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…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’…
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…
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?
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…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:
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?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