Church PR nightmare: Mashed potatoes should have gone to homeless, not for your ‘food fight’

Uh-oh.  Sometimes you can’t win. Like when a church did a fall kick-off for their student ministries. Fun stuff!  A couple of the attractions for the youth 1.  A banana split slip n’ slide 2. A food fight with flour bombs, instant mashed potatoes, spaghetti noodles and eggs. Except for one thing. People could’ve eaten that food. Snap. Here’s the apology letter printed in the local paper: To the editor: Sunday evening, Aug. 25 started our fall kickoff for our students in grades 6-12 at Kish Valley Grace Brethren Church. There was giant Jenga, cornhole, kickball, banana split...
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Excommunicating elders at a megachurch is messy business

Harvest Bible Chapel in Chicago is a huge church. And earlier this month, they played a video in all of their services, at all of their campuses, telling of how they are ex-communicating two elders from their fellowship. WATCH THE VIDEO HERE READ THE CHURCH DISCIPLINE LETTER HERE In fact, according to some reports, a dozen or more elders or high level staff have left HBC over the past few years.  The controversy all seems to center around the senior pastor James MacDonald. Many of the former elders have gone on record with problems they felt were being unaddressed by the elder board and MacDonald....
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Hillsong LA is freaking people out

What if other churches lose members when Hillsong opens their new church in Southern California? An article, based on a comment from a ‘visitor’ (not sure where she was a visitor to or from), says that the opening of the new Hillsong will likely be devastating. “There are plenty of churches in the Orange and Los Angeles Counties that will be swallowed whole when Hillsong LA arrives…There are jobs that will be lost and pastors who will see their congregations dwindle. There are also plenty of larger churches as well [whose] pastors have spoken at your conferences, supported your...
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Mondays are HORRIBLE for procrastinators

It’s Monday… the start of a brand new week. You’re either raring to go (and have already gotten about 2 days work done already this morning)… or you may be a procrastinator. I can be either, depending on my mood and situation of the day. But I’ve found that Monday’s can be the hardest day of the week to get going. And if you’re a procrastinator, you may be honing your skills as we speak! Take a look at this, and see if you see yourself in any of these: HT:...
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What the church could learn from Apple…

Whether you love Apple or despise them… you have to admit… they have a good thing going. What if the church could re-invent themselves every year, and have everyone totally buy-in to it? Something like this: QUESTION:  What does Apple do that mesmerizes people so much? Is there any of that magic that the church could adopt? Todd
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How to spot a manipulative church leader

We all know at least one. Most of us have worked for one. The manipulative church leader. Donald Miller has a great piece on how to spot these manipulative guys (and gals). You need to read his narrative, here… According to Miller, a Christian leader who is manipulative will: Never be truly vulnerable. They will never tell stories about their weaknesses. If they do, those stories will be about how they are too strong, too devout and too many other things that are more or less humble brags. Always have the true answer, and truth is truth because they said it. The truth is the Bible is complex,...
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The real test of pastoral integrity.

You never know, as a church leader, where your integrity may be tested. My guess is that, while you’ve never thought about it, the dentist might be a huge test of integrity for most all of us. What physical location is a huge test for YOUR integrity? Todd
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7 reasons you’re not reaching the unchurched (even though you want to)…

Carey Nieuwhof admits that most leaders he knows WANT their church to grow.  They WANT to reach unchurched people. But few are. Here are some reasons why, according to Carey: 1. Your desire to reach unchurched people is an intention, not a strategy. You’re basically doing what you’ve always been doing and hoping for different results. Wanting people to attend and creating a church unchurched people love to attend are two very different things. If you haven’t made radical changes to how you do church, don’t expect radically different results. 2. You’ve ended up in No-Man’s Land by trying...
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Do you suck at difficult conversations?

Uh-oh… read these words of Dan Rockwell: Lousy leaders build mediocre organizations because they dance around issues. But, remarkable is the result of difficult conversations done skillfully. And then he hits us with this: Mediocrity arrives when difficult conversations are avoided. Come on man… it’s Monday! Dan continues: The false face lousy leaders wear invites others to be false too. Lousy leaders reject personal transparency in favor of pretending. But, everyone knows that no one has it all together. Tough conversations are best received when given by imperfect leaders....
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How to hire pastors who perform like NFL stars…

Tony Parrish, All-Pro nine year NFL Veteran, talks about what makes former NFL players attractive as employees and how churches can learn to find pastors who will perform at a high level like and NFL player. What do YOU think? HT: I4J
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