Church to Former Pastors: Sorry We Treated You Like Trash

If you’ve been a pastor for more than ten minutes, you have heard of churches that churn through pastors and staff. For one reason or another, the church can not keep people for more than a couple of years before they are looking to go somewhere else. Sometimes it is the pastor’s fault, other times it is a stiff necked congregation, whichever it is, it is depressing… and significantly lessens a church’s spiritual impact. Earlier this week we came across the story of a church in Indiana that recently brought back a series of former pastors for a service of corporate...
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Should you stack your leadership team and board with your bffs?

Charles Stone asks a great question in a post at his blog today.  He asks, ‘should you stack your leadership team with your best friends’? I’ve seen churches where best friends, college room mates, brothers and family members, etc. made up the board. And I’ve seen churches where the boards actually despised one another. Is either of these scenarios a good thing? QUESTION:  How good of friends are you with your board members? Are there lines that you don’t cross with them? Do you get together with them individually for lunch?  Go on vacations together? Or do you keep it...
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How same-sex marriage came to be

Michael J. Klarman writes in Harvard magazine: FIFTY YEARS AGO, every state criminalized homosexual sex, and even the American Civil Liberties Union did not object. The federal government would not hire people who were openly gay or permit them to serve in the military. Police routinely raided gay bars. Only a handful of gay-rights organizations existed, and their membership was sparse. Most Americans would have considered the idea of same-sex marriage facetious. Today, opinion polls consistently show a majority of Americans endorsing such marriages; among those aged 18 to 29, support is as high as 70...
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Monday Dilemma: Filing a police complaint on a church member

OK… how would you deal with this scenario (as reported by Associated Baptist Press): A Southern Baptist megachurch reportedly filed a police report on a church member who raised questions about news stories alleging that nearly 25 years ago leaders of the congregation failed to alert authorities about credible accusations of child molestation by a staff member. Chris Tynes, a software engineer and member of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas, for more than a decade, says he spoke with a detective about a complaint labeling him a “suspicious person, possibly violent” after he was...
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Time, urgency, and the future

Seth Godin writes: There’s never enough time to be as patient as we need to be. Not enough slack to focus on the long-term, too much urgency in the now to take the time and to plan ahead. That urgent sign post just ahead demands all of our intention (and attention), and we decide to invest in, “down the road,” down the road. Those are great words to just sit and ponder for a Monday morning. But wait… there’s more: It’s not only more urgent, but it’s easier to run to the urgent meeting than it is to sit down with a colleague and figure out the truth of what...
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7 Signs You Are Primed for a Fall

A couple years ago Jim Sheppard told a group of church planters at Exponential that the quickest way to take down a church is for the pastor to have a moral failure. The truth is, a pastor’s falling not only significantly hurts the church, but it impacts the congregation in ways that we will never fully understand. This is why it is so important for pastors to not only be on guard, but know the signs that they are heading down a bad road. Chuck Lawless recently shared his list of warning signs on Thom Ranier’s blog: Being overconfident Suffering emotional and physical fatigue Failing to...
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Things we’ll never say…

Sometimes what’s not said is more important than what is said. And there are things you’ll never say, either. I’m not a gambling man, but I’d put good money on the line that you’ll never say any of these things. And if you find yourself saying them, stop it. CLICK IMAGE TO WATCH VIDEO (Length:  4 min 56 sec) Subscribe to MinistryBriefing on YouTube What do YOU think?  Leave a text or video comment...
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Five things leaders don’t talk about at parties

As leaders, we aren’t always honest about how we are feeling. It’s almost as if there’s an unwritten rule that we have to hide our true emotions because…if people knew what we were really feeling…they may not respect us, they may not follow us…and…just being candid…they may not even like us. (Which to some leaders is the biggest fear.) I’ve learned through working with dozens of pastors and leaders the last few years that, if we are not careful, leadership can become a game we play. One leader tries to impress another leader and all leaders, at one...
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The Pastor and the virtual vice

The seven deadly sins have new partners in crime. Lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride still attract a lot of attention. But as the Internet and other media invade American life, our vices have also gone virtual, according to a new study. Nearly half of Americans say they are tempted to idle the hours away on the Internet, video games and television, according to Barna Group, a California-based Christian research organization. And more than one in four American men admit to struggling with Internet pornography or other sexually inappropriate material online. Millennials — Americans...
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What happens if you just write down your goal?

According to new research, people who write down their goals are 33% more likely to achieve them. AND… people who regularly write down their goals earn nine times as much over their lifetimes as people who don’t. How important are goals in your ministry? Do you write them down? Do you share them with others? Are you being held accountable to accomplish and revisit your goals on a regular basis? Leave a comment… what is YOUR relationship with ‘goals’?  Love them? Hate them? And what place do goals have in...
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