At the risk of sounding like a complete nerd, I must admit that I couldn’t wait to read a blog post titled, “Church Giving Statistics, 2019 Edition.” The post is filled with 25 interesting statistical insights into church giving like how 8 out of 10 people who give to churches have zero credit card debt; or how on average Christians give 2.5% of their income. Overall, the statics show Continue reading “Bobservations: I’m Such a Nerd” »
It looks like “May gray” is finally giving way to the warmer weather and sunshine that we have all come to expect in this beautiful valley. For many, that change in the weather is a signal to start planning a summer vacation filled with fun, adventure, family time, and hopefully a carefully crafted budget for a debt free vacation! If your vacation budget wasn’t on your summer vacation list, you may want to check out last year’s post Continue reading “Bobservations: A Summer Reminder” »
In chapter 16 of the gospel of Luke, Jesus shares a story of a very shrewd business manager as a way to communicate to his disciples that being faithful in how we use “little things” will determine our faithfulness in bigger things. Jesus then goes on to define the “little things” as money. His message is that if you cannot handle money properly, how can you be trusted with something of real value. That parable came to life this Easter Continue reading “Bobservations: Second Quarter Update with a message from Pastor Britt” »
A few weeks ago, I was stopped in the hallway between services by someone I know. He shared with me that he was convicted by my email. I’ll be honest, I send a lot of emails and was not sure I knew which email he meant at first. He went on to say that when he printed his annual donation statement, it only had one gift – for the entire year. It was clear he Continue reading “Bobservations: A Story on Stewardship” »
Right before the holidays, an email came to me from someone who does not attend our church that read, “Living in my car, out of money and food, where is God?” My heart ached for this person; they sounded so desperate, so hopeless. I was not sure how my response would be received, but I wanted to share Continue reading “Bobservations: When (not if) Trials Happen” »
January marks the end of the first quarter of the new fiscal year at Sunridge, and I cannot think of a better way to start this year’s blog than sharing Pastor Britt’s email reflecting on all that God is doing through you!
As I write to you, I’m looking out of my office window on a sparklingly clear morning, and what I see makes me think of Sunridge. You see, this is one of those rare mornings in our valley. We’ve had some rain over the past couple days, but today the sun came out. The air smells clean and fresh. The hills adjacent to our campus where I mountain bike are popping with fresh green growth. Even the bunnies I see on the trail seem happy! That’s how Sunridge feels to me. Continue reading “Bobservations: First Quarter Update with a message from Pastor Britt” »
I remember with crystal clarity the period in my marriage when Diane and I struggled the most with money. Oddly, it had nothing to do with raising our daughters, even though their needs were seemingly endless, like food, clothes, braces, school supplies, gas, doctor visits, etc. No, the worst financial period we experienced was prior to having children. At the time, I was convinced that in order to get out of apartment living and be able to purchase a home, we needed to make some drastic changes. I took an extra job working weekends and evenings, but knew it wasn’t going to be enough. Continue reading “Bobservations: When I Robbed God” »
Of all of the incredible things God allows me to do at Sunridge, leading FPU (Financial Peace University) with my wife Diane is at the top of that list. We just finished the fall 2018 9-week session as part of “Thursdays at Sunridge,” and it was so much fun! My favorite part is seeing those aha moments happen. Continue reading “Bobservations: An Aha Moment” »
At the conclusion of the final quarter of our fiscal year, our Lead Pastor, Britt Sipe, reflected on some of the wonderful things that God is doing in and through our church over the last three months. Below is the fourth-quarter budget update email that Pastor Britt sends to those who financially invest in and support Sunridge.
As I write to you, one of Sunridge’s 528 financial partners over this past fiscal year, I am so grateful for the positive report I have for you. It’s so obvious that God has been prompting you and others to support the mission of helping people find and follow Jesus as never before. Here’s a few financial facts that are encouraging me, and I’m pretty sure will encourage you as well: Continue reading “Bobservation – Fourth Quarter Update” »
A LOOK BACK
Last year during Vision Sunday we presented the budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year. It was an important budget in the history of our church. Not because it increased the overall budget by 21% compared to the prior year’s budget, but because it was designed to move us forward. Within that budget we were able to add much needed staff to carry us into this season of momentum Continue reading “Bobservation – Looking Back and Looking Ahead” »