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One trait of every healthy, growing church I’ve ever seen is what I call “lung capacity.” By lung capacity, I’m referring to the ability to do ministry at a level requiring endurance and sacrifice over an extended period of time. It’s vital we develop this in churches, because ministry is hard. It’s a joy, but it’s hard.

Churches (and pastors) that can get winded by any conflict, any challenge, or steep challenges over short time periods will struggle to grow healthily over time. There are three reasons for this:


Few preachers look forward to the opportunity to ask the church for money. We don’t look forward to having our motives questioned, people getting irritable, or doing the “talk of shame” to encourage the church to give to meet budget. If that’s what we think happens in the process of asking the church for money, all of those things will happen–and they should. There is no vision or spirituality behind “the ask,” and the asker lacks personal conviction that encourages people to give.

Recently, the Chronicle of Philanthropy published it’s study on charitable giving. As is often the case, data beats stereotypes when it comes to generosity. Here are some quotes from their study: “Religion has a big influence on giving patterns. Regions of the country that are deeply religious are more generousContinue Reading