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Here’s A Plan to Exceed This Year’s Budget

Here’s A Plan to Exceed This Year’s Budget

Article Type: Pastor to Pastor

It’s 2022 and this year’s budget (at least for calendar year) isn’t exactly screaming for attention. But what would it be like if, right now, your church set this year’s giving goal to exceed budget expectations?

Crazy talk? Sure, if we’re just talking cash gifts. But when non-cash gifts are in play, anything’s possible.

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Proclaiming and Demonstrating the Gospel

Proclaiming and Demonstrating the Gospel

Article Type: General Articles

The Impact of Your Stewards Fund Dollars Gratitude is overflowing from churches, ministries and other charities that benefited from your generosity in 2021. Leaders share story after story of God’s provision and how new opportunities for ministry came as a result of your Stewards Fund giving.

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How To Be Freed From the "Good Life" Trap

How To Be Freed From the "Good Life" Trap

Article Type: Biblical Stewardship

Ah, the good life – beginning each and every day by shuffling barefoot out to the beach, just a few steps from your back door. There’s nothing to do (ever), and not a single care in the world belongs to you.

Sounds amazing, right? Who doesn’t want the good life? Except it doesn’t exist, at least not according to the way this world defines it.

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How Can I Give to My Church in My Will?

How Can I Give to My Church in My Will?

Article Type: Ask a Planner

Q: How can I give to my church in my will?

A: One easy way to accomplish this is by giving through Barnabas Foundation. Once you’ve designated Barnabas Foundation as the beneficiary in your legal documents, you can then tell us how funds should be distributed to your church and the other ministries close to your heart.

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Is God Worried?

Is God Worried?

Article Type: A Message From the Director

“Is God worried?”

In a recent conversation with a close friend, he repeated this question we had both heard by a Christian musical artist in the previous week. Of course, we both knew the answer — even though the issues we were discussing seemed insurmountable, as they so often do.

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Wanna Buy A Pig-In-A-Poke?

Wanna Buy A Pig-In-A-Poke?

Article Type: Pastor to Pastor

When impulse buyers went shopping in the Middle Ages, they often ended up with a “pig-in-a-poke.” It made them wish they had practiced some patience and self-control.

Today, we’re not doing much better.

Is it possible to make regular, reasoned and calculated money choices? Can that little whisper telling us to “buy now” ever be silenced?

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When Church Members Don’t Give

When Church Members Don’t Give

Article Type: Pastor to Pastor

Every church has attendees and even members who contribute nothing … zero…nada to the operating budget — year after year. What gives?!

Is this okay? Can anything be done? Should we expect a miracle?

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Can I Buy More Time to Make Year-End Gifts?

Can I Buy More Time to Make Year-End Gifts?

Q: Can I buy more time to make year-end gifts to my church and other charities?

A. Your concern is understandable! The holiday frenzy makes it challenging to thoroughly research charities, decide gift amounts and give any assets — all by December 31.

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A Foundation of Joy

A Foundation of Joy

Article Type: Life Stories

“I wasn’t feeling the reward anymore.” That’s how Joan Donnell recalls the work running her family’s foundation. “Actually, some bitterness had grown,” she recalls.

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