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2013-10-11 12:10:45 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

They'll know we are Christians by our... witty marketing campaigns?

Perhaps I am just being cranky...but this kind of irritates me. Answers in Genesis recently launched a billboard campaign that simply says "To all our atheist friends: Thank God you're wrong." 

Is this really what we want to known by?

Most reshares: 1

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2013-03-27 14:03:59 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

59% of Americans have no church plans for Easter Sunday

+Ed Stetzer released a poll yesterday that suggests 20% of Americans are undecided about whether they will be in church on Easter, and 39% know that they will not be. In this morning's Ministry Briefing conversation we talk about two possible meanings of this study, and what churches need to learn from this.

What are YOU anticipating Easter Sunday attendance will be?

Most plusones: 4

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2013-10-11 12:10:45 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

They'll know we are Christians by our... witty marketing campaigns?

Perhaps I am just being cranky...but this kind of irritates me. Answers in Genesis recently launched a billboard campaign that simply says "To all our atheist friends: Thank God you're wrong." 

Is this really what we want to known by?

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2014-02-20 04:40:54 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

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this is fantastic___

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2013-12-03 13:43:04 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Are YOU a journaler?

My friend +Adam Feldman just released a fantastic tool for church leaders looking to help their congregation looking to lean into the discipline of journaling. Yesterday he sat down with me to tell me about his new book, and to show off his beard. Check out the interview, and learn how you can get a free copy of Adam's new book!

Are YOU a journaler?

My friend +Adam Feldman just released a fantastic tool for church leaders looking to help their congregation looking to lean into the discipline of journaling. Yesterday he sat down with me to tell me about his new book, and to show off his beard. Check out the interview, and learn how you can get a free copy of Adam's new book!___

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2013-11-26 13:01:51 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

On Friday the Pastoral Housing Allowance was declared unconstitutional

This raises many questions for churches, pastors, and their families. +Todd Rhoades and I asked Mike Batts, of Batts Morrison Wales & Lee, to sit down with us and help us understand this ruling means for churches and pastors. 

Check out the conversation below:

On Friday the Pastoral Housing Allowance was declared unconstitutional

This raises many questions for churches, pastors, and their families. +Todd Rhoades and I asked Mike Batts, of Batts Morrison Wales & Lee, to sit down with us and help us understand this ruling means for churches and pastors. 

Check out the conversation below:___

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2013-11-20 13:36:54 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

A pretty big change is happening for Theresa and I...

Here we go, next part of the journey starts now.

A pretty big change is happening for Theresa and I...

Here we go, next part of the journey starts now.___

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2013-11-15 16:03:24 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Is YOUR church ready for year end?

In the last entry into our three part series, +Jeremy Moore shares what churches need to be thinking about when it comes to budgeting for 2014.

Is YOUR church ready for year end?

In the last entry into our three part series, +Jeremy Moore shares what churches need to be thinking about when it comes to budgeting for 2014.___

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2013-11-12 13:45:43 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

All the leadership goodness, none of the bathroom lines...

Today is the first day of Leadership Network's The Nines conference. This online conference invites over 100 speakers, over the course of two days, to share what is working. Here is what I love about the conference, and what Larry Osborne is sharing.

Check it out:

All the leadership goodness, none of the bathroom lines...

Today is the first day of Leadership Network's The Nines conference. This online conference invites over 100 speakers, over the course of two days, to share what is working. Here is what I love about the conference, and what Larry Osborne is sharing.

Check it out:___

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2013-11-06 13:51:26 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Beware of minor moral compromises...

Today's conversation is with +Peter Greer, President and CEO of Hope International, and author of the book The Spiritual Danger of Doing Good. In a fascinating conversation, Peter shares about the risks involved in doing good work, and is a conversation that every church leader needs to check out. And besides, where else will you hear from a guy that survived an attempted kidnapping by a Silverback Gorilla?

Beware of minor moral compromises...

Today's conversation is with +Peter Greer, President and CEO of Hope International, and author of the book The Spiritual Danger of Doing Good. In a fascinating conversation, Peter shares about the risks involved in doing good work, and is a conversation that every church leader needs to check out. And besides, where else will you hear from a guy that survived an attempted kidnapping by a Silverback Gorilla?___

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2013-11-04 14:58:41 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Our metrics define what we create...

What makes this tricky in the church world is that a churches metrics are often unspoken.

What is YOUR church's most important metric?

Our metrics define what we create...

What makes this tricky in the church world is that a churches metrics are often unspoken.

What is YOUR church's most important metric?___

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2013-11-01 12:53:27 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

It's time to get serious about year end...

Today is November 1, year end is now 60 days away. If you haven't started to prepare for year end, it is time to do so. Today I am sharing part one of three on what churches need to be thinking through for year end this year. Today I have a conversation with +Brad Leeper about year end giving, and what it takes to manage that well.

Are YOU ready for year end?

It's time to get serious about year end...

Today is November 1, year end is now 60 days away. If you haven't started to prepare for year end, it is time to do so. Today I am sharing part one of three on what churches need to be thinking through for year end this year. Today I have a conversation with +Brad Leeper about year end giving, and what it takes to manage that well.

Are YOU ready for year end?___

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2013-10-31 19:07:56 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

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2013-10-28 13:32:33 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Do you have a through line?

Curtis Martin doesn't like football.
He doesn't like running either.

Would it surprise you to know that he is an NFL Hall of Famer? Curtis knew the value of having a through line: a bigger reason for his being a football player. It works the same way for church leaders.

What is YOUR through line?

Do you have a through line?

Curtis Martin doesn't like football.
He doesn't like running either.

Would it surprise you to know that he is an NFL Hall of Famer? Curtis knew the value of having a through line: a bigger reason for his being a football player. It works the same way for church leaders.

What is YOUR through line?___

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2013-10-23 12:54:14 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Is YOUR church magnetic?

+Bob Franquiz realized that while his church plant was growing, it really wasn't attracting the unchurched. Over the course of the next several years he began to reshape his church's culture into one that was far more welcoming to the world around it. Today, +Todd Rhoades and I sit down with Bob to hear his story, learn about his new book, and gain insight onto how to reshape a church's culture.

What are you not willing to do to reach the lost?

Is YOUR church magnetic?

+Bob Franquiz realized that while his church plant was growing, it really wasn't attracting the unchurched. Over the course of the next several years he began to reshape his church's culture into one that was far more welcoming to the world around it. Today, +Todd Rhoades and I sit down with Bob to hear his story, learn about his new book, and gain insight onto how to reshape a church's culture.

What are you not willing to do to reach the lost?___

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2013-10-11 12:10:45 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

They'll know we are Christians by our... witty marketing campaigns?

Perhaps I am just being cranky...but this kind of irritates me. Answers in Genesis recently launched a billboard campaign that simply says "To all our atheist friends: Thank God you're wrong." 

Is this really what we want to known by?

They'll know we are Christians by our... witty marketing campaigns?

Perhaps I am just being cranky...but this kind of irritates me. Answers in Genesis recently launched a billboard campaign that simply says "To all our atheist friends: Thank God you're wrong." 

Is this really what we want to known by?___

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2013-10-09 12:53:29 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Churches can Learn a lot from a Nuclear Submarine

In this week's Ministry Briefing Conversation, +Todd Rhoades and I are joined by David Marquet, author of the book Turn the Ship Around, and a recognized expert in the craft of changing organizational culture. Check out what David has to say to leaders looking to revitalize a church, and what he learned about leadership in his 25 year navy career.

Churches can Learn a lot from a Nuclear Submarine

In this week's Ministry Briefing Conversation, +Todd Rhoades and I are joined by David Marquet, author of the book Turn the Ship Around, and a recognized expert in the craft of changing organizational culture. Check out what David has to say to leaders looking to revitalize a church, and what he learned about leadership in his 25 year navy career.___

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2013-10-07 13:04:22 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Tell me YOUR job description in one sentence...

Can you do it? 

If not, it probably has more to say about your lack of clarity than your workload. 

Tell me YOUR job description in one sentence...

Can you do it? 

If not, it probably has more to say about your lack of clarity than your workload. ___

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2013-09-26 12:20:26 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

What is YOUR most important ministry tool?

A simple reflection on a recent interview coupled with a question that might not be so simple...

What is YOUR most important ministry tool?

A simple reflection on a recent interview coupled with a question that might not be so simple...___

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2013-09-25 13:56:23 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

This is something I am pretty excited about

I admit it. I have had a bit of a man crush on +Todd Henry for quite a while. I think that the way he approaches the life of the creative (and yes, if you are a church leader, you are a creative) is something that the church world needs to embrace _before we burn ourselves out. Todd's new book, Die Empty, releases tomorrow. Today, we are releasing a recent conversation that we had with Todd about creating healthy rhythms, staying fresh, and why he wrote his new new book.

How are YOU staying fresh in ministry?

This is something I am pretty excited about

I admit it. I have had a bit of a man crush on +Todd Henry for quite a while. I think that the way he approaches the life of the creative (and yes, if you are a church leader, you are a creative) is something that the church world needs to embrace _before we burn ourselves out. Todd's new book, Die Empty, releases tomorrow. Today, we are releasing a recent conversation that we had with Todd about creating healthy rhythms, staying fresh, and why he wrote his new new book.

How are YOU staying fresh in ministry?___

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2013-09-24 12:50:30 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Last weekend I was on a retreat led by Bob Roberts Jr....

It was incredible to hear the stories of how God has used Northwood Church to impact the entire world, and how it all came about. Here are my three takeaways from the weekend:

Last weekend I was on a retreat led by Bob Roberts Jr....

It was incredible to hear the stories of how God has used Northwood Church to impact the entire world, and how it all came about. Here are my three takeaways from the weekend:___

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2013-09-20 12:35:05 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

16,000 Ministries are at risk of losing nonprofit status this year

Is your's one? Take a few minutes, do the search, and find out. Don't let paperwork non-compliance limit your ministry effectiveness.

16,000 Ministries are at risk of losing nonprofit status this year

Is your's one? Take a few minutes, do the search, and find out. Don't let paperwork non-compliance limit your ministry effectiveness.___

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2013-09-18 16:29:00 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

10 years ago same-sex marriage was legalized in Canada

Today, my friend +Todd Rhoades and I speak with my friend Andrew Lamme, director of Toronto Church Planting, and someone who has extensive ministry experience in Canada. In today's conversation, Andrew shares some of his experiences with us, and what has worked, and hasn't worked, in this environment. As the United States continues to move in this direction, we think this conversation will help pastors and church leaders be prepared for what is coming.

10 years ago same-sex marriage was legalized in Canada

Today, my friend +Todd Rhoades and I speak with my friend Andrew Lamme, director of Toronto Church Planting, and someone who has extensive ministry experience in Canada. In today's conversation, Andrew shares some of his experiences with us, and what has worked, and hasn't worked, in this environment. As the United States continues to move in this direction, we think this conversation will help pastors and church leaders be prepared for what is coming.___

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2013-09-17 12:20:39 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Would people describe your leadership style as doing it to them, or with them?

One of the most important pieces of advice I pass along to the pastors I coach is to slow down. It can be tough, there is much to do, but to go too fast can cause bigger problems in your ministry than not changing things at all.

How do YOU approach change?

Would people describe your leadership style as doing it to them, or with them?

One of the most important pieces of advice I pass along to the pastors I coach is to slow down. It can be tough, there is much to do, but to go too fast can cause bigger problems in your ministry than not changing things at all.

How do YOU approach change?___

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2013-09-17 02:39:00 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

In the 1960's a FBC Oxford got it horribly wrong. In 2013 they got it right

There are so many stories of churches making horrible decisions, leaders going off the reservation in a bad way, and denominations doing goofy things that I thought this was a story worth sharing. FBC Oxford, Mississippi recently formally apologized to Oxford's Second Baptist Church for the racist policies that the church adopted in the sixties. This is the kind of thing that we don't see enough of, but when it happens, it gets me excited to see what the Holy Spirit will do as a result of the decision.

Would YOU church have the guts to do this?

In the 1960's a FBC Oxford got it horribly wrong. In 2013 they got it right

There are so many stories of churches making horrible decisions, leaders going off the reservation in a bad way, and denominations doing goofy things that I thought this was a story worth sharing. FBC Oxford, Mississippi recently formally apologized to Oxford's Second Baptist Church for the racist policies that the church adopted in the sixties. This is the kind of thing that we don't see enough of, but when it happens, it gets me excited to see what the Holy Spirit will do as a result of the decision.

Would YOU church have the guts to do this?___

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2013-09-12 16:01:54 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

What can the church learn from the Commandant of the Marine Corps?

A lot, apparently. General Charles Krulak, former Commandant of the Marine Corps, and originator of "Krulak's Law" was known for his views on winning the hearts and minds of occupied countries. Krulak's law states: Soldiers in the field interacting with local people are the most important element of nation building and counterinsurgency. So how does this relate to the church? The people whom your guests interact with the most, determine whether they will return in the future.

How do YOU choose who interacts with your visitors?

What can the church learn from the Commandant of the Marine Corps?

A lot, apparently. General Charles Krulak, former Commandant of the Marine Corps, and originator of "Krulak's Law" was known for his views on winning the hearts and minds of occupied countries. Krulak's law states: Soldiers in the field interacting with local people are the most important element of nation building and counterinsurgency. So how does this relate to the church? The people whom your guests interact with the most, determine whether they will return in the future.

How do YOU choose who interacts with your visitors?___

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2013-09-11 13:00:42 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

We talk a lot about the Religious Nones...

But what do we know about them? Are they a monolithic block?
My friend +Todd Rhoades  and I sat down with Thomas Coleman and Christopher Silver, the researchers behind the study defining the Six Types of Atheists. We asked them to share their findings with us, what surprised them, and what they would like to share with the evangelical community.

Click the link below and let us know what you think!

We talk a lot about the Religious Nones...

But what do we know about them? Are they a monolithic block?
My friend +Todd Rhoades  and I sat down with Thomas Coleman and Christopher Silver, the researchers behind the study defining the Six Types of Atheists. We asked them to share their findings with us, what surprised them, and what they would like to share with the evangelical community.

Click the link below and let us know what you think!___

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2013-09-10 15:10:25 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Last night, I had a choice: cry in my pillow, or find a takeaway from the Skins' loss

Today, I am taking a lesson from my friend +Brian Dodd and trying to redeem the disgrace that was the Redskins vs Eagles game last night. You may not be a football fan, but there were three takeaways from last night's game that leaders would be wise to heed.

Are YOU rusty?
Are YOU building synergy?
Are YOU preparing?

Last night, I had a choice: cry in my pillow, or find a takeaway from the Skins' loss

Today, I am taking a lesson from my friend +Brian Dodd and trying to redeem the disgrace that was the Redskins vs Eagles game last night. You may not be a football fan, but there were three takeaways from last night's game that leaders would be wise to heed.

Are YOU rusty?
Are YOU building synergy?
Are YOU preparing?___

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2013-09-09 17:55:36 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

*Been thinking about this a bunch lately... *

When Paul finishes up his first letter to Timothy, he gives him some crucial pieces of advice... but it isn't the advice that most people would expect. Paul doesn't give tips and tactics for pastoring well or preaching better... he tells Timothy to care for his soul.

How are YOU intentionally caring for your soul today?

*Been thinking about this a bunch lately... *

When Paul finishes up his first letter to Timothy, he gives him some crucial pieces of advice... but it isn't the advice that most people would expect. Paul doesn't give tips and tactics for pastoring well or preaching better... he tells Timothy to care for his soul.

How are YOU intentionally caring for your soul today?___

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2013-09-06 16:17:20 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Waiting until Thanksgiving to plan out a church's year end giving strategy is much too late... here are three things that you need to be thinking about now.

Waiting until Thanksgiving to plan out a church's year end giving strategy is much too late... here are three things that you need to be thinking about now.___

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2013-08-05 12:57:07 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

My friend +Todd Rhoades  and I have been working on Ministry Briefing since the beginning of the year. For those who are not familiar with what we are doing, each month we summarize and link to over two hundred stories that church leaders will find helpful. We include studies, news stories, blog posts, and all sorts of other information that you may have missed through the course of the month. We have found that there is so much information out there that it is hard to sift through all the junk in order to find the pieces that are helpful as we lead. It was with this in mind that we created Ministry Briefing. Our readers have found it to be a great time saver, and a valuable resource for sermon illustrations, spotting trends, and keeping in the know.

This month’s edition is our best yet, and I think you will find it to be immensely helpful in the weeks to come. Here are three of the storiesth... more »

My friend +Todd Rhoades  and I have been working on Ministry Briefing since the beginning of the year. For those who are not familiar with what we are doing, each month we summarize and link to over two hundred stories that church leaders will find helpful. We include studies, news stories, blog posts, and all sorts of other information that you may have missed through the course of the month. We have found that there is so much information out there that it is hard to sift through all the junk in order to find the pieces that are helpful as we lead. It was with this in mind that we created Ministry Briefing. Our readers have found it to be a great time saver, and a valuable resource for sermon illustrations, spotting trends, and keeping in the know.

This month’s edition is our best yet, and I think you will find it to be immensely helpful in the weeks to come. Here are three of the stories that you will find in this month’s edition:

Kingstone Releases New Graphic Version of the Bible: The first four volumes of a complete 2,000 page graphic version of the Bible will be released by Kingstone, a Christian publisher in Florida. The first four volumes cover the books Genesis to Judges with graphic illustrations that the publisher claims will rival those of Marvel comics. The rest will be released in 2014. Source: The Christian Post

Over 900 Reach Out to Adopt Down Syndrome Baby: When Father Vander Woude of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Gainesville, VA found out that a couple in his area were about to abort their unborn child because of down syndrome, he asked for help. A social media posting about the immediate need for someone to adopt the child turned out hundreds of responses, with over 900 emails. The couple is working with an adoption agency to select a family. Source: The Washington Times

Charities Lobby to Preserve Deductions: The newly formed Faith and Giving Coalition is a group of charities who have joined forces to lobby the U.S. Senate to preserve charitable deductions as they seek to overhaul the federal tax code. The committee working on the tax code vows to focus on preserving deductions that stimulate the economy and line up with policy objectives. Source: Chronicle of Philanthropy

And because I used to be a youth pastor, I will let you see one of my favorite stories from this month:

Fart Spray and Deer Repellent Don’t Mix: Campers at Jarrettsville, Maryland’s Camp Wo-Me-To had a practical joke backfire, requiring local Hazmat teams to be called in to decontaminate the camp. An unidentified camper sprayed a bottle of “Liquid Ass” into a tent that had been treated with deer repellent. The prank got out of hand when there was a chemical reaction causing noxious fumes. A sixteen year old boy was treated for eye and respiratory irritation. Source: Christian Post

We have worked hard to provide a fantastic resource for the price of a Starbucks run. I’d love for you to check out this month’s edition...

Click below to subscribe and download YOUR copy right now!___

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2013-08-05 12:05:45 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Most churches say they want to make disciples...

But how many of them can really define what that looks like in their unique context? Or, a better question:

If I am not a Christ follower, and I show up in YOUR church every Sunday for the next five years... what will be true about my life?

Most churches say they want to make disciples...

But how many of them can really define what that looks like in their unique context? Or, a better question:

If I am not a Christ follower, and I show up in YOUR church every Sunday for the next five years... what will be true about my life?___

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2013-07-01 17:40:58 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

This morning we released the July edition of Ministry Briefing... we are pretty excited about it! This month has over 250 stories that church leaders need to know about...

The link below shares three sample posts, as well as the table of contents for this month... check it out, and let us know what you think!

This morning we released the July edition of Ministry Briefing... we are pretty excited about it! This month has over 250 stories that church leaders need to know about...

The link below shares three sample posts, as well as the table of contents for this month... check it out, and let us know what you think!___

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2013-06-23 00:52:21 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Burning stuff in the back yard

Burning stuff in the back yard___

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2013-06-11 19:00:55 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

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2013-04-10 14:12:29 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Do church leaders get enough time off?

This morning we talk about a piece from +Scott Williams blog about pastors and time off: how much is enough, and what is too little? Over the course of the conversation (and this is a long one) we also hit on a few other important conversations for church leaders: how stressful is ministry, how much vacation do we deserve, and what do we do about frustrated staff members?

How does YOUR church handle vacation time?

Do church leaders get enough time off?

This morning we talk about a piece from +Scott Williams blog about pastors and time off: how much is enough, and what is too little? Over the course of the conversation (and this is a long one) we also hit on a few other important conversations for church leaders: how stressful is ministry, how much vacation do we deserve, and what do we do about frustrated staff members?

How does YOUR church handle vacation time?___

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2013-04-08 15:05:15 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

How would YOUR church react to being broken into?

Today, we are going to go all Paul Harvey on you. Last month a story broke about a Long Island pastor who subdued a burglar until police arrived. The story was front page news out here, and made the news around the country. However, some incedibly cool things have come about since this story broke... today, we share the rest of the story:

How would YOUR church react to being broken into?

Today, we are going to go all Paul Harvey on you. Last month a story broke about a Long Island pastor who subdued a burglar until police arrived. The story was front page news out here, and made the news around the country. However, some incedibly cool things have come about since this story broke... today, we share the rest of the story:___

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2013-04-05 13:33:28 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

What?!?!?

I may not have been the best student, but I know I would have remembered my theology professors talking about the $273 Super-Natural, Double Portion Miracle. Maybe I missed class that day? In this morning's Ministry Briefing we may be slightly sarcastic as we discuss a recent news piece on Todd Coontz, of Rock Wealth International Ministries.

Help us out... are we off-base?

What?!?!?

I may not have been the best student, but I know I would have remembered my theology professors talking about the $273 Super-Natural, Double Portion Miracle. Maybe I missed class that day? In this morning's Ministry Briefing we may be slightly sarcastic as we discuss a recent news piece on Todd Coontz, of Rock Wealth International Ministries.

Help us out... are we off-base?___

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2013-04-04 14:49:02 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

This begs an interesting question...

CJ Mahaney has been under fire for a while now. A sabbatical to deal with pride issues, conflict within Sovereign Grace, and now a child sexual abuse trial aimed at offences from early on in SGM's ministry. Add to that Brent Detwiler calling on SBC and T4G leaders to stop enabling his sin. Detwiler's call begs a difficult question for ministry leaders:

How do we interact with fellow ministry leaders involved in scandals?

This begs an interesting question...

CJ Mahaney has been under fire for a while now. A sabbatical to deal with pride issues, conflict within Sovereign Grace, and now a child sexual abuse trial aimed at offences from early on in SGM's ministry. Add to that Brent Detwiler calling on SBC and T4G leaders to stop enabling his sin. Detwiler's call begs a difficult question for ministry leaders:

How do we interact with fellow ministry leaders involved in scandals?___

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2013-04-02 16:09:29 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Learn this lesson now...

From April's Ministry Briefing: A Cocoa, Fl. church is in the middle of a fight with their former pastor over the parsonage. Upon retirement, the church gave the pastor use of the parsonage for life, as a way to honor him for his 53 years of service. What they did not expect was for him to move out, and allow other family members to move in. Sometimes the "spirit" of an agreement does NOT match the wording...

How would YOU handle this?

Learn this lesson now...

From April's Ministry Briefing: A Cocoa, Fl. church is in the middle of a fight with their former pastor over the parsonage. Upon retirement, the church gave the pastor use of the parsonage for life, as a way to honor him for his 53 years of service. What they did not expect was for him to move out, and allow other family members to move in. Sometimes the "spirit" of an agreement does NOT match the wording...

How would YOU handle this?___

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2013-04-01 17:36:59 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

WARNING: Blatant sales pitch ahead

I won't apologize for pushing Ministry Briefing pretty hard today. Why? Because I am convinced it is a great tool for busy church leaders. This month we have summarized over 150 articles, studies, and blog posts that church leaders will find helpful, and will be giving away a Chromebook to a yearly subscriber. 

Click through for a look inside, and to find out more

WARNING: Blatant sales pitch ahead

I won't apologize for pushing Ministry Briefing pretty hard today. Why? Because I am convinced it is a great tool for busy church leaders. This month we have summarized over 150 articles, studies, and blog posts that church leaders will find helpful, and will be giving away a Chromebook to a yearly subscriber. 

Click through for a look inside, and to find out more___

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2013-04-01 14:32:32 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

I think this is the best thing since sliced bread...

Today my friend +Todd Rhoades and I launched the April edition of Ministry Briefing, a resource we believe every church leader should check out. This morning we took a few minutes to discuss why we are so excited about Ministry Briefing, and our crazy plan to give away a FREE Chromebook.

I think this is the best thing since sliced bread...

Today my friend +Todd Rhoades and I launched the April edition of Ministry Briefing, a resource we believe every church leader should check out. This morning we took a few minutes to discuss why we are so excited about Ministry Briefing, and our crazy plan to give away a FREE Chromebook.___

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2013-03-29 14:23:10 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

An interesting statement from Tim Keller

Tim Keller, while participating in an event at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, made an interesting statement regarding the current marriage debate: "you can believe homosexuality is a sin and still believe that same-sex marriage should be legal." This marks the first time that either of us have heard someone of Keller's stature bring this up in the public discourse.

Is this a conversation that needs to be had?

An interesting statement from Tim Keller

Tim Keller, while participating in an event at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, made an interesting statement regarding the current marriage debate: "you can believe homosexuality is a sin and still believe that same-sex marriage should be legal." This marks the first time that either of us have heard someone of Keller's stature bring this up in the public discourse.

Is this a conversation that needs to be had?___

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2013-03-28 14:33:07 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

An interesting paraphrase, to say the least...

A Birmingham church recently launched a billboard campaign, putting an ad up next to a "gentleman's club" that said:

Strip for me
-Jesus

We'd love to hear your thoughts on this one:

Would YOUR church do something like this?

An interesting paraphrase, to say the least...

A Birmingham church recently launched a billboard campaign, putting an ad up next to a "gentleman's club" that said:

Strip for me
-Jesus

We'd love to hear your thoughts on this one:

Would YOUR church do something like this?___

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2013-03-27 16:13:14 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

People are busy!

Scheduling meetings can be a little tricky these days, as people's calendars continue to fill up. While one on one meetings can be tough, getting together with a group is even more insane. Here are the tools that I am currently using, I'd love to know what you use.

How do YOU handle scheduling?

People are busy!

Scheduling meetings can be a little tricky these days, as people's calendars continue to fill up. While one on one meetings can be tough, getting together with a group is even more insane. Here are the tools that I am currently using, I'd love to know what you use.

How do YOU handle scheduling?___

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2013-03-27 14:03:59 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

59% of Americans have no church plans for Easter Sunday

+Ed Stetzer released a poll yesterday that suggests 20% of Americans are undecided about whether they will be in church on Easter, and 39% know that they will not be. In this morning's Ministry Briefing conversation we talk about two possible meanings of this study, and what churches need to learn from this.

What are YOU anticipating Easter Sunday attendance will be?

59% of Americans have no church plans for Easter Sunday

+Ed Stetzer released a poll yesterday that suggests 20% of Americans are undecided about whether they will be in church on Easter, and 39% know that they will not be. In this morning's Ministry Briefing conversation we talk about two possible meanings of this study, and what churches need to learn from this.

What are YOU anticipating Easter Sunday attendance will be?___

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2013-03-26 16:47:30 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Do you give people a reason to discount you?

Have you had a conversation with a church leader that limits their ability to minister through the way they describe themselves? "Well, I never went to seminary..." or "I'm just not gifted to lead well..." or something of the sort? Something tells me that the Holy Spirit would not entrust the care and shepherding of the Bride of Christ to just anyone... so maybe we should start accepting the fact that we have been created to pursue the calling we have been given.

How do YOU handle negative self-talk?

Do you give people a reason to discount you?

Have you had a conversation with a church leader that limits their ability to minister through the way they describe themselves? "Well, I never went to seminary..." or "I'm just not gifted to lead well..." or something of the sort? Something tells me that the Holy Spirit would not entrust the care and shepherding of the Bride of Christ to just anyone... so maybe we should start accepting the fact that we have been created to pursue the calling we have been given.

How do YOU handle negative self-talk?___

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2013-03-25 17:00:37 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Succession planning is the elephant in the room for many churches

The only church that doesn't need to have the succession planning conversation is the church that plans to shut down after their pastor leaves. So much time, energy, and momentum is lost due to bad transitions, that it makes me wonder why more churches aren't proactively having the conversation now. This is why I am so excited about a great tool for churches on thinking through transition. Tomorrow, Leadership Network will have a conference that will help kill the elephant in the room.

How does YOUR church approach succession planning?

Succession planning is the elephant in the room for many churches

The only church that doesn't need to have the succession planning conversation is the church that plans to shut down after their pastor leaves. So much time, energy, and momentum is lost due to bad transitions, that it makes me wonder why more churches aren't proactively having the conversation now. This is why I am so excited about a great tool for churches on thinking through transition. Tomorrow, Leadership Network will have a conference that will help kill the elephant in the room.

How does YOUR church approach succession planning?___

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2013-03-22 12:12:07 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Much ado about nothing?

If you've been watching The Bible on the HIstory Channel, perhaps you saw the appearance of Satan... which looks strikingly similar to President Barack Obama. The creators of the show claim that this is merely a coincidence, but speculation has run wild.

Do YOU think this was a coincidence?

Much ado about nothing?

If you've been watching The Bible on the HIstory Channel, perhaps you saw the appearance of Satan... which looks strikingly similar to President Barack Obama. The creators of the show claim that this is merely a coincidence, but speculation has run wild.

Do YOU think this was a coincidence?___

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2013-03-21 22:30:59 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

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2013-03-21 15:08:49 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Maybe you really DON'T have a leadership shortage...

I have had countless conversations with church leaders who have one major complaint: a lack of available leaders in their church. Last week, +Rich Birch suggested on his blog that God has given your church all the leaders it needs... you just need to know where to look. This morning we unpack that statement, and share our experiences in finding leaders.

Where does YOUR church find key leaders?

Maybe you really DON'T have a leadership shortage...

I have had countless conversations with church leaders who have one major complaint: a lack of available leaders in their church. Last week, +Rich Birch suggested on his blog that God has given your church all the leaders it needs... you just need to know where to look. This morning we unpack that statement, and share our experiences in finding leaders.

Where does YOUR church find key leaders?___

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2013-03-20 19:09:35 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Have you heard of Boomerang?

Email can be a pain at times, and I have often struggled with keeping up with all the loose ends of projects, and figuring out whether team mates have handled their piece of a project. I recently discovered Boomerang for Gmail and it has seriously changed the way that I approach email. With the ability to remind me of of deadlines and unresponded to emails, it has simplified my work flow pretty significantly.

How do YOU manage email?

Have you heard of Boomerang?

Email can be a pain at times, and I have often struggled with keeping up with all the loose ends of projects, and figuring out whether team mates have handled their piece of a project. I recently discovered Boomerang for Gmail and it has seriously changed the way that I approach email. With the ability to remind me of of deadlines and unresponded to emails, it has simplified my work flow pretty significantly.

How do YOU manage email?___

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2013-03-20 12:21:53 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Jack Schaap gets sentenced today...

This whole situation is terrible, and it is easy to say it'll never happen to me... but keep in mind that no one wakes up saying I want to blow up my family and ministry today. This morning we talk about the critical lessons we need to learn from this situation.

What have YOU learned through this?

Jack Schaap gets sentenced today...

This whole situation is terrible, and it is easy to say it'll never happen to me... but keep in mind that no one wakes up saying I want to blow up my family and ministry today. This morning we talk about the critical lessons we need to learn from this situation.

What have YOU learned through this?___

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