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How do you deal with chronic complainers in your church?  Have you ever wanted to tell someone to just leave your church?  Would you ever have the guts to do as this pastor did? Is it right to wish some people would just leave your church?  And would it be better if they did leave to help you accomplish your mission? Lots of questions here… maybe more questions than answers… but it may help you the next time you’re confronted by a ‘serial church complainer’… MB_parable_happened CLICK IMAGE TO WATCH VIDEO (Length:  5 min 02 sec) Subscribe to MinistryBriefing on YouTube What do YOU think?  Leave a text or video comment here…
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Jim Tomberlin writes:  The multisite model, one church in multiple locations, has become an established strategy for outreach and for growing churches.
Leadership Network reports there are now over 5,000 expressions of multisite church across North America. Even though over one third of the 1,600 megachurches in North America have multiple campuses, the multisite movement is growing at a faster pace than megachurches. The multisite strategy has proven to be an effective vehicle for outreach, volunteer mobilization, leadership development and regional impact. During 2013 we’ll continue to see an increase in multisite church mergers, Internet online campuses, international expansion of campuses and more. In fact here are 14 different developments I am observing in multisite church world:

1. Movements.

The new hot word is Movement. Leading churches in North America today aren’t just multisiting and church-planting, they are focusing on creating networks of reproducing churches that become Movements.

2. Name Changing.

Denominations, para-church organizations and churches are changing their names for all the same reasons—their name has cultural baggage and/or is geographically limiting. In the past churches identified themselves to attract their own kind and were too geographically specific for a multi-campus strategy. There is a lot of name-changing going on and more on the way!

3. The Merger Urge.

The multisite movement is driving the increase in mission-driven “we can be better together than separate” church mergers at a dramatic pace. This is the Next Big Thing on the church landscape with far greater implications beyond the multisite movement (I recently co-authored a book about healthy church mergers called Better Together, see www.outreachmagazine.com/merger for sample chapter).

4. Student Ministry Shift.

Sunday morning based student ministry is moving off of Sunday morning to an alternative evening. This allows students to attend church and/or serve together as a family which also unchains student’s families from the sending campus when going multisite.

5. Adult Sunday School Is Leaving the Building.

As churches multisite to other locations they are finding it too costly to offer on-going Adult Sunday school classrooms at new, rented or renovated facilities. Neighborhood home groups are becoming the complement to local multisite campuses. // Read more here from Jim…
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Check out this quote from Walt Wilson from 2000 about the internet and it’s relationship to the church: “It is not about technology; it is about the Great Commission. This is the first thing we have to understand. We tend to think of the church in terms of being very local and geographic in nature. But in terms of outreach and ministry, we are now thrust into a borderless, timeless world. If you think that all of this comes out of Silicon Valley, you’re on the wrong track. This is not about man’s inventions or his creative schemes. These developments are about something much bigger and far more dramatic. In fact, these events are not about technology at all. Change this big is being orchestrated by God, not by us.” Some great things in this quote from just 13 years ago: 1.  I know longer think of most churches as being purely local and geographically specific.  In fact, I can find the footprint of literally thousands of churches on the internet… read about their programs… watch services.  Imaging that happening when this quote was written back in 2000. 2.  I’ve never really thought about this… the internet being orchestrated by God… that’s a pretty awesome thought.  In fact… I need to stew on that for a little bit. Truth is… the internet is not a surprise to God. Nor is he surprised as to how man has decided to use it. Makes you think… what is God orchestrating now in technology that will have great implications for the church? Thoughts?
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How can your church help other churches be more effective in reaching people? Here’s a testimony from PastorMentor.com that may help you get started in the new year: New Song started helping other churches almost by accident. Three years after we launched the church, I had to lay off our entire staff. We were transitioning from the “portable church” stage into a 24/7 lease situation, and it was obvious that we weren’t going to have enough to pay our staff and our lease. So we wrote pink slips which said, “We may not be able to pay your full salary for the next few months, but we’ve always lived by faith and we hope you’ll stay on. We believe God will provide for you until we grow into our increased budget.” Each of our guys agreed to pray and see what would happen. The next day, my Associate Pastor, Scott Evans, got a call from a church, asking if they could pay him to produce a mailer similar to the ones we had been sending to our neighbors. Another church called the following week. Scott began offering his services to more churches, and eventually Outreach, Inc. was born. Seventeen years later, Outreach has served over 90,000 churches with mailers and other marketing tools because of a pink slip and a nudge from the Lord. How to Get Started

1. Find out what God is up to…

The week before churches began to call, Scott and I had read Henry Blackaby’s Experiencing God. Henry’s chief tenant is Find out what God is up to and join him in his work. God is always at work around you. What is he doing in you or through you or around you that might benefit other churches?

2. Figure out what you do well.

One clue to how you might help is by figuring out what you do better than other churches. We’re all good at something. What’s your strength?

3. When you solve a problem, share the solution.

If your church has a problem, chances are that others have that same problem. When you develop a solution, share it!

4. Don’t be afraid to share.

Church leaders are sometimes tempted to think they’re in competition with other churches. Not so. Other churches are our teammates. They want to win others to Christ as fervently as we do. via How to Help Other Churches Reach People for Christ – PastorMentor.com. How has your church been a blessing and help to other local churches?
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Each year for the last seven years, the scientists at IBM have released their list of five innovations that they feel have the greatest potential to change the way we work and live during the next five years. Here’s what they came up with this year: 1) Touch: You will be able to touch through your phone.  Imagine using your smartphone to shop for your wedding dress and being able to feel the satin or silk of the gown, or the lace on the veil, from the surface on the screen. Or to feel the beading and weave of a blanket made by a local artisan half way around the world. In five years, industries like retail will be transformed by the ability to “touch” a product through your mobile device. 2) Sight: A pixel will be worth a thousand words. We take some 500 billion photos a year, and 72 hours of video is uploaded to YouTube every minute. But computers today only understand pictures by the text we use to tag or title them; the majority of the information — the actual content of the image — is a mystery. In the next five years, systems will not only be able to look at and recognize the contents of images and visual data, they will turn the pixels into meaning, making sense out of it similar to the way a human views and interprets a photograph. 3) Hearing: Computers will hear what matters.  Ever wish you could make sense of all the sounds around you and be able to understand what’s not being said? Within five years, distributed systems of clever sensors will detect elements of sound such as sound pressure, vibrations and sound waves at different frequencies. 4) Taste: Digital taste buds will help you to eat smarter. What if we could make healthy foods taste delicious using a different kind of computing system built for creativity? IBM researchers are developing a computing system that actually experiences flavor, to be used with chefs to create the most tasty and novel recipes. It will break down ingredients to their molecular level and blend the chemistry of food compounds with the psychology behind what flavors and smells humans prefer. 5) Smell: Computers will have a sense of smell. During the next five years, tiny sensors embedded in your computer or cell phone will detect if you’re coming down with a cold or other illness. By analyzing odors, biomarkers and thousands of molecules in someone’s breath, doctors will have help diagnosing and monitoring the onset of ailments such as liver and kidney disorders, asthma, diabetes, and epilepsy by detecting which odors are normal and which are not. via Ooh Ooh That Smell — IBM’s 2012 “5 in 5″: Innovations Of The Senses « Turbotodd. Thoughts?
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As a pastor, how do you know you are being fairly compensated?  Many churches (and pastors) struggle with this issue.  Today we discuss five things you really should know about pastor’s salaries (and the salaries of all those on your staff).  Some are pretty common sense… but I bet a couple you have never really thought about… Watch this as Matt Steen and I discuss the topic briefly, and give you some things to consider: MB_pastor_salaries CLICK IMAGE TO WATCH VIDEO (Length:  5 min 49 sec) Subscribe to MinistryBriefing on YouTube What do YOU think?  Leave a text or video comment here…
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John Piper spoke for the last time (as Senior Pastor) at Bethlehem Baptist Church last Sunday.  Here are some quotes from Piper from his last sermon (as reported by the Christian Post): “If you entice people with wealth, … ease, health, chipper, bouncy, light-hearted, playful, superficial banter in your worship service posing as joy in Christ, you will attract people, oh yeah, you can grow a huge church that way. But Christ will not be seen in his glory and the Christian life will not be seen as the calvary road that it is.” “I turn with dismay from church services that are treated like radio talk shows where everything sounds chipper and frisky and high-spirited and chattering and designed evidently to make people feel light-hearted and playful and bouncy,” he said. “I say, don’t you know there are people dying of cancer in this room? Don’t you know some are barely making it financially? … And you’re going to create an atmosphere that’s bouncy …? I just don’t get it. It’s not who we are.” More from the Christian Post article: So many pastors today try to attract people to Jesus with their lavish houses, cars and clothes, Piper lamented. But that’s not the way the Apostle Paul did it as recorded in the New Testament. “You shouldn’t ever attract anybody to Jesus like that because if they get attracted they’re not coming to Jesus. They’re coming to the stuff and the one who can provide it. Thank you very much Jesus for giving me what my fallen, selfish heart always lived for anyway,” he said. The Apostle Paul made it clear that the Christian life is not without suffering such as beatings, hunger, imprisonment and sleepless nights. But in the midst of those hardships, Paul’s spirit was never broken and all he could do was rejoice because he had Jesus. “We’re commending the value of Christ and we’re doing it exactly the opposite of the way that prosperity preachers do it,” Piper noted, preaching from 2 Corinthians 6. What Paul does is show that knowing Christ and having eternal life with Christ “is better than all the worldly wealth and prosperity and health that there is.” “We commend our life in ministry by afflictions, … calamities … It means that Christ is real to us, more precious than sleep, health, money, life … Wouldn’t you want a Christ that precious? “If not, Christianity is not for you.” // Read more here… Thoughts?
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