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Our current economy, coupled with the ongoing transitions in congregational life and ministry focus, has combined to create intense pressure on church staffing models. With finances tight, congregations are being forced to take stock of the number of professional staff members they require and can afford as well as the focus of those staff members. […] Read More

Christian leaders released a statement on Feb. 25 urging President Obama and congressional leaders to protect federal programs that provide services to the nation’s most vulnerable citizens – instead of continuing the political brinksmanship over the budget. It’s a biblically sound and morally timely document at the very moment that Obama is proclaiming that the […] Read More

If there is one recurring theme to the conversations I have regularly with clergy, lay leaders and denominational employees, it is viability. In a myriad of ways, people are asking viability questions about ministry, congregational life, finances, staff models, facilities, organizational structures, mission and just about every aspect of religious life today. These viability issues […] Read More

Congressional leaders averted a shutdown of the federal government at almost midnight on April 8 after prolonged and contentious negotiations, agreeing to $37.8 billion in cuts from the current year’s budget that runs through the end of September.   The House and Senate must concur with the agreement this week.   The Friday negotiated agreement […] Read More

It’s hunting season, and the woods and fields are filled with dedicated hunters intent on bagging a trophy or simply putting food on the table. Not a good time to be a deer.   It’s approaching the end of the year and most churches continue to feel the negative impact of the Great Recession. The […] Read More

In his best-selling book “God’s Politics,” Jim Wallis argues that governmental budgets and tax policies are moral issues. The reason why? Because the way communities raise revenue, normally in the form of taxes, and how that money is spent in the form of programs and services, affect people’s lives. That means budgets have moral consequences. […] Read More

In his State of the Union address, President Bush said: “Our greatness is not measured in power or luxuries, but by who we are and how we treat one another. So we strive to be a compassionate, decent, hopeful society,” one that “comes to the aid of fellow citizens in times of suffering and emergency.” […] Read More

A Biblical Budget

After reviewing President Bush’s $2.77 trillion budget for 2007, I am convinced that he is a man who reads the Bible literally. Specifically Matthew 25:29: “For everyone who has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him.” During his first […] Read More

Led by evangelical activist Jim Wallis, 114 religious leaders were arrested Wednesday in Washington for civil disobedience protesting federal budget proposals that slash spending for the poor while extending tax breaks for the rich. According to, the religious leaders held a press conference before kneeling in prayer to block the entrance to the <?xml:namespace […] Read More

Worldwide military expenditures surpassed the $1 trillion mark for the first time in 2004, according to a report from a respected Swedish research organization. Spending totaled $1,035 billion. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office” />   The report noted that in “real terms” this amount was only 6 percent lower than military spending at […] Read More