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  There is frequent talk these days about the true source of goods and whether or not they have been obtained without harm to people, animals, or the environment. In fact, visit your local supermarket and find products labelled as “Fair Trade”. Generally, this means the workers involved in the production process had safe and clean work conditions and received appropriate remuneration. In some instances, the very nature of an organisation’s revenue stream may be harmful. A business that derives…

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This article is first published by Christian Super. Two Meetings, Two Perspectives In one week in Jakarta, I had two meetings: one with an Indonesian ministry leader, and one with an American lawyer. One kept asking for a grant and wouldn’t take no for an answer. The other wouldn’t let me give to his work. You may be surprised which was which. The Indonesian leader pioneers Bible translation across his nation. He requires that Indonesians cover half of the cost…

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what does it mean to integrate faith and work

This article is first published by Christian Super. I’m going to take this topic in the order of the nouns (Christian and entrepreneur) used in the term. In order to be an effective Christian anything, showing any real fruit, one needs to know what it means to be a Christian — an entrepreneur is by far the lesser of the terms. This might sound obvious, but all too often, it's not. Successful entrepreneurs who just happen to be Christians (entrepreneur…

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This article is first published by Christian Super. The world’s advice on earning leads you to disaster. It erodes your character and pillages your relationships. You fall into the trap of loving money and using people to accomplish your purposes. There’s a higher road you can take. I believe you can maximize, even multiply your impact as a steward and worker for God through your work and relationships but only by mastering three tasks. Acknowledge Your Place in God’s Work…

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  First, we need to focus on the kind of employees we ought to be: ethical workers, kind workers, hard workers, excellent workers, Gospel-sharing workers. This is the most common answer usually given to this question, and it rightly focuses us on personal character. Each day we ask for the Holy Spirit to bear more fruit through us: that we might be increasingly marked by love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control as we navigate our workplace…

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Should every Church have a stewardship committee

  It is recommended that very church should have a stewardship committee that can encourage every member to learn and practice biblical stewardship in personal, family, work, and community life. Here are seven good reasons why a church should have a stewardship committee: Stewardship encompasses all of life but not much attention is given to its teaching and practice. Every believer needs help in their stewardship journey. The stewardship committee can plan an integrated teaching on stewardship for the church.…

Related: Help Your Congregation Win Financially

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Organizing a Fundraising Dinner That Rocks

  Whether you are organizing a sacrificial dinner or a celebration dinner, you want people who come to go home thinking and talking about the event and your cause. You want to create an impact in the minds and hearts of those who participated in your fundraising dinner. Organizing a fundraising dinner that rocks entails ample preparation of six to 12 months. Write down clear objectives for the event such as the amount of money you want to raise, a…

Related: Fundraising Fatigue?

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Five Lessons from the Parable of the Talents

  Jesus gave a parable in Matthew 25:14-30 where he tells the story of 3 bags of gold, and the 3 employees he entrusted them to. This parable taught me important values I've learned to trust and lean on in the workplace.  Looking at the first verse in the parable, verse 14, establishes the setting and relationship between the main characters (the boss and his employees).  The boss was leaving for a certain time, the business needed to continue in his temporary absence, and…

Related:  The Joys of Being Poor — Poor in the Spirit

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Help Your Congregation Win Financially

Do a survey in your congregation. Ask them to name five things that they currently struggle with and I am sure that one of them is financial strife. Credit card debt. Student loans. Mortgages. Utility bills. Different names—the same problem. Lack of money. As a pastor, you have a fantastic opportunity to help your congregation win financially and overcome lack through Biblical and practical teaching. Here are some ways: 1. Preach on Biblical Finances You have a captured audience that…

Related: INTIMACY, The One Thing That Will Really Transform Your Finances

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 The Joys of Being Poor — Poor in the Spirit

  Only by looking at it with biblical eyes will anyone appreciate how being poor in any way, shape or form becomes a blessing. In the world’s view it is the rich who are blessed because they have plenty. But Jesus’ declaration in Matthew 5:3 (NIV), “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” points to something so much more important than material possessions—our spiritual standing before God. Growing up in church, you may have…

Related: Five Lessons from the Parable of the Talents

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