I was totally unprepared when I received a call from the trust department of the local bank. I had been the pastor of the tiny little congregation for just three months when I was informed that the church would be receiving a bequest gift with a value of nearly $250,000. That was nearly triple our annual budget!
An unexpected gift can be a blessing, or it can be a curse. Paula Tsufis and her pastor, Dave Mesner, chart a way forward in the case of a surprise gift.
While many congregations long for more funds to sustain their ministries, the shadow side of stewardship is that receiving too many funds also presents