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Pastor and writer Karl Vaters has issued an important 5-point reality check for churches.

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Among his many worries, as he faces the inevitability of growing older Mr. Brown frets a lot about money.

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Most Canadian families today are living with a burden of financial stress that was unimaginable 50 years ago. 75% of Canadians are currently carrying some form of household debt.  Canadians owe nearly $1.64 for every $1 in disposable income they earn in a year.

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It is that time of year again. Churches are preparing their annual financial reports and putting the finishing touches on their budgets.

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I know the US is not Canada. But it is likely that, though the numbers are vastly different, the trends in charitable giving are similar in the two countries.

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No matter how the financial life of the church is supported, there are two biblical principles that form the foundation of any legitimate Christian fundraising.

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In a recent public debate regarding the finances of the church, I said, “I am personally allergic to fundraising in the church.”

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The church has a troubled history when it comes to discussing the delicate matter of money.

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People who connect themselves in some way to the Christian church represent a baffling diversity of opinion about many issues. You do not have to go far in the church to find a robust debate about almost any important matter relating to life, spirituality, and the institution of the church. It is sometimes difficult to imagine how such a variety of opinion can ever coexist in one communal expression.

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How many times can you use the word “crisis” and still be taken seriously?

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