Pastor’s Financial Life: Part 1 of 5

For the last two months I’ve been preparing for Financial Peace, a new series we started on Sunday at The Journey. This preparation made me think about my own financial journey. If you know some of my story (and I won’t repeat it here) then you know that in my teenage/pre-Christian years I made a lot of money writing computer … Read More


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3rd Quarter Giving Statements

It’s October 2 so its time to start thinking about your 3rd Quarter Giving Statements. I haven’t written our third quarter letter yet but I will post it here as soon as I do (for a sample of my 2nd Quarter Giving Letter click here).  The obvious issue to address in the letter is the ecomony. My letter will be … Read More


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Where There’s Slack There’s Lack – Part 6 of 8

SYSTEM #6: THE STEWARDSHIP SYSTEM Wednesday has rolled around again! Time for the weekly installation of our eight-part “Where There’s Slack There’s Lack” series. I’m particularly excited about the system we are looking at today. It’s a crucial system and one that’s surrounded by a lot of questions and misconceptions… Have you ever had a hard time getting new believers … Read More


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How to Survive an IRS Audit

A few weeks ago I mentioned that I’m being audited by the IRS. The case is ‘almost closed’ although there are still some minor paperwork issues to be handled. Hopefully everything will be settled by August. As it turns out, everything was ‘proper and in order’ with my 2006 return but I did learn some important lessons. First, I was … Read More


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Stewardship Seminar – Video Webcast – Last Chance!

In less than 48 hours, we will be doing a video webcast of my Stewardship Seminar.  Why don’t you join me for the event?  It’s Thursday, July 24, from 9:00am – Noon Eastern Time.  Here’s how it works: – I’ll be teaching the seminar live here in NYC to a great group of pastors – You will watch the video-stream … Read More


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Break the Summer Giving Slump with a Mid Year Giving Statement (plus a free download of my letter)

If you’ve listened to my Stewardship Seminar then you know that I’m a fan of quarterly giving statements. The IRS only requires that you send “Giving Statements” once a year (in January) to everyone who has given financially to your church but I recommend you do it four times a year. Even if you can’t send giving statements four times … Read More


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Lessons Learned From Rick Warren – Lesson #3

Lesson #3 – You Are Blessed To Be A Blessing   Rick taught me The Principle of Generosity. This principle states that you are blessed to be a blessing. God wants to work through you. He wants the blessings He pours into your life and ministry to flow out of you and bless others. Picture a living river, being fed … Read More


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