In 1993, Richard Hammar and Jim Cobble started publishing Church Treasurer Alert to help treasurers stay on top of key accounting, legal, and financial developments. In 2008, Church Treasurer Alert changed its name to Church Finance Today. Throughout its 25 years, this monthly newsletter has consistently sought to help churches successfully navigate shifts in the financial landscape. For this anniversary issue, we highlight five of the most significant developments in financial ministry over the past 25 years, explain the implications of those changes, and give tips for making the most of the opportunities offered by each change.
During a normal Sunday morning service at a local church, while the congregation read the overhead screens during the sermon, someone in the congregation decided to check email. That church member's smartphone synced with the church's projectors and took them over. All of a sudden, the whole congregation was reading that person's email.