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While this site continues to be available on the web (and has some useful resources in it, so we’ll leave it that way for now) you should know that the Center for Renewal was closed in 2014 as a result of budget cutting at Grand View University. Many of the references and dates are obsolete and will not be updated. But feel free to look around at the good work that was done during the seven years of the Center’s existence.


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I was given three opportunities to put something in the offering plate in worship this morning. Well, almost. The usher in the center aisle made two feints, uncertain whether he should send the offering plate down the aisle to us and the other couple sitting in our row. Seeing nothing in our hands, he moved on to the next row, just as the usher in the side aisle sent a plate down our row. All pointless, it turned out, as none of us had anything to put in it.

You already know what is happening. In our case, we make an offering once a month, so the other three or four Sundays we have nothing to put in the plate. And we are among the few who still write out a check for our offering. Increasingly, people are contributing by direct deposit, a change that is less trouble for contributors and a boon to the cash flow of congregations.

So what is a church to do? (more…)

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