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There have been times during my ministry that I just wish someone would have just told me what to do. Seriously. I remember one time that I had to confront my then senior pastor on a major sin he had been hiding from everyone. I had inadvertently discovered it, and now had the burden of addressing the issue with my pastor, my boss, and my best friend. I mean… how in the world do you go about doing that? There was another time when (another pastor) was telling blatant lies about me and calling my integrity into question with people in the congregation. What a mess. I often wished there was a “church” Judge Judy… or maybe a “ministry” Dr. Laura that I could confide to and get input from. My problem was simple: everyone I knew either went to my church, was involved in another local church or my denomination, or ‘knew people that knew people’. There was no one that I could speak with confidentially. I couldn’t open up. Bottom line: I felt isolated and alone. Other times, the struggles were much more subtle. Like when I felt God was nudging me along to a new phase of ministry, but I wasn’t sure. Or when I needed some advice on how to deal with a team member or volunteer that was challenging or draining. Ministry is messy. And many times I felt pretty stinking alone. I wish I would have had someone to talk to… someone without a dog in my fight, that could speak objectively into my situation. Over the years, I’ve talked with many others that have felt the same way… neck deep in ministry with questions they need answers to or help with but didn’t really have anyone to ask. Sometimes we just feel trapped or get stuck. There is value in listening, and there is value in being heard. There is value in doing the right thing. And there is value in seeking good advice. And it’s important, in a ministry context, to speak with someone that you trust will have your best interests (and confidentiality) in mind. I’d like to serve you in that role. I’ve worked in churches. I’ve served on boards. I’ve been hired. And I’ve had to hire and fire. I’ve served in great times, and when times were literally jacked up. I’ve been on both sides of the table. To be honest, there’s not much that surprises me. If there’s one thing my 30 years in ministry has taught me, it’s that the advice of a trusted advisor is EXTREMELY valuable. It can bring clarity and restore confidence and calling. If you need someone to bounce an idea off of, help resolve a conflict, or you need to get advice on your next move, I think I can provide some extreme value to you in your ministry. Maybe you just need someone to listen to your hopes, dreams, or frustrations or act as a sounding board. I’d love to help. I’m opening up a few one-hour sessions over the next few weeks. I would feel privileged to be your trusted advisor and confidant. In fact… it would be an honor. To schedule our time, just go to http://bit.ly/ministryadvice or reach out to me with any questions via my personal email at toddrhoades@gmail.com. I’d love to help you in whatever way I can.
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The center of Christianity has shifted from the north to the global south, as Christian populations in Asia, Africa, and Latin American continue to explode. While 80% of Christians were located in North America and Europe a century ago, they are now only 40%, while Latin America and Africa account for 1 billion Christians. One out of four Christians in the world lives in Africa. Asia will also see significant Christian growth.
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: Christianity isn’t declining worldwide, and this should give American church leaders pause in considering the future planning.
  • Church Growth Strategies: The church is growing and most numerous throughout Africa and Latin America, but are American churches, struggling with decline, willing to listen to these churches?
  • New Global Church Leaders: Church leadership is going to shift from the global north to the global south, but will church leaders in North America and Europe be ready to listen?
  • Local Evangelism Matters: With so many leaving the American church or declaring themselves as “religious nones,” local evangelism is now more important than ever.
How can your church benefit from the wisdom of the global church? 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!
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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.

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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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Women not only outnumber men in American churches, they also outnumber men worldwide when it comes to religion. In the U.S. six in ten women value faith, and four in ten attend church at least once a week. Only 47% of American men value faith, while one third attend church weekly. Worldwide, 51% of women prefer to talk about faith, while 69% of men prefer to discuss politics.
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: Women worldwide are more drawn to religion than men since men favor politics, and this brings up important demographic concerns for ministries.
  • Not Just the U.S. Church: Women favor religion across faiths and across national boundaries, so it’s possible that any church struggling to attract men is dealing with a much bigger issue than a local, American church issue.
  • Power and Authority: If men are naturally drawn to political power, does this bring up concerns for the roles that men play in churches and the potential to abuse power?
  • Commitments and Roles: If women are more committed to religion in general, does that impact our outreach and church leadership roles?
In what ways does this study relate to your ministry and the challenges it faces? 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!
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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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Generation Z, those born after 1998, are the first generation that has been truly native to the internet and to computers. They make up 25% of the US population and will turn 18 this year. They are more culturally diverse and have yet to exert their influence on the wider culture, but they will soon, and changes are coming. They are wired to social media frequently, but social media also impacts their self-esteem. They report that they prefer Instagram and video content, averaging 11 hours of viewing online video content per week.
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: For all of our focus on Millennials, the next major generational group, temporarily called Generation Z, is set to attend college and makes up 25% of the U.S. population.
  • Identity Issues: Social media and peer pressure are especially important for this generation. How can churches help these young people stay grounded in their identity in Christ?
  • Native to Online Connection: While this generation values online connections and social media, how does the church balance making connections and creating space to disconnect?
  • Video Is Important: Do you see this generation’s focus on video as an advantage or disadvantage for your church?
How can you mentor and learn from this new generation in your church? 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.

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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, Current Events, Leadership, Ministry Briefing, Start Here
A series of threats and vandalism incidents in America have many church attendees on their guard in the event of a radical Islamist attack. With plentiful guns and easy online access to radical teachings, many fear that a church could be the next terror attack target after the murder of Rev. Jacques Hamel, in the Normandy town of St.-Étienne-du-Rouvray. Many churches are adding security guards and working on ways to prepare members for an attack.
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: Security will become an important issue for the American church in the midst of radical extremists who may see churches as a key target.
  • A True Threat? The murder of a French priest by an ISIS extremist combined with threats against churches in America have some worried that an attack on a church could happen.
  • Preparations:S. law enforcement officials are taking security measures in some larger churches, but smaller to medium-sized churches should also review emergency procedures and may look into hiring security if necessary.
  • Security vs. Outreach: The majority of Muslims remain peace-loving and share many common values with Christians. Security threats from extremists should not prevent us from being good neighbors or sharing the Gospel.
Do you have someone at your church who can take charge of security issues? 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!
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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, Ministry Briefing, Outreach, Start Here, Uncategorized
The Missouri Baptist Convention realizes that most Christians in the St. Louis area missed a significant opportunity 20 years ago when many Bosnian refugees fled to their city. The refugee communities largely became closed off and self-dependent, and today they remain difficult to reach with the Gospel. In light of that, the convention is making plans to help welcome the 800 refugees from across the world—primarily from Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Afghanistan and the Congo. An additional 1200 are scheduled for next year.
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: Refugees will continue to pose challenges for state, local, and federal governments, and churches need to decide how they will use these opportunities to reach out to people who have lost everything.
  • The Clarity of Hindsight: While the St. Louis Baptists can see with perfect clarity that they missed opportunities in the past, could some churches look back on today in 20 years and see the same opportunities missed?
  • Record-Setting Refugees: Instability in Central America, western Africa, and the Middle East ensure that we will face a record number of refugees for years to come.
  • Refugee Partnerships: Most churches don’t have the resources on their own to support refugee families, but with the help of larger groups, such as state-wide conventions, they can tap into more resources.
Are there opportunities in your community to help refugees? 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!
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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, Current Events, Generosity, Leadership, Ministry Briefing, Start Here
In current church giving trends, 15% of the church will donate roughly half of the church’s budget, and that percentage tends to drop the larger the church. In addition, half of that 15% will donate half of the capital campaign dollars. This small segment of donors are critical for the success of any fundraising campaign or meeting a church budget.
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: Finances are a day to day challenge for churches, so understanding the general trends of giving in most churches will save you time and help you focus your time and communication.
  • Ministry Focus vs. Communication Focus: While a church should seek to minister to those in need, the relatively small group of donors who provide the majority of the funds will need more communication about how their donations are used.
  • Church Growth Vs. Donor Growth: As your church grows, that small percentage of major donors will tend to grow proportionally and may even decrease.
  • Planning Capital Campaigns: Major donors will tend to cover even more of your costs for a capital campaign, which means that successful campaign tends to depend on communicating with a few key donors.
How does this story impact your communication with donors? 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!
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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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A LifeWay study found that 64% of Americans have had at least three conversations about politics in the past month, and 59% would rather talk about politics, compared to 41% who would rather talk about religion. 1 in 2 evangelicals talk about their religion more than politics. Men were more likely than women to prefer politics over religion.
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: Contrary to the popular saying that polite conversation avoids politics and religion, many Americans prefer discussing politics rather than religion.
  • What to Talk About? Are there ways that we can make talking about religion more open and inviting, encouraging others to share their beliefs without the fear of being disrespected?
  • What to Avoid Talking About? Have Christians made the mistake of preferring politics over sharing the gospel? Have we sometimes mixed the two together too much?
  • Boundaries: It’s natural to expect people to hold back on talking about a deeply important matter like religion, and oftentimes we need to trust someone before talking about it.
Where does your church land in talking about politics and religion? Too much politics? Too little religion? 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.

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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, Current Events, Ministry Briefing, Start Here, Trends
The Gin Tub, a bar south of London, has employed technology from the 1830’s called a Faraday Cage to block cell phone signals inside of the bar. Patrons are unable to use their phones in the bar, and for the most part, it has changed the culture of the bar, winning the loyalty of many who enjoy the experience.
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: While pubs and bars are an important part of the community culture in Britain, American churches could take note of this unique bar’s attempt to build better community.
  • Alternatives to Blocking: There are most likely safety and legal concerns with blocking cell signals, but can churches be more proactive in discouraging the use of cell phones on Sunday morning?
  • Relying on Cell Phones? Perhaps your church relies on cell phones to use church-based apps on Sunday morning, but are there unintended costs to community when it comes to relying on cell phones?
  • Creating Spaces: A bar creates a public space to gather with friends. How can churches create social spaces in their buildings in order to encourage members to spend more time with each other?
What can you control about your church’s environment and culture when it comes to encouraging more community and conversation? 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!
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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, Current Events, Start Here
Since the Supreme Court ruled that after school Bible clubs could not be banned from public schools, Child Evangelism Fellowship has been launching Good New Bible clubs in roughly 5% of American public elementary schools. However, the Satanic Temple has announced that it will use the same court ruling in order to launch after school Satan clubs that will emphasize scientific rationalism, free thought, and puzzle solving activities. The Satanic Temple notes that it does not worship a being known as Satan and that “Satan” is a metaphorical construct in their view.
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: As bad as this headline may seem, church leaders shouldn’t panic, since these clubs will only be in a small number of schools, may have limited appeal, and don’t actually involve the worship of Satan. While church leaders shouldn’t welcome this development, they can offer perspective to worried church members.
  • Freedom of Religion? Religious liberty groups are not opposing this move by the Satanic Temple, since the government cannot show preference to a religion.
  • Which Satan? The Satanic Temple claims that Satan is only a metaphor and that they emphasize rational thought and thinking for yourself. There is no actual worship of a fallen angel.
  • Opportunities for Dialogue: The implication of Satanic groups is that Christians don’t allow free thought, giving Christians a chance to discuss the freedom we have in Christ and the robust history of intellectualism in Christianity.
How can you enter into dialogue about the freedom of thought in Christianity in your community? 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, Current Events, Ministry Briefing, Start Here, Technology
Smartphones are addictive and our brain’s instinctively respond to pings and social media updates, triggering dopamine rewards that make it a pleasure to check your phone. The expectation of text messages and the dopamine reward override the judgment of the prefrontal cortex where most judgment and reasoning occurs.
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: Cell phones present almost irresistible distractions, and this can impact more than our safety in our cars. We can miss out on valuable time with family, friends, and colleagues.
  • Always with us: Cell phones are always with us, and that can create a nervous habit of always needing to check something, even during a conversation.
  • Turning off notifications: One step we can take toward being more fully present is disabling notifications so that we have less pings to distract us.
  • Building community: Smartphones can be community killers if we don’t talk about the way they change our interactions with each other and our families.
Are there steps you can take to become less distracted by your cell phone or smartphone? 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!
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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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