Franklin ‘Zip’ Long

Zip is a pastor called to cultivate spiritual growth by helping people to see the connection between their gifts and life-changing ministry. He has served thirty-six years in ministry, with more than a dozen years in financial stewardship.

A pastor in the local church for more than two decades, Zip led a wide range of congregations from small rural parishes to suburban, mid-sized congregations to large urban, multi-staff churches. His ministry has always focused on stewardship, spirituality and coaching generosity.

As a consulting pastor, Zip has worked with over 100 congregations across the United States. He has helped churches with visioning, budget growth, capital improvements, debt retirement, and relocation.

Zip and his wife, Nada, live in the Atlanta area. They share four grown children and two incredibly beautiful granddaughters.

Your Church Isn’t Poor, You Just Need to Align Resources

Your Church Isn’t Poor, You Just Need to Align Resources

If your church is wrestling to balance funding with your current needs for ministry, be sure you assess the full range of resources in your portfolio. Many churches that think they are poor are actually undiagnosed church hoarders. The key to overcoming this problem...

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Let’s Give Them Something to Talk About – Church Giving

Let’s Give Them Something to Talk About – Church Giving

How Do You Make Your Coffee? Making coffee is something I do every morning. For me, that means scooping pre-ground coffee into a number four cone filter and pushing the start button on my German-made coffee maker. How do you make coffee? Some people use the one-cup...

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We Need Christmas

We Need Christmas

Years ago, like a lot of Christians, I often lamented the commercialization of Christmas and talked at length about how our American style of materialism worked against the spirit of the season.  For me, this was obvious in the way Christmas spilled to earlier...

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The Easy Part of Generosity

The Easy Part of Generosity

Spirituality can mean a lot of things - becoming intimate with the sacred, welcoming the holy into our lives, or coming closer to Jesus. It is always a process of growth. But here’s the thing, and it will likely surprise you: The easiest place in our lives for...

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