Pastor, YOU SUCK.

Artie Davis gives us 7 confessions today… 7 times over his nearly 30 year pastoral career when he truly sucked at ministry: 1.  When he allowed himself to get burned out 2. When he put the church’s growth above his wife’s well-being 3.  When he ignored the passions of those he lead 4.  When he forgot the importance of kids ministry 5.  When he tried to do what worked somewhere else 6.  When he didn’t remember what was important to those on the team 7.  When he minimized the real pain of others. Read, in more detail, from Artie here. What would you add to the list? When...
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Honest church postcards…

What would really HONEST church marketing look like for most churches? Echohub gives us some examples. Somehow, I don’t think Outreach Marketing will be selling many of these: Here are some more! What would your church’s (honest) postcards...
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What did you count yesterday?

Geoff Surratt says he would count four things if he were the lead pastor in a church: 1. Attendance It is popular today to say that attendance doesn’t matter, but it does. If you don’t have people you don’t have a church. Bigger numbers don’t mean a better church, but small numbers mean people are going away and there is a reason. So I would track attendance, I’d just resist the urge to brag about it on Twitter. (Yes that was a shot at you, you know who you are.) 2. Giving  Giving indicates growth both as a church and as an individual. If giving is increasing then there is growth happening,...
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Six ways to love the sinner and hate the sin

Jesse Johnson shares some ideas on how to minister to those who are caught in a sinful lifestyle… (here, specifically, homosexuality): 1) Remember the gospel, which is another way of saying the over-riding issue is that homosexuality is a sin, and that all sin is against God. Yet God is also eager to forgive any sin that is confessed in faith, and repented of. The reason this issue is difficult is because the Christian has the desire to see his friends and co-workers come to faith, and we know that salvation is really impossible if a person refuses to recognize their sin. 2) Don’t approve of...
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Is your vision big enough to scare high capacity leaders?

Carey Nieuwhof says he was recently challenged when a friend of his told him about the need to “have a vision big enough to make high capacity leaders afraid.” Carey believes that: 1.  High capacity visions attract high capacity people and 2.  High commitment environments attract highly committed people. In fact, the lower your bar is, the lower your chance is to accomplish anything significant. So… Carey offers us five ways that we all can engage ‘high capacity’ leaders: Here are five things you can do that can help engage high capacity leaders: 1. Become passionate...
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Beards, Ed Stetzer and Other Important Stuff

According to GeekoSystem, a recent study suggests that women find men with beards to be more attractive than those without. Being a beardless man, I instantly recognized this study as a bunch of hoooey, just another piece of pop-science that is being manipulated to make certain communities feel good. In this Ministry Briefing video, you will find little in the way of spiritually edifying material, however you will find: A picture of Ed Stetzer A good bit of laughter A Beth Moore reference A photoshop challenge More laughter A gratuitous plug for Ministry Briefing Discussion of the facial hair choices...
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Types of Preaching

If I had a choice, I think I’d take the tropical: HT:  SacredSandwich.com    
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Beyond what the law allows

I’m not threatening… but… a warning to all worship leaders and sound board operators. I’ll give you one more week. Thank you. Share Sign up for our Weekly Email for Church...
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Four drummers I’d like to see in church

OK… I don’t know that I’d really like to see these guys in church; but they would liven up some things, I guess. Check these guys out. The first is my all-time favorite. I’ve thrown in a classic Bill Cosby bit at the end as a bonus…
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God’s one man band…

Enjoy…
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