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Generosity Today

Generosity Today is a quarterly publication for your church, designed to inspire generosity and educate your congregation about smart and powerful ways they can support your church beyond the offering plate.


#36 No-Brainer, Game-Changer: Gifts In A Will
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You know a game-changer when you see one. Game-changers flip the playing field and re-write the rules of the game. When it comes to money for your church’s ministry, there’s a no-brainer, game-changer and it’s called “gifts in a will.” Rev. Phil Leo and Mike LeFebre, Stewardship Leader at Immanuel CRC (Hudsonville, MI), discuss the easiest ways to receive gifts in a will, common obstacles and how to overcome them.

#35 Money Problems We Lose Sleep Over
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Money problems got you losing sleep? In this episode, Barnabas Foundation's Phil Leo and John Bolt, Director of Finance and Operations for the Christian Reformed Church, discuss: “Money Problems We Lose Sleep Over."

In addition to common money problems church leaders face, both personally and professionally, they cover all of the resources available for you and your church. 

#34 Giving Real Estate
Listen to #34 Giving Real Estate

Do you have real estate you no longer need or care to manage? You can reduce your costs and headaches by giving all or part of it to ministry. 

Join Barnabas Foundation’s Steve Baker, J.D. (director of planning) and Kurt Knoll (director of member relations and investments) for practical tips on giving real estate to Kingdom causes. 

#33 Who Cares About a Donor Advised Fund?
Listen to #33 Who Cares About a Donor Advised Fund?

Who really cares about a donor-advised fund? Turns out the members of your church do! Want to get the inside scoop on donor-advised funds and how they benefit your church? Phil Leo and Steve Chittenden, Stewards Fund (Barnabas Foundation’s donor-advised fund) owner and faithful church supporter, discuss "Who Cares About a Donor-Advised Fund?"

#32 Funding Hacks to Pay for Ministry
Listen to #32 Funding Hacks to Pay for Ministry

When it comes to planned gifts, many church leaders believe their church might be too small, too young, or too old to receive these kinds of donations. Or perhaps, there isn't anyone in the congregation that knows how to make such a gift. What would it be like if your church overcame these obstacles? What if it were easy to promote and receive more planned gifts for your church’s ministry? Join Phil Leo and Cindi Riemersma, Barnabas Foundation's client service administrator, as they discuss "Funding Hacks to Pay for Ministry."

#31 Fact Check: Debunking Myths About Gifts in a Will
Listen to #31 Fact Check: Debunking Myths About Gifts in a Will

Try your fact-checking prowess on some commonly held assumptions about members who leave a gift in their will to your church:

  • Only wealthy members make gifts in a will.
  • Church members don’t want to hear from their pastor about leaving a gift in their will.
  • A gift in a will is the only way to make a significant contribution.
  • Church members give less while they’re alive if they plan a gift in their will.

In this episode, Phil Leo, church communications director, and Nathan Osborn, managing director of planning at Barnabas Foundation, discuss “Fact Check: Debunking Myths About Gifts In A Will.”

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The Growing Generosity of Jack and Mary Ann Byeman

“It’s not about how much should we give, but how much should we keep.”

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Wandering Aramean: That’s quite a pile of grain you have there, Mr. Building-Bigger-Barns!

Mr. Building-Bigger-Barns: Tell me about it. I’m definitely going to have to build bigger barns! Who are you?

WA: I’m just a wandering Aramean, but most people know me as ‘Jacob’.

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June 4th, 2021 Pastor to Pastor , Blog

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