted in the Baptist Press...