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Three Lessons for Steward Leaders by Gary G. Hoag, Ph.D.

by Gary G. Hoag, Ph.D. ~ What should we say to constituents when the ministry we serve has financial needs? Recently a ministry leader emailed me and asked for advice before sending a message to board members and ministry supporters. While I will keep the identity of this steward leader confidential, I want to share…

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4 Sound Instructions for a Steward Leader by Gary G. Hoag, Ph.D.

  By Gary G. Hoag, Ph.D. In 1 Timothy 6:3, the “sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ” are set in contrast to false teaching linked to money. In other words, bad teaching related to handling riches was present in the community of faith and Paul wanted Timothy to teach only what was “sound” or…

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Ministry Leaders and Metrics by Gary G. Hoag, Ph.D.

By Gary G. Hoag, Ph.D. Governing boards often require ministry leaders to use a variety of “metrics” to report results. These “metrics” often reflect the desired outcomes of ministry activity. Consider some examples of this practice: a Christian school might report enrollment figures, a medical ministry might tabulate the number of patients served, and a…

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Watch Your Language by Gary G. Hoag, Ph.D.

by Gary G. Hoag, Ph.D. Almost daily in December my mailbox received a stack of direct mail appeals inviting us to participate with various ministries in their work through giving. One evening my wife neatly left a stack of them for me on the counter. The assortment included organizations we have supported and others that…

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Outcomes, Time, and The Choice

by Gary G. Hoag, Ph.D. Recently, my CLA 2015 Outcomes Conference brochure arrived in the mail. It’s time to register. The theme for the 2015 gathering is “Time”. Upon learning that, my mind raced to a favorite movie quote from Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring and instructions the Apostle Paul gave…

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Should Christians Save for Retirement?

by Gary G. Hoag, Ph.D. This is one of those “elephant in the room” questions. Before I try to tackle it in a blog post I want to share three statements that reveal the basis for my thinking: I will approach this question from a biblical perspective. Should you grapple with my comments, please search…

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How Do You Define Success?

by Gary G. Hoag, Ph.D. How do you define success in your church or ministry setting? In The Choice: The Christ-Centered Pursuit of Kingdom Outcomes, R. Scott Rodin, Wesley K. Willmer, and I suggest that most people define success in one of two ways, and this decision charts a predictable course that sends us down…

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Ministries Don't Need Money!

by Gary G. Hoag, Ph.D. Now that I have your attention, allow me to explain my statement. The New Testament presents at least three things ministries (groups of Christ-followers working together on mission) need, and money is not one of them. 1.     Ministries need leaders who are free of the love of money and full…

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Top 10 List of New Testament Givers and their Gifts

by Gary G. Hoag, PhD The context for my post today is the Christmas season when our thoughts focus on gift giving. Rather than direct your attention to purchasing a home entertainment system, the latest name brand clothing or the newest toys for girls and boys, I want to shift our gaze from this century…

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Raising Up Stewards

by Gary G. Hoag, Ph.D. Most people think that the job of development professionals is to “raise money” for the ministries they serve. Others go a step further and express that they “build relationships with people” who already support or may be interested in supporting God’s work there. Both of these comments are byproducts or…

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