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Ep. 120: Brian Kluth on Money, Sex, and Power in Ministry

On today’s MinistryWatch Extra episode, I’m welcoming back to the program a man who is fueling a movement of generosity in this country, Brian Kluth.

Brian has been called “America’s Giving Guy” because of his work to help Christians become more generous.  But he is a man of many parts, you might say.  He was in my hometown of Charlotte recently as part of his nationwide “Bless Your Pastor” tour, and over dinner we started talking about some of the unfortunate scandals we have been covering here at MinistryWatch.

During that conversation, I was impressed by some of the things Brian had to say about money, sex, and power – especially in the Christian context.  And I said, “Brian, we’ve got to talk about this on the podcast.”  He agreed, and here we are.

Before we begin, a quick biographical note about Brian Kluth.

Brian’s books and devotionals on generous giving have sold more than a million copies and have been translated into more than 40 languages.  They are used in more than 100 countries.

For the past four years, Brian has been working specifically to get the church to be more generous with its pastor, and he has been spearheading a movement called “Bless Your Pastor” that hopes to reduce pastor burnout, increase job satisfaction on the part of pastors, and create healthy pastors and their families, as well as healthy churches.

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The producers for today’s program are Rich Roszel and Steve Gandy.   We get database and other technical support from Cathy Goddard, Stephen DuBarry, and Casey Sudduth.

Until next time, may God bless you.