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Former NewSpring Church pastor Perry Noble was removed on July 1st due to his struggles with alcohol abuse. However, over 500 members of his church have signed a petition to bring him back. The petition soon stalled out and was closed. Noble commented that he is focusing on getting better and serving his family.
Click here to get the full story. Want stories like this and more delivered to your inbox each week? Go here to order your next four issues for just $1! Why this story matters for church leaders: Even after the leaders of NewSpring Church made the difficult decision to remove pastor Perry Noble from ministry due to his drinking problems, a small segment of the congregation still wasn’t happy with this difficult decision.
  • There’s Always Dissent: Even a decision about removing a pastor who abuses alcohol will be met with opposition and counter-measures at times.
  • Stay the Course: Church leaders made a difficult decision and didn’t allow resistance to change their course toward moving their church into a healthier place with its leadership.
  • Pastors Need Rest Too: Noble appears grateful to have a time of rest from the ministry, even if the circumstances were very difficult.
How can you help struggling pastors before they go too far with alcohol or other substances? Find this story interesting?  It’s just one of dozens of stories great leaders are reading about this week in Ministry Briefing! All readers of my blog can get the next four issues of Ministry Briefing for just $1!
logo_ministry_cSave Time. Lead Better.  Ministry Briefing finds only the top news items, cultural trends, and resources that you need to know about each week… stories that will help you save time and lead better.

Save Time.

Who doesn’t want to be a better leader, right? But it takes time to develop and learn new leadership insights. And it takes an intelligent plan. Ministry Briefing puts everything you need to develop your leadership in your hands each month. You’ll find the top 40 resources nicely summarized and fully linked so that you can drill-down on your specific areas of interest.

Lead Better.

Great leaders learn from great leaders.  Each week, our editors read hundreds of church leadership resources (the great, the not-so-great, and the ‘really’?) and pick only the best of the best to share in Ministry Briefing.  You’ll learn great concepts and ideas from really sharp minds… things that will stretch and mold you into a better leader for your local church.

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We’re not in the business of selling a bloated program or complicated process that guarantees (or suggests) that we’ll make you the next Andy Stanley. We don’t claim to be the best thing since sliced bread. We simply have a passion for the church and ministry and collecting the best resources we think can help you be a better church leader, one idea at a time. Great church leaders keep up on what’s happening in the big “C” church. We make it easy to keep your head out of the sand without wasting your time. Read this week’s full edition with your no-risk trial subscription now.
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Concerns over the economy were felt by nearly 80% of Americans in 2009 at the height of the recession, but now it has dropped close to 45%. As of 2015, only 28% of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck, which is an improvement from 40% the year before. In addition, 65% of Americans are secure in their jobs and overall are not worried about cutting spending dramatically.
Click here to get the full story. Want stories like this and more delivered to your inbox each week? Go here to order your next four issues for just $1!  Why this story matters for church leaders: Money is always in close competition with God, so are there ways that pastors can speak to the new sense of financial security that many experience?
  • Discipleship and Stewardship: As more Americans transition to financial stability, how can pastors help their congregations continue to trust in God’s provision and not lose sight of God’s calling?
  • Planning Ahead: Is now the time to help your congregation save up funds? Should you host a class on finances?
  • Your Next Campaign: When should you plan your next stewardship campaign in light of this trend?
How has your congregation experienced the financial recovery? Find this story interesting?  It’s just one of dozens of stories great leaders are reading about this week in Ministry Briefing! All readers of my blog can get the next four issues of Ministry Briefing for just $1!
logo_ministry_cSave Time. Lead Better.  Ministry Briefing finds only the top news items, cultural trends, and resources that you need to know about each week… stories that will help you save time and lead better.

Save Time.

Who doesn’t want to be a better leader, right? But it takes time to develop and learn new leadership insights. And it takes an intelligent plan. Ministry Briefing puts everything you need to develop your leadership in your hands each month. You’ll find the top 40 resources nicely summarized and fully linked so that you can drill-down on your specific areas of interest.

Lead Better.

Great leaders learn from great leaders.  Each week, our editors read hundreds of church leadership resources (the great, the not-so-great, and the ‘really’?) and pick only the best of the best to share in Ministry Briefing.  You’ll learn great concepts and ideas from really sharp minds… things that will stretch and mold you into a better leader for your local church.

Our Commitment.

We’re not in the business of selling a bloated program or complicated process that guarantees (or suggests) that we’ll make you the next Andy Stanley. We don’t claim to be the best thing since sliced bread. We simply have a passion for the church and ministry and collecting the best resources we think can help you be a better church leader, one idea at a time. Great church leaders keep up on what’s happening in the big “C” church. We make it easy to keep your head out of the sand without wasting your time. Read this week’s full edition with your no-risk trial subscription now.
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Controversy, Current Events, Leadership, Ministry Briefing, Staffing, Staffing, Start Here
After Tullian Tchividjian, former pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian, shared an update that his restoration and repentance is going well, new reports from his former church surfaced and prompted his current employer to fire him. Tchividjian had been serving in a ministry development position at Willow Creek Presbyterian Church (no relation to the Illinois Willow Creek) and his preaching ministry “Liberate” had been re-launched. In addition, four members of Liberate’s 9-member board stepped down. Click here for the full story. Get stories like this and more each week with Ministry Briefing! Order now and receive your first four issues for just $1! Why this story matters for church leaders: Repentance and restoration are important for everyone in a church, including leaders. However, the process gets complicated when new details emerge.
  • What does restoration look like? The leaders of Willow Creek developed a restoration plan for Tchividjian, but some have criticized them for bringing him back to ministry too soon after reports of his affair. What is you ideal restoration process?
  • What does due diligence look like? In this case, Tchividjian had allegedly hidden details from his new employer. When seeking to restore a church leader or congregation member, what are the conversations that need to happen and what will you do if a leader has been hiding the truth?
  • Preventing ministry failure: Does the staff at your church have the accountability, counseling, and support they need in order to prevent a ministry failure or affair? Are there people asking the hard questions of leaders out of a spirit of love and desire for restoration?
There’s a saying that you hire slow and fire fast, but how does that change in light of restoring a pastor who has had an affair? Find this story interesting?  It’s just one of dozens of stories great leaders are reading about this week in Ministry Briefing! All readers of my blog can get the next four issues of Ministry Briefing for just $1!
logo_ministry_cSave Time. Lead Better.  Ministry Briefing finds only the top news items, cultural trends, and resources that you need to know about each week… stories that will help you save time and lead better.

Save Time.

Who doesn’t want to be a better leader, right? But it takes time to develop and learn new leadership insights. And it takes an intelligent plan. Ministry Briefing puts everything you need to develop your leadership in your hands each month. You’ll find the top 40 resources nicely summarized and fully linked so that you can drill-down on your specific areas of interest.

Lead Better.

Great leaders learn from great leaders.  Each week, our editors read hundreds of church leadership resources (the great, the not-so-great, and the ‘really’?) and pick only the best of the best to share in Ministry Briefing.  You’ll learn great concepts and ideas from really sharp minds… things that will stretch and mold you into a better leader for your local church.

Our Commitment.

We’re not in the business of selling a bloated program or complicated process that guarantees (or suggests) that we’ll make you the next Andy Stanley. We don’t claim to be the best thing since sliced bread. We simply have a passion for the church and ministry and collecting the best resources we think can help you be a better church leader, one idea at a time. Great church leaders keep up on what’s happening in the big “C” church. We make it easy to keep your head out of the sand without wasting your time. Read this week’s full edition with your no-risk trial subscription now.
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Current Events, Leadership, Leadership, Ministry Briefing, Staffing, Staffing, Start Here
While it’s true that a more experienced pastor can expect a larger salary in some circumstances, age isn’t the most important factor in determining a salary. A church’s overall budget is the most important factor in determining how a pastor is compensated. In addition, the budget is often linked to the size of the church, so budget and church size are most important, although with all things being equal, 50-year-old pastor can expect to make 14% more than a 40-year-old pastor and a 60-year-old will top the pastor in his/her 40’s by 13%.
Read the full story here from Leadership Network.  Get stories like this and more each week with Ministry Briefing! Order now and receive your first four issues for just $1! Why This Story Matters to Church Leaders Church staff and board members need to have honest conversations about salary structures and expectations, so a look at current trends can help with these important discussions.
  • What are the costs of living in your area? While money isn’t the top reason why pastors leave the ministry, financial concerns can place significant stress on pastors and lead to additional problems at home. Salaries need to meet the living standard in your community.
  • Do you have a plan for scaling pastoral compensation? A set plan for raise will remove uncertainty and future conflict. Setting up a plan with your board is essential for keeping pastors financially stable so they can focus on ministry.
  • How will you handle a giving decline? Giving declines can happen if attendance dips or the economy drops off. Do you have a priority plan in place or reserves that can help in case of a shortfall?
Are there churches in your area that you can contact for comparable budgeting ideas? Find this story interesting?  It’s just one of dozens of stories great leaders are reading about this week in Ministry Briefing! All readers of my blog can get the next four issues of Ministry Briefing for just $1!
logo_ministry_cSave Time. Lead Better.  Ministry Briefing finds only the top news items, cultural trends, and resources that you need to know about each week… stories that will help you save time and lead better.

Save Time.

Who doesn’t want to be a better leader, right? But it takes time to develop and learn new leadership insights. And it takes an intelligent plan. Ministry Briefing puts everything you need to develop your leadership in your hands each month. You’ll find the top 40 resources nicely summarized and fully linked so that you can drill-down on your specific areas of interest.

Lead Better.

Great leaders learn from great leaders.  Each week, our editors read hundreds of church leadership resources (the great, the not-so-great, and the ‘really’?) and pick only the best of the best to share in Ministry Briefing.  You’ll learn great concepts and ideas from really sharp minds… things that will stretch and mold you into a better leader for your local church.

Our Commitment.

We’re not in the business of selling a bloated program or complicated process that guarantees (or suggests) that we’ll make you the next Andy Stanley. We don’t claim to be the best thing since sliced bread. We simply have a passion for the church and ministry and collecting the best resources we think can help you be a better church leader, one idea at a time. Great church leaders keep up on what’s happening in the big “C” church. We make it easy to keep your head out of the sand without wasting your time. Read this week’s full edition with your no-risk trial subscription now.
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According to an article by Thom Rainer, pastor’s benefits are changing. He says that only one eighth of pastors receive the benefit of a parsonage, and less than half of solo pastors receive any kind of health insurance. Among senior or lead pastors, only two-thirds receive health insurance benefits. However, some of those benefits are being cut. Among worship leaders, three quarters receive health insurance. Most full time church staff received no retirement benefits, including 44% of solo pastors and 64% of senior pastors.
Click here to read the entire article. You can get this and man other articles for just $1 for the next four issues at MinistryBriefing.com! Why this matters for ministry leaders: Ministry leaders face significant stress from the feeling of always being on call, and the decline of benefits combined with flat salaries can add a significant burden on their personal lives.
  • Can pastors afford to live in your area? With the decline of parsonages or housing allowance each month, pastors could be in the lower income bracket for their communities based on salary alone. Review income and housing trends to make sure pastoral salaries are sustainable in your area.
  • Do you have a health insurance alternative? Healthcare in America remains very expensive and can prove financially devastating for a family that isn’t covered or doesn’t have an adequate plan. If you aren’t able to provide adequate health insurance for your staff, review ways to provide a safety net for your staff.
  • Financial management: Whether or not your church provides a retirement plan, are you helping your church staff plan for their future? Is it possible to add an annual meeting to discuss financial planning?
What are some ways you can provide benefits beyond salary to your church staff? Find this story interesting?  It’s just one of dozens of stories great leaders are reading about this week in Ministry Briefing! All readers of my blog can get the next four issues of Ministry Briefing for just $1!
logo_ministry_cSave Time. Lead Better.  Ministry Briefing finds only the top news items, cultural trends, and resources that you need to know about each week… stories that will help you save time and lead better.

Save Time.

Who doesn’t want to be a better leader, right? But it takes time to develop and learn new leadership insights. And it takes an intelligent plan. Ministry Briefing puts everything you need to develop your leadership in your hands each month. You’ll find the top 40 resources nicely summarized and fully linked so that you can drill-down on your specific areas of interest.

Lead Better.

Great leaders learn from great leaders.  Each week, our editors read hundreds of church leadership resources (the great, the not-so-great, and the ‘really’?) and pick only the best of the best to share in Ministry Briefing.  You’ll learn great concepts and ideas from really sharp minds… things that will stretch and mold you into a better leader for your local church.

Our Commitment.

We’re not in the business of selling a bloated program or complicated process that guarantees (or suggests) that we’ll make you the next Andy Stanley. We don’t claim to be the best thing since sliced bread. We simply have a passion for the church and ministry and collecting the best resources we think can help you be a better church leader, one idea at a time. Great church leaders keep up on what’s happening in the big “C” church. We make it easy to keep your head out of the sand without wasting your time. Read this week’s full edition with your no-risk trial subscription now.
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Leadership, Outreach, Staffing, Staffing, Start Here
The folks at Causely.com explain that multi-site campuses are no longer just for large church who have outgrown their building. They are now strategically placed to reach communities. But what positions are needed to make it work?
Fundraising aside, launching a new campus is much like launching a brand new church plant. A core group of solid people is essential. Multi-site churches typically have the advantage of having a wealth of volunteers (usually from the main campus) to help with setting up, tearing down, and tying up the logistical and technical loose ends. However, it’s essential to have a full-time team of paid staff dedicated to the new campus. So what paid roles are essential for a new multi-site church?
See the full post here The article goes on to explain:
  • Every campus needs their own campus pastor to be the face of the church and a leader people can go to
  • A worship leader is essential to have an atmosphere of authentic, humble worship
  • A children’s pastor will often times determine if families will attend a church
We’ve seen a huge increase in the number of churches that are hiring campus pastors in the past few years. Are you suited to be a great campus pastor? Check out some additional resources and opportunities at my ChurchJobs.tv site, and feel free to reach out to me with any questions! What are your thoughts? todd
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Current Events, Current Events, Leadership, Ministry Briefing, Staffing
Here is just one of the stories highlighted in this week’s edition of Ministry Briefing. Tis the season for the presidential race and the world analyzing how groups of people might affect the outcome. According to CNN.com, evangelicals are one of the largest pieces of the political pie who also vote early in the race. Although evangelicals may be lumped together based on faith, there are several variations on that theme ranging from both theological and generational differences:

…evangelicals rarely vote as a bloc, especially in the primaries. They disagree not only on the candidates but also on more basic principles like how active Christians should be in partisan politics.

Read the full article here

This is how the popular media views the evangelical voting bloc:
  • Old guard (Dobson, Hagee, Tony Perkins) – “Christian Nation”
  • Institutionals (Rick Warren, Russell Moore) – “Who Can Win?”
  • Entrepreneurials (Jerry Falwell, Jr.) – Don’t mind non-PC candidates
  • Arm’s Length (John Piper; Timothy Keller) – don’t mix religion & politics
  • Millennial Evangelists (Eric Teetsel, Johnnie Moore) – attuned to ‘religious pluralism”
  • Liberal Evangelicals (Jim Wallis, Jimmy Carter) – 13% of evangelicals are liberal
  • Cultural Evangelicals (don’t go to church or consider religion important) in name only
Why it’s important: you have ALL of these types in your church. And each one thinks they’re right. Find this story interesting?  It’s just one of dozens of stories great leaders are reading about this week in Ministry Briefing! All readers of my blog can get the next four issues of Ministry Briefing for just $1!
logo_ministry_c Save Time. Lead Better.  Ministry Briefing finds only the top news items, cultural trends, and resources that you need to know about each week… stories that will help you save time and lead better.

Save Time.

Who doesn’t want to be a better leader, right? But it takes time to develop and learn new leadership insights. And it takes an intelligent plan. Ministry Briefing puts everything you need to develop your leadership in your hands each month. You’ll find the top 40 resources nicely summarized and fully linked so that you can drill-down on your specific areas of interest.

Lead Better.

Great leaders learn from great leaders.  Each week, our editors read hundreds of church leadership resources (the great, the not-so-great, and the ‘really’?) and pick only the best of the best to share in Ministry Briefing.  You’ll learn great concepts and ideas from really sharp minds… things that will stretch and mold you into a better leader for your local church.

Our Commitment.

We’re not in the business of selling a bloated program or complicated process that guarantees (or suggests) that we’ll make you the next Andy Stanley. We don’t claim to be the best thing since sliced bread. We simply have a passion for the church and ministry and collecting the best resources we think can help you be a better church leader, one idea at a time. Great church leaders keep up on what’s happening in the big “C” church. We make it easy to keep your head out of the sand without wasting your time. Read this week’s full edition with your no-risk trial subscription now.  
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Have you ever wondered how to get your resume past the first set of eyes? Liz Ryan, a contributor to Forbes, says:
If you start from the vantage point of an overworked, time-pressed and distracted hiring manager who also has a key position to fill, you’ll see why it’s so important to deal with any glaring employment gaps or ‘blemishes’ on your resume…What is your hiring manager going to look for while scanning resumes?…They are looking for reasons to knock people out of the hiring process, not reasons to keep more candidates in it.
She goes on to give tips on how to lessen the blow from the reasons your resume may be overlooked:
  • Take off the months you started and left each  job off of the resume if it shows gaps (just list years)
  • Reach out to a hiring manager directly
  • Frame short-term jobs so that you can show you completed a task
Read the full article by clicking here What are your thoughts? How do you lessen the blow of blemishes? Visit my ChurchJobs.tv site for more resources to help you with your resume and job search. And always feel free to reach out to me personally with any of your staffing and/or job search questions! todd
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Staffing, Staffing, Start Here
Firing. Dismissal. Termination. It’s tough stuff. But nowhere is firing more tough than in the church. We’re friends. We’re colleagues. We serving Christ together. We need to be patient. Show mercy. Have longsuffering. But sometimes it just needs to happen. Have you ever had to make the difficult decision to let a staff member go? When is the time right? How do you know you’re making the right decision? Tim Stevens writes:
Here is a good question to ask: If you were hiring for that position today, would you rehire the same person? If the answer is a quick and emphatic “No!” then you have your answer. Now you just need to think through how to gracefully take steps toward a conversation.
Tim gives advice on when, how and who to tell about the departure as well as some tips for the employee’s graceful exit. Click here to read the full story.  What do you think?
  • Have you ever let someone stay on too long and wish you had let them go earlier?
  • What have you learned from letting a staff member go?
  • How has it changed how you hire staff?
I’d love to hear your stories. Email me at toddrhoades@gmail.com. I’m passionate about church staffing issues, and would love to help however I can. Visit my ChurchJobs.tv website for additional resources and information. todd
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Current Events, Current Events, Ministry Briefing, Staffing
This is an article from this week’s Ministry Briefing: In a series of interviews, Ed Stetzer asked pastors how they have stepped out of their ministry leadership roles and appointed successors. In some cases the pastors moved onto another ministry role outside church leadership, while others moved into a leadership development role that still left the new pastor to lead without interference. He writes:
Most, if not all, of the responses I received were of positive experiences, and I was thankful for that. But, pastor transition can be difficult, so I am not under the impression that everyone has had a good experience with a pastor who has transitioned out of a lead role and into a support or even volunteer role.
Read the full article by clicking here. Why is this important?
  • Rick Warren, Bill Hybels, and others are getting older
  • Intentional process matters
  • Seniors had a clear understanding of their post-senior role
  • What about smaller churches, where budget is a concern?
Find this story interesting?  It’s just one of 50 top stories great leaders are reading about this week in Ministry Briefing!
logo_ministry_c Save Time. Lead Better.  Ministry Briefing finds only the top news items, cultural trends, and resources that you need to know about each week… stories that will help you save time and lead better.

Save Time.

Who doesn’t want to be a better leader, right? But it takes time to develop and learn new leadership insights. And it takes an intelligent plan. Ministry Briefing puts everything you need to develop your leadership in your hands each month. You’ll find the top 40 resources nicely summarized and fully linked so that you can drill-down on your specific areas of interest.

Lead Better.

Great leaders learn from great leaders.  Each week, our editors read hundreds of church leadership resources (the great, the not-so-great, and the ‘really’?) and pick only the best of the best to share in Ministry Briefing.  You’ll learn great concepts and ideas from really sharp minds… things that will stretch and mold you into a better leader for your local church.

Our Commitment.

We’re not in the business of selling a bloated program or complicated process that guarantees (or suggests) that we’ll make you the next Andy Stanley. We don’t claim to be the best thing since sliced bread. We simply have a passion for the church and ministry and collecting the best resources we think can help you be a better church leader, one idea at a time. Great church leaders keep up on what’s happening in the big “C” church. We make it easy to keep your head out of the sand without wasting your time. Read this week’s full edition with your no-risk trial subscription now.
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Staffing, Staffing, Start Here
This article’s title caught my attention: “Employees leave managers, not companies.” I wondered if the same was true with churches and pastors. Do church employees leave pastors, not churches? Think back… most of us have served local churches in positions other than the senior pastor position (even if you’re a senior pastor now). Have you ever left a church’s employment because of the pastor? Or was it because of the church in general? (Either way, I bet you told everyone that God was ‘calling you elsewhere’).  🙂 I’d love to hear your story.  Please leave a comment below. And here’s the link to the article…  
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