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Current Events, Leadership, Staffing, Start Here
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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Current Events, Leadership, Leadership, Ministry Briefing, Staffing, Start Here, Trends
A number of changes are coming in the next 10-20 years for the church, including a need for more churches to rely on bi-vocational pastors and minimizing the role of seminary. Some churches will rely on seminary students with online degrees. Home churches and creative fundraising will also become important as more churches struggle to survive financially.
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: Financial changes are going to squeeze many churches in the next 10-20 years. How will your ministry adapt? 
  • Rethinking training: Ministry training is changing to online courses or church-based programs and internships. Are there ways you can ease the on-ramp to ministry in your church?
  • Funding Ministry: If you have financial concerns at your ministry, are there ways you can incorporate more bi-vocational enterprises into your staffing?
  • New Meeting Models: While multisite is a popular option for churches today, are we approaching a time when home meetings are going to become more financially ideal?
Looking ahead 10 years, which of these challenges do you expect to encounter? 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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Current Events, Current Events, Leadership, Leadership, Ministry Briefing, Staffing, Start Here, Trends, Uncategorized
Thom Rainer writes that many churches will seek to hire a pastor of community evangelism in the future. Rainer writes that evangelism continues to be a struggle for many churches, and one person to lead local evangelism efforts will be key. Most churches are not evangelistic and they struggle to coordinate events, ministries, and social media connections, leading to a need for a new position.
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: Evangelism is a challenge for many Christians, including evangelicals, and a central position focused on sharing the Gospel can help churches improve in their focus and coordination.
  • Reversing Trends: If churches are losing members and failing to reach out, then the decline of congregations is inevitable unless there’s a change.
  • Coordinating Ministries: A champion for evangelism on staff will keep it from falling through the cracks or being overshadowed by other concerns.
  • Tying Social Media to Evangelism: How people work out their faith and search for answers is changing, and evangelism is both online and in person today.
How can your church provide support to your evangelism efforts? 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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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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Current Events, Current Events, Leadership, Ministry Briefing, Staffing, Start Here, Uncategorized
Half of the former pastors surveyed by LifeWay shared that their churches had unrealistic expectations. In fact, pastors often feel conflicted between ministry needs and their families. In fact, 94% of pastors in ministry work hard to protect their family time. However, those who left ministry (74%) shared that they struggled to find an excuse to be with their family.
Click here to read the entire story.  Read more stories like this in this week’s Ministry Briefing for just $1 an issue for the next 4 weeks! Why this matters for church leaders: This study from LifeWay identifies what sets apart healthy pastors from burned out pastors. Is there a church staff that wouldn’t want to take a look at that?
  • The Good News: Contrary to reports that pastors are leaving the ministry in droves, this story offers some good news: the vast majority of pastors are continuing to serve.
  • Who Is on Call? Pastors who designate different people to be on call and to handle emergencies throughout the week were less likely to burn out (94%) since they were able to guard family time from ministry time.
  • The Warning Sign of Burn Out: Church staff and elders should keep a close eye on how pastors spend their time away from their family. If a pastor isn’t getting home on time or is always on call, that could be a warning sign that they need more support and more time at home.
Do you have clear boundaries for family time and ministry time? Are there people at your church who can help you establish better boundaries? 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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Current Events, Current Events, Ministry Briefing, Staffing, Start Here

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Thom Rainer recently evaluated the 2017 Church Compensation handbook and found that salaries are ranked in the following order: pastor, executive pastor, and worship/music leader. Youth pastors are not paid more depending on the size and finances of the church, but senior pastors/lead pastors are. Two thirds of pastors have health insurance but only half of pastors received a raise in the past year.
Click here to read the full article from Thom Rainer. Why does this matter for church leaders? The effectiveness of church leaders often hinges on whether their salary packages alleviate the financial stress that can prove a burden for their mental health. While Rainer’s summary of the handbook has several encouraging points, here are several key challenges each church should consider:
  • Are staff salaries trending in the wrong direction? Half of pastors did not receive a raise, which means that churches aren’t forecasting an increase in giving in order to keep up with the personal expenses that pastors will face. Are there areas to trim back in order to guarantee at least a minimal raise for pastoral staff?
  • Are youth pastors underpaid? Youth pastor salaries did not increase based on church size, indicating the youth pastors with large ministry responsibilities may be under-valued and under-paid for a position that can be particularly difficult and stressful.
  • Does your staff have adequate health care? Health care is a major expense for families who do not have adequate insurance coverage, and one third of pastors are not offered health insurance. How can your church mitigate some of the risks these pastors are dealing with?
How does your church measure up to Rainer’s analysis? Is it time to schedule a meeting with your finance team? 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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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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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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